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# According to a survey of graduating medical students

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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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09 Nov 2005, 19:59
i have doubts on A, C and D

C for me, however i feel that the sentence should be "X is more likely than Y" but we should use the idiom : to be likely to

so C for me

by the way i just found the link to a big discussion about it

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12 Nov 2005, 02:10
Antmavel wrote:
i have doubts on A, C and D

C for me, however i feel that the sentence should be "X is more likely than Y" but we should use the idiom : to be likely to

so C for me

by the way i just found the link to a big discussion about it

And Rahul was a part of that big discussion....and (surprise surprise)...he confidently answered it as A (the right answer).

So, now Rahul...how come you have doubts about this...comm'on..buck up...

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13 Nov 2005, 06:22
mohish wrote:
Antmavel wrote:
i have doubts on A, C and D

C for me, however i feel that the sentence should be "X is more likely than Y" but we should use the idiom : to be likely to

so C for me

by the way i just found the link to a big discussion about it

And Rahul was a part of that big discussion....and (surprise surprise)...he confidently answered it as A (the right answer).

So, now Rahul...how come you have doubts about this...comm'on..buck up...

Well I answered A this time around as well while I was practising!!
So I guess i somehow dont feel comfortable with as likely as when we are saying one is greater than the other.....but then if thats the grammer, then who am i to argue!!
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14 Nov 2005, 04:30
rahulraao wrote:
mohish wrote:
Antmavel wrote:
i have doubts on A, C and D

C for me, however i feel that the sentence should be "X is more likely than Y" but we should use the idiom : to be likely to

so C for me

by the way i just found the link to a big discussion about it

And Rahul was a part of that big discussion....and (surprise surprise)...he confidently answered it as A (the right answer).

So, now Rahul...how come you have doubts about this...comm'on..buck up...

Well I answered A this time around as well while I was practising!!
So I guess i somehow dont feel comfortable with as likely as when we are saying one is greater than the other.....but then if thats the grammer, then who am i to argue!!

Remember: "as likely as" is always used to compare things at the same 'level'. "As likely as" is kinda typical in that sense...you can have "4 times as heavy as", "4 times as long as" and so on...but not "4 times as likely as". It has to be "4 times more likely than". Just a minor quirk.

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14 Nov 2005, 05:45
So Mohish, you are saying A is correct?
But OA aint A!
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14 Nov 2005, 17:23
[quote="rahulraao"]According to a survey of graduating medical students conducted by the Association of American Medical Colleges, [b]minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than are other graduates in planning to practice[/b] 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[/quote]

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A- Wrong-'are...more likely...in planning'.
B- Wrong-Dangling subject. If we examine 'Who Plan' it modifies 'other grads'. So what will the 'minority grads do?'
C- 'as likely as' sounds OK.
D- Wrong-too wordy
E- Wrong 'it is ...as likely for grads than other grads'. Non-Parallel. Should be 'it is ...as likely for monority grads than it is for other grads' would be a better idiom.

C looks good.

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14 Nov 2005, 17:32
C.

in A:
than are other graduates

are in A is incorrect as we need noun after than for correct comparision.
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14 Nov 2005, 19:14
duttsit wrote:
C.

in A:
than are other graduates

are in A is incorrect as we need noun after than for correct comparision.

Still not convinced!! Could you please elaborate a bit?
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15 Nov 2005, 01:47
A is actually the correct answer. I did a google search and found an elaborate discussion on this:

http://www.sentencecorrection.com/forums/index.php?act=Print&client=printer&f=2&t=1224

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