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# According to a survey of graduating medical students

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27 Jun 2009, 20:28
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According to a survey of graduating medical students conducted by Association of American Medical College, 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 are 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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27 Jun 2009, 22:18
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sdrandom1 wrote:
According to a survey of graduating medical students conducted by Association of American Medical College, minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than are other graduates in planning to practice in socioeconomically deprived areas.

(A) same
(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 are 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'm not that good at grammar, so I can't describe exactly what's wrong with the original, but "in planning to practice" sounds a little weird & awkward, so (A) is out.

As for (B), 'who plans on graduating' changes the meaning a little bit, it turns the last phrase into a modifier for "other graduate", & it also messes up the contrast.

(D) wordy & awkward
(E) Again, the "it is" construction is wordy compared to (C).

(C) is the best choice, it concisely and clearly expresses the original meaning of the sentence.
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27 Jun 2009, 22:35
I would go with A. OA?
>> four times MORE likely looks appropriate rather than AS LIKELY...if we specify the number of times than it should be either MORE or LESS likely

B >> "who" is misplaced
C >> "as likely as"
D >> "will plan to practice" is awkward
E >> "as likely"
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According to a survey of graduating medical students conducted by Association of American Medical College, minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than are other graduates in planning to practice in socioeconomically deprived areas.

(A) same
(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 are 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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28 Jun 2009, 00:49
I am going for C.

A) 'in planning to practice' doesnt seem correct
B) seems that the graduates will practice.
D) & E) is wordy
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28 Jun 2009, 08:46
I would go for D.
The sentence basically wants to convey that minority grads are more likely to practice in socioeconomically deprived areas than grads.
'...as likely...' changes the meaning of the sentence. It should be '...more likely...'
So we are felt with A, B and D.

A)minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than are other graduates in planning to practice----- minority grads are more likely in planning not practicing
B) minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than other graduates who plan on practicing----- minority graduates are more likely to do what..??? is not clear. It appears that it is the graduates who plan on practicing, and not the minority grads.

option D convey the best meaning. '...it is nearly four times more likely that minority graduates rather than other graduates will plan to practice...'
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28 Jun 2009, 09:37
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I would go with A. OA?
>> four times MORE likely looks appropriate rather than AS LIKELY...if we specify the number of times than it should be either MORE or LESS likely

B >> "who" is misplaced
C >> "as likely as"
D >> "will plan to practice" is awkward
E >> "as likely"

Same reason as Economist and same choice A. What is OA?
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28 Jun 2009, 10:37
Sorry for keeping you all in suspense....

First of all this is a GMATPrep question. The OA is C.
But I chose the answer as A (same like humans and have).
I am still not sure what's wrong with A?

more likely than is correct idiom. My reasoing behind not picking C was that C alters the meaning of the sentence by saying "as likely as". But doesn't the author intends to say that the minority graduates are 'more likely'???

Obviously more likely does not convey the same meaning as 'as likely'.

Is it just the idiom "in planning" that made A the wrong option?
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28 Jun 2009, 11:42
'...more likely than...'
'...as likely as...'
how can they be the same..? explain please.. am confused
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02 Sep 2009, 18:57
I liked C but thought it changed the meaning of the original sentence: by using the words "as likely as" instead of "more likely than." Chose B as next best.

Given that "likely" is a probability concept, as likely is not the same as more likely.

Thoughts?
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02 Sep 2009, 19:53
sdrandom1 wrote:
Sorry for keeping you all in suspense....

First of all this is a GMATPrep question. The OA is C.
But I chose the answer as A (same like humans and have).
I am still not sure what's wrong with A?

more likely than is correct idiom. My reasoing behind not picking C was that C alters the meaning of the sentence by saying "as likely as". But doesn't the author intends to say that the minority graduates are 'more likely'???

Obviously more likely does not convey the same meaning as 'as likely'.

Is it just the idiom "in planning" that made A the wrong option?

Same thoughts. Threw out C initially because 'as likely as' changes the original meaning.
Since this is a GMATPREP qu, we'll just have to modify our POE process.
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18 Aug 2010, 16:48
I think C is a better choice than A because "four times as likely as" still conveys what the author is trying to say. The "in planning" in choice A is incorrect so in the end it just seems that C is the least incorrect of all of the choices.

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18 Aug 2010, 20:41
I think that idiomatically we always say x times as ... as. For example we'd rather say he is four times as strong as his brother than he is four times stronger than his brother. I might be wrong but that is my feeling.
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18 Aug 2010, 21:11
I will pick A

C- Changes the meaning a bit.
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(A) minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than are other graduates in planning to practice -> more likely...in planning to practice is a wrong usage
(B) minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than other graduates who plan on practicing -> plan to practice seems better than plan on practising. Besides the option is comparing minority graduates with the graduates who plan to practice in xxx area which is not the case
(C) minority graduates are nearly four times as likely as are other graduates to plan on practicing -> Correctly states that the minority graduates are four times as likely as....to plan...
(D) it is nearly four times more likely that minority graduates rather than other graduates will plan to practice -> more likely that... rather than... does not sound right
(E) it is nearly four times as likely for minority graduates than other graduates to plan to practice -> as likely...than...is unidiomatic
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This is a good question. It involves subtle meaning change and logical comparision. Lets see what we have !!

According to a survey of graduating medical students conducted by Association of American Medical College, 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
Incorrect: Check: Minority Graduate Vs Other Graduates in Planning ( are they working in Planning Dept !!)
(B) minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than other graduates who plan on practicing
Incorrect: Here the Relative pronoun Who takes the Socioeco....part of sentence with Other Graduates. We are left with nothing to compare !!
(C) minority graduates are nearly four times as likely as are other graduates to plan on practicing
Correct: Here we mean to say that Minority Grads are 4 times likely to choose(plan) Socio..than other Grads.
This comparision is perfect. Isnt it ?

(D) it is nearly four times more likely that minority graduates rather than other graduates will plan to practice
Incorrect: "WILL" Going tooo far man ?
(E) it is nearly four times as likely for minority graduates than other graduates to plan to practice
Incorrect: Do you mean to say : That the plan is 4 times more preferable to Min Grads than Other Grads !!
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According to my source OA is E.

For me, they are all wrong.
A: likely in (has to be likely to)
B: plan on is not idiomatic
C: same as above
D: more rather than??
E: as likely than

I'm definitely with F.
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05 Sep 2010, 10:26
sdrandom1 wrote:
According to a survey of graduating medical students conducted by Association of American Medical College, 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 are 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

Option c. Always prefer "as likely as..." over "more likely than"...
"As ...as..." is the correct idiom.
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06 Sep 2010, 00:59
C for me... though was bit confused.
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23 Aug 2011, 10:17
i think meaning got slightly changed in answer choice 'C'..i go with 'E"
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23 Aug 2011, 10:45
i too dont agree with the answer c here.
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