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# According to a survey of graduating medical students

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06 Sep 2007, 06:36
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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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06 Sep 2007, 06:46
Lets say there's another option choice:
F) minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than are other graduates to plan on practicing

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06 Sep 2007, 06:46
I don't think you need the as likely as, more likely than distintion here - 4 sentences are wrong for other reasons:

A - "than are other graduates in planning to practice" is awkward
B - "than other graduates who plan on practicing " changes meanings
D - "that minority graduates rather than other graduates will plan to practice " awkward
E - "as likely for minority graduates than " as .. than

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06 Sep 2007, 06:46
farend 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

C for me.
In A, "are" should be there
In B, "who" makes the sentence incomplete
In D, when you use "four times", I believe you have to use as. For example, She is twice as likely as...not She's twice more
E is missing "as"

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06 Sep 2007, 07:07
You are right. C is the OA. What to choose if F) were an option ?

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06 Sep 2007, 07:16
I still wouldn't pick it. I don't think the use of "four times more...than" is correct here. The use of "four times more" means 4x and it should be use in sentence that has an actual countable number, not comparing the difference. For example,

He kicked the door four times more.

Just my opinion. Feel free to discuss.

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06 Sep 2007, 11:56
correct idiom is 'as likely as' so we need 'four times as likely as'- clear C

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