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As the United States Census showed, college graduates are five

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As the United States Census showed, college graduates are five times more likely to own houses as to own apartments.

(A) college graduates are five times more likely to own houses as
(B) college graduates are five times as likely to own houses as it is for them
(C) college graduates are five times more likely to own houses than
(D) it is five times more likely for college graduates to own houses than they are
(E) it is five times as likely that college graduates will own houses as they are

Can we reject choice D based on some logic or grammar error ??

Will GMAT test only on concise answer choice, where 2 answer choices are correct only one is better and concise ?
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New post 28 Feb 2017, 05:58
vishalkumar4mba wrote:
As the United States Census showed, college graduates are five times more likely
to own houses as
to own apartments.

(A) college graduates are five times more likely to own houses as
(B) college graduates are five times as likely to own houses as it is for them
(C) college graduates are five times more likely to own houses than
(D) it is five times more likely for college graduates to own houses than they are
(E) it is five times as likely that college graduates will own houses as they are

Can we reject choice D based on some logic or grammar error ??

Will GMAT test only on concise answer choice, where 2 answer choices are correct only one is better and concise ?
Logic error is preferred here, Because this is wordy constructions .moreover, likely should follow to.
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vishalkumar4mba wrote:
As the United States Census showed, college graduates are five times more likely
to own houses as
to own apartments.

(A) college graduates are five times more likely to own houses as
(B) college graduates are five times as likely to own houses as it is for them
(C) college graduates are five times more likely to own houses than
(D) it is five times more likely for college graduates to own houses than they are
(E) it is five times as likely that college graduates will own houses as they are

Can we reject choice D based on some logic or grammar error ??

Will GMAT test only on concise answer choice, where 2 answer choices are correct only one is better and concise ?


D has passive construction and GMAT does not like passive construction. C is less wordy and more concise.
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vishalkumar4mba wrote:
As the United States Census showed, college graduates are five times more likely to own houses as to own apartments.

(A) college graduates are five times more likely to own houses as
(B) college graduates are five times as likely to own houses as it is for them
(C) college graduates are five times more likely to own houses than
(D) it is five times more likely for college graduates to own houses than they are
(E) it is five times as likely that college graduates will own houses as they are

Can we reject choice D based on some logic or grammar error ??

Will GMAT test only on concise answer choice, where 2 answer choices are correct only one is better and concise ?


More x than y is the correct comparison...

In (D) it has no cleaar referrent/antecedent, errors in other options highlighted in RED.


Answer must be (C)

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New post 28 Feb 2017, 12:07
(A) college graduates are five times more likely to own houses as- Incorrect.
More____ than is an important Idiom on the GMAT. Five times more likely to own houses as to own apartments is nonsensical.


(B) college graduates are five times as likely to own houses as it is for them- Incorrect.
One rule should be kept in mind. If you want to relate two quantities by multiplication, use times and as.....as together. The words more and less are rather flexible. They can be used as nouns (or pronouns), adjectives or adverbs. The above choice distorts the intended meaning of the sentence. Further ‘it’ is ambiguous.


(C) college graduates are five times more likely to own houses than- Correct.
Clear comparison is made between own house and own apartments. Further the choice is concise.


(D) it is five times more likely for college graduates to own houses than they are- Incorrect.
This choice is a disaster. ‘It’ has no clear referent. Secondly the choice is indeed too long for the GMAT when a perfectly succinct choice C is available.


(E) it is five times as likely that college graduates will own houses as they are- Incorrect.
As mentioned in B as likely that college graduates____ is wordy and incorrect. ‘It’ is ambiguous.


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vishalkumar4mba wrote:
As the United States Census showed, college graduates are five times more likely to own houses as to own apartments.

(A) college graduates are five times more likely to own houses as
(B) college graduates are five times as likely to own houses as it is for them
(C) college graduates are five times more likely to own houses than
(D) it is five times more likely for college graduates to own houses than they are
(E) it is five times as likely that college graduates will own houses as they are

Can we reject choice D based on some logic or grammar error ??

Will GMAT test only on concise answer choice, where 2 answer choices are correct only one is better and concise ?


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Is it ‘five times more likely’ or ‘five times as likely’. The correct expression is ‘five times more likely’. When you use ‘more’ you must use ‘than’. Eliminate A, B and E. C is shorter, clearer and simpler than D. C is correct.
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