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Black children are three times as likely to live in single‐parent households than white children and twice as likely to live in a home where no parent has full‐time or year‐round employment.

A. three times as likely to live in single‐parent households than white children and twice as likely to live in a home where

B. three times more likely to live in single‐parent households than white children and twice as likely to live in a home where

C. three times more likely to live in single‐parent households than white children have been and double as likely to live in a home where

D. three times more likely to live in single‐parent households as white children and twice as likely of living in a home where

E. three times as likely to live in single‐parent households than white children are and twice more likely to live in a home where

I got this question from Aristotle grail and was wondering if 'where' can be used in this case as MGMAT SC guide says 'where' cannot modify a metaphorical place such as situation, case.

So is the use of 'where' correct in this case?
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05 Aug 2011, 04:10
aanchalsinha wrote:
Black children are three times as likely to live in single‐parent households than white
children and twice as likely to live in a home where
no parent has full‐time or year‐round
employment.
A. three times as likely to live in single‐parent households than white children
and twice as likely to live in a home where
B. three times more likely to live in single‐parent households than white
children and twice as likely to live in a home where
C. three times more likely to live in single‐parent households than white children
have been and double as likely to live in a home where
D. three times more likely to live in single‐parent households as white children
and twice as likely of living in a home where
E. three times as likely to live in single‐parent households than white children
are and twice more likely to live in a home where

I got this question from Aristotle grail and was wondering if 'where' can be used in this case as MGMAT SC guide says 'where' cannot modify a metaphorical place such as situation, case.

So is the use of 'where' correct in this case?

'where' is modifying the noun immediately preceding it i.e. "home", which is a place. "where" can modify place.

B is correct:
more..than
"twice as likely" is better than "double as likely"
to live etc... || to live etc..
||ism is maintained for the tense as well: Simple Present || Simple Present:: Black children "are" || than white children (are)--hidden ellipsis.
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05 Aug 2011, 05:36
The issue here is not about the use of where. The relative pronoun is used in all the choices correctly relating to home, which indeed is a real place and not metaphoric . Therefore, should you try to create an error when it is not there?

The correct choice should be decided upon other factors. That, I think fluke has already done it.
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06 Aug 2011, 09:06
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This is a sentence picked up from New York Times from an article written by BOB HERBERT.

Aristotle should put the source of the question/at least mention that this has been taken from a leading online newspaper because it is Plagiarism if I do not put the source !!!!

Article Link - http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/16/opini ... rbert.html

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Original Sentence that was modified by Aristotle -
Black children — boys and girls — are three times more likely to live in single-parent households than white children and twice as likely to live in a home where no parent has full-time or year-round employment.

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Aristotle's version -
Black children are three times more likely to live in single-parent households than white children and twice as likely to live in a home where no parent has full-time or year-round employment
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Sentence by Aristrotle -
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10 Nov 2013, 20:54
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The issue here is not about the use of where. The relative pronoun is used in all the choices correctly relating to home, which indeed is a real place and not metaphoric . Therefore, should you try to create an error when it is not there?

The correct choice should be decided upon other factors. That, I think fluke has already done it.

Daagh I have a question, whenever we say three times or two times, do v use more likely or as likely?
whenever we say thrice or twice, do v use more likely or as likely?
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10 Nov 2013, 21:32
mohnish104 wrote:
whenever we say three times or two times, do v use more likely or as likely?
whenever we say thrice or twice, do v use more likely or as likely?

Well, logically, three times as likely is not the same as three times more likely. But

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A recent review of pay scales indicates that CEO’s now earn an average of 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, compared to a ratio of 42 times in 1980.

A. that CEO’s now earn an average of 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, compared to a ratio of 42 times
B. that, on average, CEO’s now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, a ratio that compares to 42 times
C. that, on average, CEO’s now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, as compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio
D. CEO’s who now earn on average 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, as compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio
E. CEO’s now earning an average of 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, compared to the ratio of 42 times

The correct answer is C, which again changes the meaning since mathematically, 419 times more pay is not the same as 419 times the pay. But looks like GMAT is ok with such ambiguities.
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Black children are three times as likely to live in single‐parent households than white children and twice as likely to live in a home where no parent has full‐time or year‐round employment.

