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# According to a survey of graduating medical students

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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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22 May 2007, 21:37
My choice is C.

There are three things to observe here:

1. The idiom - as likely as vs more likely than - as likely as is correct.

2. Comparison - comparison is between minority graduates and other graduates (not other graduates who plan....choice B is wrong).

3. Usage - plan to practice vs plan on practicing vs planning to practice.

I am not very sure which of the three usages if the correct one.
Also, when we are saying 4 times..isin't more likely than the correct usage??
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22 May 2007, 22:31
A
'more likely' as the probability is 4 more times.
As likely would be used only for "at par" comparison.
B would not be appr. because of missing 'are' after than.

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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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22 May 2007, 23:40
go with C

'likely to' should be used

'A' has likely in planning
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23 May 2007, 05:24
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 => wrong construction

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

(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 => "it" has no logical referent

(E) it is nearly four times as likely for minority graduates than other graduates to plan to practice => "it" has no logical referent

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23 May 2007, 05:34
good job. OA is C
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23 May 2007, 06:13
Is it appropriate to say "four times AS likely"? What does it mean?
Is it a comparison? If yes, it should be "four times MORE likely", shouldn't it?
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23 May 2007, 06:18
If you are correct , then Option B has "more likely than"
BUT
it also has a "who" that changes the meaning !!

Nice question !!
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06 Aug 2007, 13:08
Vict0R wrote:
(B) minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than other graduates who plan on practicing => changes meaning

it does not change the meaning of the sentence.

The sentence has a subordinate clause that goes on without reverting back to the main clause. Who simply restricts the graduates. It creates an incomplete sentence in this case.

Minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than other graduates (who plan on practicing)......
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06 Aug 2007, 13:15
i had zoned in on C, but chose against it because I thought that "four times as likely" changed the meaning ... thought we needed four times MORE likely
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08 Jun 2008, 18:15
enthu4mba wrote:
good job. OA is C

Well the OA in set 19, Q1 is A. BTW, whats wrong with A?
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08 Jun 2008, 19:18
enthu4mba wrote:
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

(A) minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than are other graduates in planning to practice
"minority graduates" not parallel with "are other graduates". are should be removed.
I rewrote the sentence A to make it more clear.
In planning to practice in socioeconomically deprived areas, minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than are other graduates

(B) minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than other graduates who plan on practicing
here we are comparing " minority graduate" with "other graduates who plan on practicing" that means minority graduate are not practicing
which changes the original meaning.

(D),(E) are clearly out because "it" has no clear referrent?

C is the best pick.
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22 Apr 2013, 02:26
x2suresh wrote:
enthu4mba wrote:
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

(A) minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than are other graduates in planning to practice
"minority graduates" not parallel with "are other graduates". are should be removed.
I rewrote the sentence A to make it more clear.
In planning to practice in socioeconomically deprived areas, minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than are other graduates

(B) minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than other graduates who plan on practicing
here we are comparing " minority graduate" with "other graduates who plan on practicing" that means minority graduate are not practicing
which changes the original meaning.

(D),(E) are clearly out because "it" has no clear referrent?

C is the best pick.

Should "it" always have a clear precedent?

It is going to rain now.

It is more likely that we lose.

All these are acceptable statements I guess. So to eliminate the options just because they have "it" in them is wrong.

Correct me if I am wrong, please!
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15 Oct 2016, 12:52
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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Can someone please explain why when comparing we aren't picking the option B that uses more likely than ?
Also when do we use 'plan on' and when do we use 'plan to'?

Thanks alot!!!:)

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