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42. According to a survey of graduating medical students conducted by the Association of American Medical Colleges, minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than are other graduates in planning to practice in socioeconomically deprived areas.
(A) minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than are other graduates in planning to practice
(B) minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than other graduates who plan on practicing
(C) minority graduates are nearly four times as likely as other graduates to plan on practicing
(D) it is nearly four times more likely that minority graduates rather than other graduates will plan to practice
(E) it is nearly four times as likely for minority graduates than other graduates to plan to practice
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01 Sep 2005, 13:29
A. C I think distorts the meaning of the sentence. Besides in C the action is compared to a noun.

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01 Sep 2005, 15:21
gotoknow3 wrote:
as likely as is the idiom; so C

I think the "as...as" idiom does not apply here.

for eg. lets say you have to rewrite the sentence, " you have a better chance of getting 720, compared to me"

are you going to say- "you are as likely as me to get 720" or "you are more liklely than me to get 720"??

this is my udnerstandign anyway - A
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01 Sep 2005, 19:37
A is wrong, I believe, because it uses the incorrect ""more likely ... in planning" instead of the correct "more likely to practice".

I'd go with C.
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01 Sep 2005, 20:54
C works here.

It's the "in planning" that's messing up A.
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01 Sep 2005, 22:20
C is wrong..

A should be it.

We want to compare 4 times with as likely as... meaning equality...

more likely than is the correct usage.

C IS A TOTAL MESS...
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02 Sep 2005, 05:44
A is the best choice for this question.

(B) minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than other graduates who plan on practicing
- changes the meaning

(C) minority graduates are nearly four times as likely as other graduates to plan on practicing
- changes the meaning

(D) it is nearly four times more likely that minority graduates rather than other graduates will plan to practice
- awkward and lengthy

(E) it is nearly four times as likely for minority graduates than other graduates to plan to practice
- same problem as D
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02 Sep 2005, 21:36
My vote is for A

More than the usage of any idiom, we gotta focus on the overall meaning of the sentence.
The sentence says that one group is more likely than the other in....

B - MG are 4 times more likely than (are is missing) graduate students - so its wrong

C - 4 times as likely as changes the meaning, the meaning is that MG are 4 times more likely, not 4 times as likely - so its wrong

D and E are too wordy and awkward!!

Though this discussion does not address the correct usage - plan to practice or plan on practicing? any rules of thumb here?
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04 Sep 2005, 08:32
I dont think this question is testing the usage of "in planning' or "to plan".

The question is testing a usage of IDIOM.

as likely as - correct
as likely than - wrong
more likely than - correct.

but more likely than should be used be used here because the numbers in comparison are not equal or equivalent.

As likely as should be used to make a comparison that is equal in all respects, otherwise MORE likely THAN should be used.

Regarding the verb, ARE, it can be ommitted without changing the meaning of the sentence.

He is taller than I
or
He is taller than I am

both usages are correct....
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04 Sep 2005, 09:09
i would go for C
I still feel that 'as' is more preferable to 'more'

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04 Sep 2005, 09:09
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