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New post 09 May 2006, 02:07
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more likely in planning is unidiomatic. So , whatever the OA, it cannot be A. Never. ( well... never say never.. especially with ETS :lol: )

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New post 09 May 2006, 02:12
Yes, you are right, but isnt C also wrong ?

(C) minority graduates are nearly four times as likely to plan on practicing as other graduates to plan on practicing - the first part is okay, but second part requires 'are'

This would have been better -

minority graduates are nearly four times as likely to plan on practicing as are other graduates to plan on practicing

Btw, I am just wondering how we got two different versions of the same document. I downloaded mine from the sticky in this forum. Where did you get yours?

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New post 09 May 2006, 03:29
I downloaded the 1000SC from
http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=20341
and guess what? The answer is C. So I would recommend you
to download it again.

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New post 09 May 2006, 03:55
This is really strange. I too downloaded from this site. But this is another document called 885SC.doc.

Thanks for the link

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New post 09 May 2006, 05:11
Wow, that's interesting discussion :)

IMO, when it comes to comparison involving something like "X times", "more...than" usage is not grammatical (it is redundant). "X times" itself signifies "more", therefore "as...as" usage is grammatical.

For eg:
1) 4 times more stronger than --> "4 times" already tells it's more than something else. "more...than" is not needed, redundant.

2) 4 times as stronger as --> I think this gets rid of the problem.

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Wow, that's interesting discussion :)

IMO, when it comes to comparison involving something like "X times", "more...than" usage is not grammatical (it is redundant). "X times" itself signifies "more", therefore "as...as" usage is grammatical.

For eg:
1) 4 times more stronger than --> "4 times" already tells it's more than something else. "more...than" is not needed, redundant.

2) 4 times as stronger as --> I think this gets rid of the problem.


This is not correct. Since you can say 4 times less than, you can also say 4 times more then. It is not redundant.

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vivek123 wrote:
Wow, that's interesting discussion :)

IMO, when it comes to comparison involving something like "X times", "more...than" usage is not grammatical (it is redundant). "X times" itself signifies "more", therefore "as...as" usage is grammatical.

For eg:
1) 4 times more stronger than --> "4 times" already tells it's more than something else. "more...than" is not needed, redundant.

2) 4 times as stronger as --> I think this gets rid of the problem.


This is not correct. Since you can say 4 times less than, you can also say 4 times more then. It is not redundant.



I am 4 times more stronger than you-- is definitely not right.

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deowl wrote:
vivek123 wrote:
Wow, that's interesting discussion :)

IMO, when it comes to comparison involving something like "X times", "more...than" usage is not grammatical (it is redundant). "X times" itself signifies "more", therefore "as...as" usage is grammatical.

For eg:
1) 4 times more stronger than --> "4 times" already tells it's more than something else. "more...than" is not needed, redundant.

2) 4 times as stronger as --> I think this gets rid of the problem.


This is not correct. Since you can say 4 times less than, you can also say 4 times more then. It is not redundant.


Your point regarding "less than" sounds logical but not regarding "more than", especially when there is a choice with "4 times as strong as".

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New post 09 May 2006, 17:05
Need some directions...

where can I find more about the usage of 'as likely as' .

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New post 09 May 2006, 17:33
remgeo wrote:
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

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


so should be C. the correct idiom is: "x times as likely as y".

"x times more likely than y" doesnot sound good........

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