A. three times as likely to live in single‐parent households than white children and twice as likely to live in a home where

B. three times more likely to live in single‐parent households than white children and twice as likely to live in a home where

C. three times more likely to live in single‐parent households than white children have been and double as likely to live in a home where

D. three times more likely to live in single‐parent households as white children and twice as likely of living in a home where

E. three times as likely to live in single‐parent households than white children are and twice more likely to live in a home where
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B is the best choice, even though I was expecting an 'are' before white children!
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02 Apr 2015, 09:28
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My answer would be B. Can someone confirm If it's correct??

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03 Apr 2015, 08:15
+1 for B. But where is the "are" with the "white children"? Ellipsis?
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Black children are three times as likely to live in single‐parent households than white children and twice as likely to live in a home where no parent has full‐time or year‐round employment.

A. three times as likely to live in single‐parent households than white children and twice as likely to live in a home where - the idiom is as likely as OR more likely than

B. three times more likely to live in single‐parent households than white children and twice as likely to live in a home where - Correct

C. three times more likely to live in single‐parent households than white children have been and double as likely to live in a home where - the correct verb form is 'are'. The statement is a general fact.

D. three times more likely to live in single‐parent households as white children and twice as likely of living in a home where - - the idiom is as likely as OR more likely than

E. three times as likely to live in single‐parent households than white children are and twice more likely to live in a home where - same as A

Although 'are' is missing in B (probably ellipses), it the best choice so far.
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Black children are three times as likely to live in single‐parent households than white children and twice as likely to live in a home where no parent has full‐time or year‐round employment.

A. three times as likely to live in single‐parent households than white children and twice as likely to live in a home where

B. three times more likely to live in single‐parent households than white children and twice as likely to live in a home where

C. three times more likely to live in single‐parent households than white children have been and double as likely to live in a home where

D. three times more likely to live in single‐parent households as white children and twice as likely of living in a home where

E. three times as likely to live in single‐parent households than white children are and twice more likely to live in a home where

Error Analysis:

Idiom:
More than is correct.
As shoudn't be used with more.
Option A: Idiomatic error.
Option B: Correct.
Option C:Incorrect comparison. Also usage of double.
Option D: Same as A.
Option E: Same as A.
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Black children are three times as likely to live in single‐parent households than white children and twice as likely to live in a home where no parent has full‐time or year round employment.
A. three times as likely to live in single‐parent households than white children and twice as likely to live in a home where
B. three times more likely to live in single‐parent households than white children and twice as likely to live in a home where
C. three times more likely to live in single‐parent households than white children have been and double as likely to live in a home where
D. three times more likely to live in single‐parent households as white children and twice as likely of living in a home where
E. three times as likely to live in single‐parent households than white children are and twice more likely to live in a home where
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Black children are three times as likely to live in single‐parent households than white children and twice as likely to live in a home where no parent has full‐time or year round employment.
A. three times as likely to live in single‐parent households than white children and twice as likely to live in a home where
B. three times more likely to live in single‐parent households than white children and twice as likely to live in a home where - CORRECT
C. three times more likely to live in single‐parent households than white children have been and double as likely to live in a home where
D. three times more likely to live in single‐parent households as white children and twice as likely of living in a home where
E. three times as likely to live in single‐parent households than white children are and twice more likely to live in a home where
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12 Aug 2019, 04:35
Shouldn't there be an "are" after the "three times more likely to live in single‐parent households than white children"
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03 Jan 2020, 11:04
More likely than
As likely as
More than likely
Is likely that
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On the basis on incorrect idioms, we can choose B as the right answer.
Also note the last part of the underlined sentence in the OS is correct and makes full sense. Only A and B retain this structure, however, A contains the idiom error.
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03 Feb 2020, 17:43
A, E: ...as likely... than... is incorrect.
C: "double as likely" is also incorrect.
D: ...more... as... is incorrect.
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Black children are three times as likely to live in single‐parent households than white children and twice as likely to live in a home where no parent has full‐time or year‐round employment.

A. three times as likely to live in single‐parent households than white children and twice as likely to live in a home where

B. three times more likely to live in single‐parent households than white children and twice as likely to live in a home where

C. three times more likely to live in single‐parent households than white children have been and double as likely to live in a home where

D. three times more likely to live in single‐parent households as white children and twice as likely of living in a home where

E. three times as likely to live in single‐parent households than white children are and twice more likely to live in a home where
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