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Traffic safety officials predict that drivers will be [#permalink]  06 Jul 2009, 21:50
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Traffic safety officials predict that drivers will be equally likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as the current one.

A. equally likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as
B. equally likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as they are
C. equally likely that they will exceed the proposed speed limit as
D. as likely that they will exceed the proposed speed limit as
E. as likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as they are.
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Re: Traffic safety officials predict that drivers will be [#permalink]  07 Jul 2009, 04:34
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Traffic safety officials predict that drivers will be equally likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as the current one.
'...as the current one.' would be right so we have A, C and D.
'...likely that they will...' is too wordy. A is precise '...likely to...'.
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Re: Traffic safety officials predict that drivers will be [#permalink]  13 Jun 2010, 04:53
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Re: Traffic safety officials predict that drivers will be [#permalink]  13 Jun 2010, 05:06
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Well, I think the use of "as" in option A is wrong.
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Re: Traffic safety officials predict that drivers will be [#permalink]  13 Jun 2010, 05:16
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Yepp!!, atleast to me.

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Re: Traffic safety officials predict that drivers will be [#permalink]  23 Jun 2010, 12:26
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correct idiom is "as likely as"

Traffic safety officials predict that drivers will be equally likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as the current one.

A. equally likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as - incorrect idiom
B. equally likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as they are - incorrect idiom
C. equally likely that they will exceed the proposed speed limit as - incorrect idiom
D. as likely that they will exceed the proposed speed limit as - incorrect
E. as likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as they are [to exceed]. - correct

Traffic safety officials predict that drivers will be as likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as they are [to exceed] the current one [speed limit]
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Re: Traffic safety officials predict that drivers will be [#permalink]  23 Jun 2010, 14:08
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ritjn2003 wrote:
Traffic safety officials predict that drivers will
be equally likely to exceed the proposed speed
limit as the current one.
A. equally likely to exceed the proposed speed
limit as
B. equally likely to exceed the proposed speed
limit as they are
C. equally likely that they will exceed the proposed
speed limit as
D. as likely that they will exceed the proposed
speed limit as
E. as likely to exceed the proposed speed limit
as they are.

Even I think option A draws a wrong analogy: "drivers will be equally likely to X as Y"
Should be "drivers will be equally like to X as they are (to) Y.
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Re: Traffic safety officials predict that drivers will be [#permalink]  25 Oct 2012, 05:32
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"as" is used to compare clauses not verbs.
A clause is a group of words that containg among them a subject and a verb.
In the question mentioned, the not underlined portion is a noun phrase. So if we have to use "as" then make this particular noun phrase a clause by adding a verb.
On the reasons mentioned above, ACD are eliminated.
In B, I don't think that a sole "as" can withstand the pressure of comparing.Henceforth, as likely as is preferrable.
Hope that helps.
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Re: Traffic safety officials predict that drivers will be [#permalink]  25 Oct 2012, 19:17
ritjn2003 wrote:
Traffic safety officials predict that drivers will
be equally likely to exceed the proposed speed
limit as the current one.
A. equally likely to exceed the proposed speed
limit as
B. equally likely to exceed the proposed speed
limit as they are
C. equally likely that they will exceed the proposed
speed limit as
D. as likely that they will exceed the proposed
speed limit as
E. as likely to exceed the proposed speed limit
as they are.

Option E is correct. Whenever you see "As" being used for comparison, it must be followed by a clause. This leaves us with two options B & E. Between B & E, E has the correct idiom usage as X as.

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Re: Traffic safety officials predict that drivers will be [#permalink]  23 Feb 2013, 21:52
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equally likely.... as -> wrong
as likely......as -> correct

So a,b,c - out

d -> as likely that.... as current one-> from parallelism point need THAT
so wrong

correct option E:
Traffic safety officials predict that drivers will be as likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as they are the current one.
as they are (to exceed) the current (speed limit).
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Re: Traffic safety officials predict that drivers will be [#permalink]  16 Jan 2014, 23:08
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BukrsGmat wrote:

equally likely.... as -> wrong
as likely......as -> correct

So a,b,c - out

d -> as likely that.... as current one-> from parallelism point need THAT
so wrong

correct option E:
Traffic safety officials predict that drivers will be as likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as they are the current one.
as they are (to exceed) the current (speed limit).

