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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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21 Nov 2010, 05:37
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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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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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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

This kind of SC tests the concise combination of ...as...as ....and less/more ....than ..... The correct combination is: ...at least/ at most .....less/ more .....than ......
So i'm left with D and E. Between the two, E uses the correct structure: ...less .....than .... so E is correct.

Go for E.
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a) 'as those' is wrong. We need 'than those' for comparisons

b) 'who are sedentary do' --> the last 'do' is not nescessary as it results in bad comparison

c) bad comparison. Sounds like comparing chances of survival to number of inactive people.

d) are at least fifty percent less likely to die of a heart attack as those who are sedentary

e) people who are most active .... than those who are sendentary.... --> good comparison

E for me
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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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A. have half or less than half the chance of dying of a heart attack as those who are sedentary
half or less than half is just wordy//less than..as
B. have half the chance, or less, of dying of a heart attack than those who are sedentary do.
Awkward, Wordy, Comma splice ", or less", "who are sedantary do" doesn't make any sense.
C. have half the chance that they will die of a heart attack or less, than those who are sedentary do.
Awakward. Can heart attack be less?
D. are at least 50 % less likely to die of a heart attack as those who are sedentary.
less..as
E. are at least 50% less likely than those who are sedentary to die of a heart attack.
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1.The reason why A,B, and C are out is that, they use a positive but questionable term ‘chance’ for describing a negative factors such as dying of a heart attack. It is customary to use chance with happy and positive events such as winning a jackpot or getting admission into the Whartons or the Harvards etc. For such unsavory phenomena as dying, risk is the fitting term

2. D uses wrong idiom – less likely as

3. If the phrase “who are sedentary to die of a heart attack" is misplaced in E, where else can we fit in that better? You can not, in my opinion. Therefore sgupta0827 is right in saying that others have more serious errors and lack style.
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30 Nov 2016, 01:35
In this particular usage, "likely" should be followed by "to." Note that "to" appears in both D and E, just in slightly different spots. D uses the incorrect "less likely to die as," while E uses the correct "less likely than." However, if you skip over that comparison, we still have "less likely to die."

Of course, it's fine to use "likely" without "to" at all, if it is serving as an adjective: "She is a likely candidate for mayor."
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