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# based on my understanding of as likely/more likely, I did

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based on my understanding of as likely/more likely, I did the two questions below and got one right and the other one wrong, which has gotten me confused about when 'as likely' can be used and when it should be 'more likely'???

38. According to a recent study, the elderly in the United States are four times more likely to give regular financial aid to their children as to receive it from them.

(A) the elderly in the United States are four times more likely to give regular financial aid to their children as
(B) the elderly in the United States are four times as likely to give regular financial aid to their children as it is for them
(C) the elderly in the United States are four times more likely to give regular financial aid to their children than
(D) it is four times more likely for the elderly in the United States to give regular financial aid to their children than they are
(E) it is four times as likely that the elderly in the United States will give their children regular financial aid as they are

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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15 Aug 2007, 12:11
1. it is NOT "as likely"

2. MORE likely THAN
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15 Aug 2007, 12:16
can you apply that to question 42? I was between A & C and chose A, but OA is C, and I am not getting it.
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15 Aug 2007, 14:21
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38. According to a recent study, the elderly in the United States are four times more likely to give regular financial aid to their children as to receive it from them.

(A) the elderly in the United States are four times more likely to give regular financial aid to their children as
(B) the elderly in the United States are four times as likely to give regular financial aid to their children as it is for them
(C) the elderly in the United States are four times more likely to give regular financial aid to their children than
(D) it is four times more likely for the elderly in the United States to give regular financial aid to their children than they are
(E) it is four times as likely that the elderly in the United States will give their children regular financial aid as they are

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

Got C for both.

(38) can be determined through the idiom "more x...than y..."; MORE likely to give...THAN to receive...

More As is never correct; if you look to use "as" the idiom must follow "as X as (to) Y"; a perfect segway to why answer is C for 42.

(42) A is inticing but to use "more x than y" both x and y must be paralell. in choice A, x=minority students & y = are other graduate students. The "are" throws me off.

I would have kept this as an option and moved to see what other choices there are.

Choice C properly uses the "as X as Y" idiom and both X and Y are paralell: x=minority graduates, y=other graduates.

Between A and C, I like C.
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Re: based on my understanding of as likely/more likely, I did [#permalink]

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27 Dec 2011, 03:05
Can someone pls check, if C for the second question changing the meaning?
Re: based on my understanding of as likely/more likely, I did   [#permalink] 27 Dec 2011, 03:05
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