Rule tested- Parallelism (ellipsis)

"to exceed" is implied in the second half of the sentence.

This is a case of ellipsis in comparison. In this some words omitted from the sentence to make it more concise. Both noun and verb can be omitted. The omitted words should be present in the first part of the sentence in the same form.

Jim's pen is brighter than Alex's (pen). - Correct! ("pen" is implies)
Jim is smarter than Alex (is). - Correct! ("is" is implied)

The omission of a noun for concision is straightforward. Just make sure that the 2 nouns in the sentence can be logically compared. But there are certain exceptions when you are deciding

whether to include a verb in the second half of the sentence.

Tense Shift

If the verb tense changes from the first to the second half of the sentence, then the verb must not be omitted in the second half.

· You look more beautiful think year than last year. - Incorrect

· You look more beautiful this year than you did last year.- Correct

Meaning Ambiguity-

Do not omit the verb if doing so will make the sentence’s meaning ambiguous.

I love my dog more than my friend. - Incorrect

Here, the intended meaning could be that I love my dog more than I love my friend, OR
that I love my dog more than my friend does. Since the omission of the verb in the second half of the sentence distorts the meaning, this sentence is incorrect on the GMAT.

·
I love my dog more than I love my friend.- Correct!

·
I love my dog more than my friend does.- Correct!

Coming to the option D and E

Option D makes a parallelism error. If we simplify, we get the following structures:

D. Drivers will be

as likely that they will exceed the proposed speed limit

as the current one (speed limit)

Comparing a clause with a noun phrase.

E. Drivers will be

as likely to exceed the proposed speed limit

as they are (to exceed ) the current one (speed limit)

Comparing two clauses.

As for the use of "that", both "likely that" and "likely to" are correct.

'Likely that' is correct.

It's likely that+ clause

Likely is often used with it as a subject

For example: It's likely that I'll be late.

The other usage is with infinitive

be likely to+ infinitive

For example: I'm likely to be late.

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Re: Traffic safety officials predict that drivers will be [#permalink]  23 May 2014, 23:00
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CrackVerbalGMAT wrote:
BukrsGmat wrote:

equally likely.... as -> wrong
as likely......as -> correct

So a,b,c - out

d -> as likely that.... as current one-> from parallelism point need THAT
so wrong

correct option E:
Traffic safety officials predict that drivers will be as likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as they are the current one.
as they are (to exceed) the current (speed limit).

Rule tested- Parallelism (ellipsis)

"to exceed" is implied in the second half of the sentence.

This is a case of ellipsis in comparison. In this some words omitted from the sentence to make it more concise. Both noun and verb can be omitted. The omitted words should be present in the first part of the sentence in the same form.

Jim's pen is brighter than Alex's (pen). - Correct! ("pen" is implies)
Jim is smarter than Alex (is). - Correct! ("is" is implied)

The omission of a noun for concision is straightforward. Just make sure that the 2 nouns in the sentence can be logically compared. But there are certain exceptions when you are deciding

whether to include a verb in the second half of the sentence.

Tense Shift

If the verb tense changes from the first to the second half of the sentence, then the verb must not be omitted in the second half.

· You look more beautiful think year than last year. - Incorrect

· You look more beautiful this year than you did last year.- Correct

Meaning Ambiguity-

Do not omit the verb if doing so will make the sentence’s meaning ambiguous.

I love my dog more than my friend. - Incorrect

Here, the intended meaning could be that I love my dog more than I love my friend, OR
that I love my dog more than my friend does. Since the omission of the verb in the second half of the sentence distorts the meaning, this sentence is incorrect on the GMAT.

·
I love my dog more than I love my friend.- Correct!

·
I love my dog more than my friend does.- Correct!

Coming to the option D and E

Option D makes a parallelism error. If we simplify, we get the following structures:

D. Drivers will be

as likely that they will exceed the proposed speed limit

as the current one (speed limit)

Comparing a clause with a noun phrase.

E. Drivers will be

as likely to exceed the proposed speed limit

as they are (to exceed ) the current one (speed limit)

Comparing two clauses.

