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# According to a survey of graduating medical students

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04 Oct 2016, 01:03
TommyWallach wrote:
Hey All,

I was asked by private message to take this one on, even though there has been plenty of great stuff written already. Here we go:

This is a comparison question, so the whole point is to make sure we're comparing the right two things, and using the correct terminology.

42. 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
PROBLEM: Should be "four times AS likely AS other graduates TO plan". That's a three-fer!

(B) minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than other graduates who plan on practicing
PROBLEM: Again "four times AS likely AS other graduates TO plan". This one doesn't ever complete, because the "who" opens up a new modifier, and we never return to the main clause.

(C) minority graduates are nearly four times as likely as other graduates to plan on practicing
CORRECT.

(D) it is nearly four times more likely that minority graduates rather than other graduates will plan to practice
PROBLEM: "Four times AS likely" and RATHER THAN implies preference, which makes no sense here. Also, it's totally unclear what's being compared.

(E) it is nearly four times as likely for minority graduates than other graduates to plan to practice
PROBLEM: "for minority graduates than other graduates" makes absolutely no sense at all. Where's the comparison?

Hope that helps!

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Hello TommyWallach

Can u please elaborate on the usage of "as likely as" and " more likely than". Is there any circumstance in which both can be used interchangeably?
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04 Oct 2016, 11:46
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nishant12600 wrote:
TommyWallach wrote:
Hey All,

I was asked by private message to take this one on, even though there has been plenty of great stuff written already. Here we go:

This is a comparison question, so the whole point is to make sure we're comparing the right two things, and using the correct terminology.

42. 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
PROBLEM: Should be "four times AS likely AS other graduates TO plan". That's a three-fer!

(B) minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than other graduates who plan on practicing
PROBLEM: Again "four times AS likely AS other graduates TO plan". This one doesn't ever complete, because the "who" opens up a new modifier, and we never return to the main clause.

(C) minority graduates are nearly four times as likely as other graduates to plan on practicing
CORRECT.

(D) it is nearly four times more likely that minority graduates rather than other graduates will plan to practice
PROBLEM: "Four times AS likely" and RATHER THAN implies preference, which makes no sense here. Also, it's totally unclear what's being compared.

(E) it is nearly four times as likely for minority graduates than other graduates to plan to practice
PROBLEM: "for minority graduates than other graduates" makes absolutely no sense at all. Where's the comparison?

Hope that helps!

-t

Hello TommyWallach

Can u please elaborate on the usage of "as likely as" and " more likely than". Is there any circumstance in which both can be used interchangeably?

No, they are not interchangeable.

X is as likely as Y... implies the likelihood of X = the likelihood of Y
X is more likely than Y... implies likelihood of X > the likelihood of Y
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16 Nov 2016, 01:51
sayantanc2k wrote:
nishant12600 wrote:
TommyWallach wrote:
Hey All,

I was asked by private message to take this one on, even though there has been plenty of great stuff written already. Here we go:

This is a comparison question, so the whole point is to make sure we're comparing the right two things, and using the correct terminology.

42. 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
PROBLEM: Should be "four times AS likely AS other graduates TO plan". That's a three-fer!

(B) minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than other graduates who plan on practicing
PROBLEM: Again "four times AS likely AS other graduates TO plan". This one doesn't ever complete, because the "who" opens up a new modifier, and we never return to the main clause.

(C) minority graduates are nearly four times as likely as other graduates to plan on practicing
CORRECT.

(D) it is nearly four times more likely that minority graduates rather than other graduates will plan to practice
PROBLEM: "Four times AS likely" and RATHER THAN implies preference, which makes no sense here. Also, it's totally unclear what's being compared.

(E) it is nearly four times as likely for minority graduates than other graduates to plan to practice
PROBLEM: "for minority graduates than other graduates" makes absolutely no sense at all. Where's the comparison?

Hope that helps!

-t

Hello TommyWallach

Can u please elaborate on the usage of "as likely as" and " more likely than". Is there any circumstance in which both can be used interchangeably?

No, they are not interchangeable.

X is as likely as Y... implies the likelihood of X = the likelihood of Y
X is more likely than Y... implies likelihood of X > the likelihood of Y

So since we already have "four times" here in this sentence "more likely" is redundant.Am I correct? sayantanc2k
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17 Nov 2016, 09:37
bitanrc wrote:
sayantanc2k wrote:
nishant12600 wrote:
Hello TommyWallach

Can u please elaborate on the usage of "as likely as" and " more likely than". Is there any circumstance in which both can be used interchangeably?

No, they are not interchangeable.

X is as likely as Y... implies the likelihood of X = the likelihood of Y
X is more likely than Y... implies likelihood of X > the likelihood of Y

So since we already have "four times" here in this sentence "more likely" is redundant.Am I correct? sayantanc2k

Not redundant - but conveys a different meaning.

X is 4 times as likely as Y: If the likelihood of X is x then the likelihood of Y is 4x
X is 4 times more likely then Y: If the likelihood of X is x, then the likelihood of Y is 4x more than x, i.e. 5x.

Though even in many authentic sources the second structure is mistakenly used to mean the first.
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24 Sep 2017, 05:44
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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