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Post Wed Nov 04, 2009 11:06 am
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    According to a recent study conducted at over 100 American universities, the number of college graduates interested in pursuing a career in financial services
    is likely to double by 2010.

    is likely to double
    are likely to increase by twice
    are likely to double
    will double
    will increase by twice

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    Post Wed Nov 04, 2009 11:15 am
    B and C can quickly be eliminated because of "number is likely to double not number are likely"

    E is obviously wrong for a lot of reasons.

    I would go with A over D as in my way of reasoning studies are hypothetical therefore is likely is better than will in the context, but both are gramatically correct.

    IMO A

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    Post Wed Nov 04, 2009 4:27 pm
    thanks..OA is indeed A

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    Post Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:12 pm
    to add to the above, D makes it absolutely certain that the number will double, whereas the original intent of the sentence was that the increase is a possibility.

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    The original sentence supplies the correct singular verb “is likely” for the singular subject “the number
    of graduates.” The sentence also employs the concise and idiomatic form “is likely to double.”

    (A) CORRECT. This answer choice is correct as it repeats the original sentence.

    (B) This answer choice supplies the incorrect plural verb “are likely” that does not agree with the
    singular subject “the number of graduates.” Further, this answer choice uses the wordy and
    unidiomatic construction “to increase by twice” rather than the concise and idiomatic form “to double.”

    (C) This answer choice uses the incorrect plural verb “are likely” that does not agree with the singular
    subject “the number of graduates.”

    (D) While the verb construction “will double” is more concise than the original “is likely to double,” this
    change incorrectly alters the meaning of the sentence by implying that the expected increase in the
    interest in “a career in financial services” is certain rather than merely “likely,” as stated in the original
    sentence.

    (E) This answer choice employs the wordy and unidiomatic construction “to increase by twice” rather
    than the concise and idiomatic form “to double.” Further, the verb “will increase” implies that the
    expected increase in the interest in “a career in financial services” is certain rather than merely “likely,”
    as stated in the original sentence. This change incorrectly alters the original meaning of the sentence.

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