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is it four times MORE likely or four times AS likely?

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1. 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(C)
(E) it is nearly four times as likely for minority graduates than other graduates to plan to practice

The OA is C . When do we use the term four times more likely vs. four times as likely? Can someone explain the difference in usage in the GMAT context? thanks.

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by nervesofsteel » Sun Jul 19, 2009 4:45 pm
I would have gone for A..

any one to comment...??

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by ManSab » Sun Jul 19, 2009 9:18 pm
My pick is A too...
What is the q' source?

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by pranav » Sun Jul 19, 2009 11:12 pm
I am not very sure about the difference between four times more likely vs. four times as likely but i picked (C) because it says : 'to plan on practicing'.

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by dumb.doofus » Mon Jul 20, 2009 12:16 am
Idiom is "likely + infinitive".. Hence C (likely to)
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by scoobydooby » Mon Jul 20, 2009 12:25 am
agree with dumb.dufoos.

4 times more likely than X...=>5 times as likely as X .not the same as 4 times as likey as X

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by hk » Mon Jul 20, 2009 12:38 pm
To explain this better lemme use an example:

if we say M is 4 times as much as N, it means that M=4N
But if we say M is 4 times more than N, it means that, M= 4N + N = 5N which actually changes the meaning.

Same is true here. hence C is the answer!!!
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by nervesofsteel » Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:52 pm
I searched this question in GMAt sets ... the OA given is A...

I am confused.. whts the source ...??

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by yeloaw » Tue Jul 21, 2009 10:34 am
hk wrote:To explain this better lemme use an example:

if we say M is 4 times as much as N, it means that M=4N
But if we say M is 4 times more than N, it means that, M= 4N + N = 5N which actually changes the meaning.

Same is true here. hence C is the answer!!!
By your logic, wouldn't C have changed the meaning of the original???

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by scoobydooby » Tue Jul 21, 2009 10:56 am
yeloaw wrote:
hk wrote:To explain this better lemme use an example:

if we say M is 4 times as much as N, it means that M=4N
But if we say M is 4 times more than N, it means that, M= 4N + N = 5N which actually changes the meaning.

Same is true here. hence C is the answer!!!
By your logic, wouldn't C have changed the meaning of the original???
yes, but C is the only one that is grammaticlly correct. the correct idiom is "likely to". none of the other choices get this right. even if we were to stick to "4 times more than likely than", it would still be wrong due to the wrong idiom usage. the intended meaning therefore is "4 times as likely as".

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by panacea6565 » Tue Jul 21, 2009 11:15 pm
hey ,
can any one please explain this with answer,




PS:looking for explanation, more than answer
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