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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

I am confused between B & C.

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11 Aug 2008, 10:42
The issue with this SC is idiom. The correct idiom is "as X as Y to Z".

Here, X is "likely" and Y is "other graduates" and Z is "to practice".

balboa 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 am confused between B & C.

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11 Aug 2008, 11:15
OA is C. That's a pretty uncommon idiom.
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11 Aug 2008, 11:17
Actually, in English, it's a VERY common idiom.

balboa wrote:
OA is C. That's a pretty uncommon idiom.

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11 Aug 2008, 13:01
So beyond the scope of this exercise - is "more likely than" always incorrect in itself?

Is this allowed anywhere?
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11 Aug 2008, 13:04
One use of "more likely than" which I believe is correct:

He is more likely than not to finish the race.

Sorry, it's not great. I've heard them both used in different ways. More common is the "as like as "
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11 Aug 2008, 13:30
I see. If that's the case, then I don't think it's "more likely than" that makes sentence A) incorrect.

Perhaps it's the "are" that follows it...?
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11 Aug 2008, 13:58
But when you're talking about to what degree something is likley, it's "as" and not "more likely than".

For instance:
"Women are eight times as likely as men to die from breast cancer."
"Women are more likely than men to die from breast cancer."
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11 Aug 2008, 14:17
Don't those two sentences differ in meaning?

Eight times as likely as vs eight times more likely than.

Can you tell me what the difference is?

jallenmorris wrote:
But when you're talking about to what degree something is likley, it's "as" and not "more likely than".

For instance:
"Women are eight times as likely as men to die from breast cancer."
"Women are more likely than men to die from breast cancer."
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11 Aug 2008, 16:11
Yes, the two sentences mean very different things. You might want to look closely at the second sentence because the term "eight times" is not in the second sentence.

The first sentence means that women are 8 times as likely, where the second sentence doesn't say to what extent women are more likely.

Don't those two sentences differ in meaning?

Eight times as likely as vs eight times more likely than.

Can you tell me what the difference is?

jallenmorris wrote:
But when you're talking about to what degree something is likley, it's "as" and not "more likely than".

For instance:
"Women are eight times as likely as men to die from breast cancer."
"Women are more likely than men to die from breast cancer."

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11 Aug 2008, 16:41
I see.

So if I add the word "8 times" to the second sentence, does that make it incorrect -? I can't say 8 times more likely than?
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11 Aug 2008, 17:00
If you say "eight times more likely than..." it will truly depend on the rest of the sentence.

Lets use the example from above:

"Women are eight time as likely as men to die from breast cancer."
"Women are eight times more likely than men to die from breast cancer."

Hmmm....good question. I'll look into it and get back to you. If anyone else has the answer, please feel free to say so.

I see.

So if I add the word "8 times" to the second sentence, does that make it incorrect -? I can't say 8 times more likely than?

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12 Aug 2008, 18:29
Thanks.

I've been re reading a), and I truly don't think that "more likely than" is that makes the answer incorrect.

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