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Register now and save up to $200 Available with Beat the GMAT members only code Traffic safety officials predict that drivers will be This topic has 6 member replies aspirant2011 Legendary Member Joined 28 Jan 2011 Posted: 1574 messages Followed by: 13 members Upvotes: 88 Traffic safety officials predict that drivers will be Sat Jun 04, 2011 7:45 am Traffic safety officials predict that drivers will be equally likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as the current one. A. equally likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as B. equally likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as they are C. equally likely that they will exceed the proposed speed limit as D. as likely that they will exceed the proposed speed limit as E. as likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as they are OA: Will be posted later. Please discuss each answer choice with supporting explanations. VivianKerr GMAT Instructor Joined 17 Dec 2010 Posted: 1035 messages Followed by: 364 members Upvotes: 474 Thu Jun 09, 2011 6:29 pm This is an Idiom question. We say that something is "AS likely TO" not that two things are "equally likely" in this type of comparison. X is as likely to ____ as Y Therefore we can eliminate A, B, C, and D. In E, "they" clearly refers back to "drivers." _________________ Vivian Kerr GMAT Rockstar, Tutor https://www.GMATrockstar.com https://www.yelp.com/biz/gmat-rockstar-los-angeles Former Kaplan and Grockit instructor, freelance GMAT content creator, now offering affordable, effective, Skype-tutoring for the GMAT at$150/hr. Contact: GMATrockstar@gmail.com

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VivianKerr wrote:
This is an Idiom question. We say that something is "AS likely TO" not that two things are "equally likely" in this type of comparison.

X is as likely to ____ as Y

Therefore we can eliminate A, B, C, and D.

In E, "they" clearly refers back to "drivers."
Hi GMAT Experts ... revisiting this thread as i had a couple of questions

---- why is wrong to use equally likely to .... here is an example sentence which i think is right

example : X and Y are equally likely to succeed
example : X is equally likely to cry as Y is
example : Wrestlers are equally likely to succeed as they are to fail

please explain why "Equally likely" is not even a consideration given i can make sentences with it as shown above ..

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IMO A
All other options have they. And they can refer to officials as well as drivers. SO I feel, it doesn't have clear antecedent. What's the OA?

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sameerballani wrote:
IMO A
All other options have they. And they can refer to officials as well as drivers. SO I feel, it doesn't have clear antecedent. What's the OA?
OA given is E and I also have the same confusion of "they" ..........I have found one link which explains why option E is correct.....

http://www.urch.com/forums/gmat-sentence-correction/74177-safety-officials-2.html

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for D and E we can with idiom as... as...
and even we need to choose TO EXCEED
But the use of they still remains ambiguous to me.
Also the ending they are the current one seems awkward
what's the source. May be we can have expert comments.

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Hi,

A - Traffic safety officials predict that drivers will be equally likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as to exceed the current one(speed limit). -> this sentence doesn't look good

E - Traffic safety officials predict that drivers will be as likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as they are to exceed the current one(speed limit). -> this sentence seems good

'as' here is used for similarity. So, it acts as a preposition. So 'as' should be followed by a clause or prepositional phrase, not noun/pronoun(the current one).
I am not 100% sure about the usage of 'they' though

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