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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
(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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07 Sep 2009, 19:15
Agree with C:
One question however:
What is the idiom for "plan"?"Plan to" or "plan on"
If C is the correct answer it means the correct idiom is plan on???
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IMO C. as likely as - correct comparision indicator.
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The OA is C.

However, I've always known that the correct idiom is "plan to", not "plan on".

If that's the case, how does one determine if we should judge the sentence's answer by "as likely as" or "plan to"?
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This is a GMATPrep question and using "to plan on" (no question on the validity, GMATPrep is the boss)

Here is something interesting from Manhattan Staff:

As per Ron, Manhattan Staff:

"plan on VERBing", by the way, is spoken language. it's substandard written language, and should be considered incorrect; the correct form is "plan to VERB".
http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/pos ... tml#p25515

What to take from these 2 questions?
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06 Mar 2010, 13:03
I am having the same problem
I crossed C with haste, when i read "to plan on practicing"

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The OA is C.

However, I've always known that the correct idiom is "plan to", not "plan on".

If that's the case, how does one determine if we should judge the sentence's answer by "as likely as" or "plan to"?

Sorry, but as per my source, OA is E.
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No way for E.. IT is ambigious

And i think C is incorrect too.

We are basically saying that minority students are more likely to serve in poor area than other grads students.

minority grads: 1 out of 4
Other grads: 1 out of 10

C: Changes the meaning of the sentence... as likely as => the same probability as other grads...

So C is out...

...so left with A and B...

A is clear : Minority grads ...are more likely ... to practice in poor areas..

Ans is: A

??? any thoughts
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07 Jul 2010, 23:13
I think to plan on practicing is not idiomatic. The correct idiom is to plan to practice - the sentence is intent driven, hence E.
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I agree for A.
I cut C because it uses "two times as likely as" instead of "twice as likely as".
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08 Jul 2010, 06:35
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The OA is C.

However, I've always known that the correct idiom is "plan to", not "plan on".

If that's the case, how does one determine if we should judge the sentence's answer by "as likely as" or "plan to"?

Sorry, but as per my source, OA is E.

I disagree with E, i felt for B but later on realized that OA is C.

But for sure its not E.
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The problem in E is "it is" doesn't refer to anything. In grammar terms, it doesn't have an antecedent.
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In this sentence both "more likely than" and "as likely as" are correct but the problem is that "likely" should be followed by "to" in the sentence.

I fell for A....but the correct answer is C.

(A) minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than are other graduates in planning to practice - "likely to" is the correct idiom..."likely..... in" is incorrect

(B) minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than [are] other graduates who plan on practicing - "likely...... who" is incorrect

(C) minority graduates are nearly four times as likely as [are] other graduates to plan on practicing - "likely......to plan...." is correct
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31 Jul 2010, 10:48
This one has not been clarified yet!
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Alright...look kids...

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
(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

D & E are out because they don't even sound right due to awkwardness.

So you're down to A B and C.

In A, the second "are" is necessary which is tricky because they think you might fall for the being "parallel" thing.

In B, "who plan on practicing" ....huh...doesn't that sound bad?

So it leaves C, which naturally sounds correct.
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01 Aug 2010, 08:26

My take:

(A) likely in planning: WRONG IDIOM
(B) likely...who plan on practicing: WRONG IDIOM
(C) plan on is WRONG, because is too coloquial, according to Ron (Manhattan)
(D) more likely than. WRONG COMPARISION
(E) as likely...."AS" MISSING. WRONG

I definitely need an expert to clarify this one.
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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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03 Aug 2010, 19:53
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Can I can infer that "X as likely as Y" ---> is comparing two nouns?

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

Well, technically, it would be "X is Y times as likely as Z to do something". That's the full on comparison construction. But yes, the two things have to be nouns, because the verb comes after the Z (to do something).

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04 Aug 2010, 23:42
Plan to is the more acceptable form:

Plan on is followed by a participle:

option C , 'as likely as' and 'plan on practicing' makes it the best option
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