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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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28 Apr 2006, 08:37
C? Although I am totally confused if it should be as likely or more likely. Planning on or to plan?
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28 Apr 2006, 08:43
It should be C.
The correct usage is "as likely as"
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28 Apr 2006, 10:37
shampoo: I believe "to plan on" is correct usage.
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28 Apr 2006, 14:08
plz explain me why it's not B
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28 Apr 2006, 18:40
It should be C

"four times as more likely as...." is idiomatic
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29 Apr 2006, 04:39
(C)

as...as... --->comparison
to plan ---> active voice
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29 Apr 2006, 22:10
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
(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

I'll go with A.
(A) minority graduates <b>are </b>nearly four times more likely than <b>are</b> other graduates in planning to practice
B. who plan on practicing - what is "who" referring to?
C. <b>as likely as</b> ; though it's idiomatic but aren't we comparing more likely.
D. Future tense
E. unidiomatic - as likely as.
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08 May 2006, 21:07
C it is

A) more likely ... in ... (more likely to is a correct usage)

B) they are more likely what?
D) more ... rather is unidiomatic (more ... than is a better choice)
E) as ... then is unidiomatic (as... asis a better choice)

So C is a clear winner here.
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08 May 2006, 21:10
IMO A
1) "as likely as" is not correct usage here because here the comparison is taking place, so "more" should be used . Hence C and E are out.
2) B seems as if the sentence is comparing the likeliness of the both type of graduates rather than the practising in rural areas. In D use of future tense is unwarranted.
Hence A.
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08 May 2006, 21:18
krishnosarkar wrote:
IMO A
1) "as likely as" is not correct usage here because here the comparison is taking place, so "more" should be used . Hence C and E are out.
2) B seems as if the sentence is comparing the likeliness of the both type of graduates rather than the practising in rural areas. In D use of future tense is unwarranted.
Hence A.

Which one is better?

a) He has four times more money then his little brother.
b) He has four times as much money as his little brother.

Guess what? They are both essentially the same.
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08 May 2006, 21:41
'as much' and 'as likely' are not the same. so the example

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Which one is better?

a) He has four times more money then his little brother.
b) He has four times as much money as his little brother.

Guess what? They are both essentially the same.[code][/code]

is irrelevant here...

'more' adds more meaning to the sentence. What if it is 'four times [b]less'[/b] than'
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08 May 2006, 21:45
'as much' and 'as likely' are not the same. so the example

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Which one is better?

a) He has four times more money then his little brother.
b) He has four times as much money as his little brother.

Guess what? They are both essentially the same.

is irrelevant here...

'more' adds more meaning to the sentence. What if it is 'four times less' than'
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08 May 2006, 22:05
I am not sure I understand your argument.

The phrase "four times as likely as" has exactly the same meaning as "four times more likely then".
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09 May 2006, 01:07
Guys the OA is A.
Now here's my little trick to tacke these sentences.

Split the sentence, complete each part and see if it makes sense.

(A) minority graduates are nearly four times more likely in planning to practice than are other graduates in planning to practice - this is ok.

(B) minority graduates are nearly four times more likely who plan on practicing than other graduates who plan on practicing - doesnt make sense.

(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

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

(E) it is nearly four times as likely for minority graduates to plan to practice than other graduates to plan to practice - for missing here...
The following would have been right -

it is nearly four times as likely for minority graduates to plan to practice than for other graduates to plan to practice - for missing here...

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09 May 2006, 01:36
A is grammatically wrong and cannot be an OA. Please check your source.

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09 May 2006, 01:54
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C is grammatically wrong and cannot be an OA. Please check your source.

Ya, the OA is A
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09 May 2006, 01:56
oops.. I mean A is wrong... C is perfectly correct
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09 May 2006, 01:58
I have just found this question in 1000SC. OA is indeed C
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09 May 2006, 02:04
I too got the question from 885SC. I rechecked and the OA is A.
Hmm.. interesting.
However, I still believe that the OA is A, for all the reasons I mentioned.

remgeo wrote:
Guys the OA is A.
Now here's my little trick to tacke these sentences.

Split the sentence, complete each part and see if it makes sense.

(A) minority graduates are nearly four times more likely in planning to practice than are other graduates in planning to practice - this is ok.

(B) minority graduates are nearly four times more likely who plan on practicing than other graduates who plan on practicing - doesnt make sense.

(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

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

(E) it is nearly four times as likely for minority graduates to plan to practice than other graduates to plan to practice - for missing here...
The following would have been right -

it is nearly four times as likely for minority graduates to plan to practice than for other graduates to plan to practice - for missing here...
09 May 2006, 02:04

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