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# According to a survey of graduating medical students

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06 Jan 2009, 13:29
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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 Jan 2009, 22:03
salr15 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

Changed to C from B and agree that idiom is "as likely as" is preferred over "more than".
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06 Jan 2009, 22:34
salr15 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

1. "more than four times" is OK, but "four times more than" is not OK, so A, B, D out
2. as.. than, E out

C is the best
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06 Jan 2009, 23:20
sondenso wrote:
salr15 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

1. "more than four times" is OK, but "four times more than" is not OK, so A, B, D out
2. as.. than, E out

C is the best

In addition to Sondenso's point B is incomplete. the idiom "X more likely than Y" construction must accompany with sth like "to V or in sth"

C is the best.
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07 Jan 2009, 06:47
OA is C.
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07 Jan 2009, 08:50
sondenso wrote:
salr15 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

1. "more than four times" is OK, but "four times more than" is not OK, so A, B, D out
2. as.. than, E out

C is the best

1. "more than four times" is OK, but "four times more than" is not OK, so A, B, D out

I just google four times more than and I got a bunch of results from reuters, times online uk that uses X gets four times more than Y and so on. so i doubt that.

I agree that C is correct.

D & E have modifier issue. Don't they? According to X should modify minority G or G

likely takes the infinitive or to be or that. On that we can eliminate A & B.

Any one has different explanation for four times more likely than vs four times as likely as
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