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# Several studies have found that the coronary patients who

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Several studies have found that the coronary patients who exercise most actively <<have half or less than half the chance of dying of a heart attack as those who are sedentary>>

(A) have half or less than half the chance of dying of a heart attack as those who are sedentary
(B) have half the chance, or less, of dying of a heart attack than those who are sedentary do
(C) have half the chance that they will die of a heart attack, or less, than those who are sedentary do
(D) are at least fifty percent less likely to die of a heart attack as those who are sedentary
(E) are at least fifty percent less likely than those who are sedentary to die of a heart attack

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07 Sep 2004, 01:33
Will go with E

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(A) have half or less than half the chance of dying of a heart attack as those who are sedentary
(B) have half the chance, or less, of dying of a heart attack than those who are sedentary do
(C) have half the chance that they will die of a heart attack, or less, than those who are sedentary do
(D) are at least fifty percent less likely to die of a heart attack as those who are sedentary

(E) are at least fifty percent less likely than those who are sedentary to die of a heart attack

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07 Sep 2004, 01:43
Same for me
choose E

First eliminate "half or less than half..."
Then chose between D and E by selecting the correct form : "less..than"

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07 Sep 2004, 05:30
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Several studies have found that the coronary patients who exercise most actively <<have half or less than half the chance of dying of a heart attack as those who are sedentary>>

(A) have half or less than half the chance of dying of a heart attack as those who are sedentary
(B) have half the chance, or less, of dying of a heart attack than those who are sedentary do
(C) have half the chance that they will die of a heart attack, or less, than those who are sedentary do
(D) are at least fifty percent less likely to die of a heart attack as those who are sedentary
(E) are at least fifty percent less likely than those who are sedentary to die of a heart attack

I don't like the "at least fifty percent less likely to die". I understand this as if saying that the probability of dying for sedentary people is , for example, 80%, therefore for active people will be <30%.

"Have the chance" makes more sense because it can be 2% for sedentary and <1% for active people...

My choice is B, although I am not sure the final "do" is needed.

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21 Nov 2010, 05:14
"are sedentary do" in B and C makes no sense.
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The objection to A, B and C is that they use a word such as chance to denote a matter of death. Chance is said to be a happy word that one uses in such positive expressions as having a chance of becoming the President, or having chance of getting into Wharton or Harvard etc. One will do well to say that people run or have the risk of death or accident.
It is this improper diction that eliminates the first three choices and it may not have much to do with grammar as such.
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The objection to A, B and C is that they use a word such as chance to denote a matter of death. Chance is said to be a happy word that one uses in such positive expressions as having a chance of becoming the President, or having chance of getting into Wharton or Harvard etc. One will do well to say that people run or have the risk of death or accident.
It is this improper diction that eliminates the first three choices and it may not have much to do with grammar as such.

and what do you have to say between D and E?
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Between D and E, D can be dropped like a hot potato for using “less likely to die of a heart attack as those”. It has to be “less likely than” . E therefore is the choice.
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