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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
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19 Jun 2009, 23:13
B doesn't have parallel strucutre" more X than Y
C 'as likely as' changes the meaning
D/E seems redundant and with errors
IMO A
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20 Jun 2009, 02:49
I am curious.

what is more likely?

more likely to practice
or more likely to plan on practicing

A implies ==> students are more likely (than ..) in planning to practice.

C seems to correctly implies => students are more likely (than ..) to plan on practicing.
but c has the usage of idiom 'as likely as'. Seems inappropriate, but seems better than A.

Explanation please? For me C is better than A.
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20 Jun 2009, 05:07
sudeep wrote:
I am curious.

what is more likely?

more likely to practice
or more likely to plan on practicing

A implies ==> students are more likely (than ..) in planning to practice.

C seems to correctly implies => students are more likely (than ..) to plan on practicing.
but c has the usage of idiom 'as likely as'. Seems inappropriate, but seems better than A.

Explanation please? For me C is better than A.

yes, as likely as is inappropriate but there's one major difference you should see here

This question says that X are more likely than Y to (plan/practice). Yep!

Situation-
If C were to read 'minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than are other graduates to plan on practicing', it would have conveyed that X are more likely than Y to plan something

And A already conveys that X are more likely than Y to do something! (note that A says 'more likely than are other graduates in planning to practice')

SC is all about grammar and not about the content. As in A conveying in correct grammar that it is about doing something and C conveying in correct grammar that it is about planning would have us crashing for we can't decide on the business of a sentence!

In such a scenario, both the options would be correct and we would be hanging somewhere! It is only because C is so, we could choose A.
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20 Jun 2009, 06:14
I don't think that more likely than (..) in practicing is correct.
it has to be infinitive to plan
==> 'likely to do'(C) and not 'likely in'(A)

and after analyzing, I think as likely as is correct idiom here and is idiomatic.

Also, I think the answer is C and not A.

wats the OA?

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sudeep wrote:
I am curious.

what is more likely?

more likely to practice
or more likely to plan on practicing

A implies ==> students are more likely (than ..) in planning to practice.

C seems to correctly implies => students are more likely (than ..) to plan on practicing.
but c has the usage of idiom 'as likely as'. Seems inappropriate, but seems better than A.

Explanation please? For me C is better than A.

yes, as likely as is inappropriate but there's one major difference you should see here

This question says that X are more likely than Y to (plan/practice). Yep!

Situation-
If C were to read 'minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than are other graduates to plan on practicing', it would have conveyed that X are more likely than Y to plan something

And A already conveys that X are more likely than Y to do something! (note that A says 'more likely than are other graduates in planning to practice')

SC is all about grammar and not about the content. As in A conveying in correct grammar that it is about doing something and C conveying in correct grammar that it is about planning would have us crashing for we can't decide on the business of a sentence!

In such a scenario, both the options would be correct and we would be hanging somewhere! It is only because C is so, we could choose A.

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20 Jun 2009, 06:38
infinitive is present in A and it is to practice.

'in planning' modifies 'other graduates'. So effectively option A says other graduates in planning are more likely than ... to practice.

This is correct!
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20 Jun 2009, 06:54
chalven 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

Its difficult to figure out that 'in planning' has been used as a modifier.
and other options make it all the more difficult ---- 'to plan', 'will plan'.
However, 'as likely as' sounds unidiomatic and A can be the answer only if we assume that 'in planning' is used as modifier.
Its still a bit dicey....I am not sure on this one.
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20 Jun 2009, 11:00
The OA is C.
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20 Jun 2009, 11:58
chalven wrote:
The OA is C.

oh! where's this from? have any OE?
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21 Jun 2009, 12:42
I think thats the wrong OA...I can spot so many errors in C such as verb tense, comparison etc...I feel A is the answer...Does anybody disagrees???

chalven wrote:
The OA is C.

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22 Jun 2009, 07:00
My first post!
IMO, C is clearly the correct answer.

- "Four times as likely as" is idomatic and correct! Think of "I'm twice as old as my brother". I also think that "twice older than" for instance would be incorrect.
- "to be likely TO DO something". I'm pretty sure there's no other way.
- " to plan ON DOING something". Again, it is the correct idiom.
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22 Jun 2009, 07:17
I will go for C.

'likely' already means 'more', there is a redundancy.
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22 Jun 2009, 19:12
Why would you choice C over E... ?? Thanks guys
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22 Jun 2009, 19:51
Allana25 wrote:
Why would you choice C over E... ?? Thanks guys

you have to say "as likely as" because it's the correct idiom
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22 Jun 2009, 20:21
chalven 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 think more likely than is not idiomatic
as likely as after four times more is clear, so C is correct
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06 Jul 2009, 16:24
OA is "C."
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01 Nov 2009, 04:12
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

B and C plan to is the correct idiom
D and E it is ... is awkward construction
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