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According to a new report by the surgeon general, women with less than a high school education had three times the likelihood that they would begin smoking as women who went to college.

(A) had three times the likelihood that they would begin smoking
(B) had three times the likelihood of beginning smoking
(C) were three times more likely to begin to smoke
(D) were three times more likely that they would begin to smoke
(E) were three times as likely to begin smoking
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According to a new report by the surgeon general, women with less than a high school education had three times the likelihood that they would begin smoking as women who went to college.

(A) had three times the likelihood that they would begin smoking
Unidiomatic usage of likelihood. "likelihood of" is correct usage. Unnecessary use of past perfect.
(B) had three times the likelihood of beginning smoking
Unnecessary usage of past perfect. Doesn't go well with the 'as women...' part in the non-underlined portion
(C) were three times more likely to begin to smoke
more likely .. than / as likely ...as are correct constructions. more likely ... as is wrong usage.
(D) were three times more likely that they would begin to smoke
Same issue in C
(E) were three times as likely to begin smoking
as likely ... as is correct construction
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According to a new report by the surgeon general, women with less than a high school education had three times the likelihood that they would begin smoking as women who went to college.

(A) had three times the likelihood that they would begin smoking - usage of past perfect tense is incorrect
(B) had three times the likelihood of beginning smoking - same as A
(C) were three times more likely to begin to smoke - idiom issue -- more likely than or as X as
(D) were three times more likely that they would begin to smoke -- idiom issue -- more likely than
(E) were three times as likely to begin smoking - Correct

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