As for the use of "that", both "likely that" and "likely to" are correct.

'Likely that' is correct.

It's likely that+ clause

Likely is often used with it as a subject

For example: It's likely that I'll be late.

The other usage is with infinitive

be likely to+ infinitive

For example: I'm likely to be late.

Hope this helps!
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Hi Dolly,
Thanks for the detailed explanation.

Any difference between 'equally likely' & 'as likely'?

How do we use them & where?

Thanks for your help!

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Re: Traffic safety officials predict that drivers will be [#permalink]  04 Aug 2014, 08:52
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Traffic safety officials predict that drivers will be equally likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as the current one.

A. equally likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as

B. equally likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as they are

C. equally likely that they will exceed the proposed speed limit as

D. as likely that they will exceed the proposed speed limit as

E. as likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as they are.

The answer is E no question about it.
I understand that the "they" is for the "driver" and the "current one" is for speed limit. Also we omit the "likely to exceed" between they and current one.
My question is why we can omit the "likely to exceed" and under what circumstance we can omit.
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Re: Traffic safety officials predict that drivers will be [#permalink]  04 Aug 2014, 08:55
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Hello guys, I would like to ask a question and hope someone can help me. thank you!!!!

Traffic safety officials predict that drivers will be equally likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as the current one.

A. equally likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as

B. equally likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as they are

C. equally likely that they will exceed the proposed speed limit as

D. as likely that they will exceed the proposed speed limit as

E. as likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as they are.

The answer is E no question about it.
I understand that the "they" is for the "driver" and the "current one" is for speed limit. Also we omit the "likely to exceed" between they and current one.
My question is why we can omit the "likely to exceed" and under what circumstance we can omit.
thank you guys so much, thank you!

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Re: Traffic safety officials predict that drivers will be [#permalink]  06 Sep 2015, 18:56
Marcab wrote:
"as" is used to compare clauses not verbs.
A clause is a group of words that containg among them a subject and a verb.
In the question mentioned, the not underlined portion is a noun phrase. So if we have to use "as" then make this particular noun phrase a clause by adding a verb.
On the reasons mentioned above, ACD are eliminated.
In B, I don't think that a sole "as" can withstand the pressure of comparing.Henceforth, as likely as is preferrable.
Hope that helps.
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In this question, http://gmatclub.com/forum/roughly-one-half-of-the-worlds-population-including-95938.html,

Roughly one-half of the world’s population, including virtually all of East and Southeast Asia also, is wholly dependent on rice to be its staple food.

A. including virtually all of East and Southeast Asia also, is wholly dependent on
rice to be
B. including virtually all of East and Southeast Asia, is wholly dependent on rice as
C. virtually all of East and Southeast Asia as well, wholly dependent on rice as
D. which includes virtually all of East and Southeast Asia’s, being wholly dependent
on rice as
E. which includes virtually all of East and Southeast Asia also, is wholly dependent
on rice to be

OA:B

We have "as its staple food". This segment doesn't have a verb so it cannot be called a clause. Can you please help me in understanding where I am getting wrong and how I can apply this concept in more generic fashion.

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Re: Traffic safety officials predict that drivers will be [#permalink]  09 Sep 2015, 01:54
Traffic safety officials predict that drivers will be equally likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as the current one.

A. equally likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as - WRONG - Equally likely....as... - makes no sense
B. equally likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as they are - WRONG - Equally likely....as.... - makes no sense
C. equally likely that they will exceed the proposed speed limit as - WRONG - will be....will exceed.. - to predict it is good enough to use one will
D. as likely that they will exceed the proposed speed limit as - WRONG - Same as C
E. as likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as they are - ANSWER - as likely...as - makes perfect sense. Also we have eliminated the rest of the options - hence E is the answer...
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Re: Traffic safety officials predict that drivers will be [#permalink]  18 Nov 2015, 12:13
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The structure as...as... creates a comparison. The first as is followed by an adjective or adverb. The
second as is followed by a noun, a phrase, or even a whole clause.
Right: They are AS hungry AS you.
Right: They are AS hungry AS you are.
Right: They are AS hungry AS they were last night.
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