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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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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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New post 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 Economist 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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For those who are still interested in the answer, I found it there: http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/post29754.html

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A very good and tough question. Thanks for providing the link to its solution.

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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 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.

D and E are definitely out. very awkward.
A is out since 'more likely than are', should compare 'minority graduates' to 'other graduates' .. are is not needed.

Remaining B and C, even though i choose C, for the use of 'as likely as', i can't find whats the issue with B. Anyone ?

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The ‘as likely as other’ shift in C is a substantial distortion of original meaning. IMO, we must retain the sanctity of the ‘more than likely’ intent of the text.

Whether it is “likely to” or “likely in” is an idiomatic frivolity in these days of meaning- based questions, or, it is not the decider at least. Grammatically speaking, the comparison is between how many minority graduates ‘are’ and how many other graduates ‘are’. The omission of ‘are’ after ‘other gradates' is a gross error. IMO A
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I discarded C because it was "as likely as "
Btw do we use "As likely as" at all ??? if comparing unequal quantities ???

A) i am as likely as he is to receive the award.
B ) i am 4 times as likely as he is to receive the award.

IMO B shud be wrong
what do you say guys ???
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It's not an "idiomatic frivolity", it's correct grammar.

You're likely TO do something. No one is "likely in planning to practice".

C's the best answer.
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A good comparison question. On the GMAT, as likely as is preferred compared to more likely than. Why? There is an ambiguity in the usage of "MORE". There's a difference between '4 times more likely' and '4 times as likely'. Specifically, '4 times more likely' is actually the same as '5 times as likely'.

But this question also tests idioms: likely ... in planning" (incorrect, in (a)) vs. "likely ... to plan" (correct, in (b)).

I don't think this second concept will be tested in current GMAT because it's very IDIOMATIC.

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The answer choices A and C are close. But C is the correct answer as the phrase "as likely" sounds right rather than "More Likely". If you didn't catch that then Pick C over A as A uses -ing verb (Planning) which is a incorrect idiom as the correct idiom is "likely to plan".
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planning in the normal context is not wrong.
For e.g. I am planning on a trip to london. This is correct.

The other aspect of this question is:
ambiguity in A.
than are other graduates in planning to practice.

Notice you can confuse this to be graduates in some kind of planning group. So, A's meaning is unclear.

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The ‘as likely as other’ shift in C is a substantial distortion of original meaning. IMO, we must retain the sanctity of the ‘more than likely’ intent of the text.

Whether it is “likely to” or “likely in” is an idiomatic frivolity in these days of meaning- based questions, or, it is not the decider at least. Grammatically speaking, the comparison is between how many minority graduates ‘are’ and how many other graduates ‘are’. The omission of ‘are’ after ‘other gradates' is a gross error. IMO A


But are is written in A ---are other graduates (in the form of stylistic writing)
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If we say "X is four times more likely than Y", it means- probability of X= five times probability of Y; Here the intended meaning is that probability of minority students= four times that of other students, hence we've to use- four times as likely as.
This way we can eliminate A, B, D. Again "as likely than" isn't the correct construction, hence E eliminated.
So answer is C.

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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

Pls. explain your answer!


i pick C. "to plan on practicing" is correct idiomatic expression. D and E are out because of wrong construction.
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Seems like a matter of tense and S/V agreement. Subject is minority grads, verb is plan, so you have to pick the combination that fits best.
A. minority grads are likely...in planning (doesn't work)
B. minority grads are likely...who plan (doesn't work)
C. minority grads are likely...to plan (could work)
D. is likely minority grads...will plan (could work)
E. is likely minority grads...to plan (doesn't work)

So between C and D, the main difference seems to be picking between "As likely as" and "more likely than". D sounds awkward because of the arrangement of the words; "more likely that minority grads rather than other grads will plan..."
C is the remaining choice and best answer.

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