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    Likely vs possible

    Hi everyone,

    I'm doing a multiple choice exercise:

    "The treasure was as likely to be found by a clever child of ten as it was by a university professor."

    I can't account for the choice of likely, as opposed to possible, which is one of the options.

    Why is possible wrong here?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Likely vs possible

    What were the other options?

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    Re: Likely vs possible

    Quote Originally Posted by Vicky42 View Post
    Hi everyone,

    I'm doing a multiple choice exercise:

    "The treasure was as likely to be found by a clever child of ten as it was by a university professor."

    I can't account for the choice of likely, as opposed to possible, which is one of the options.

    Why is possible wrong here?

    Thanks in advance!
    "Likely" means probable. "Probable" (>50% chance) does not mean "possible" (>0% chance).
    "Just as probable" means the probability is the same (or greater). Naturally if something is just as probable, it must be just as possible, but the reverse isn't necessarily true.

    "Anything is possible", as they say (not really true); but "Anything is probable" is obviously wrong. Probable (likely) does not equal possible.

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    Re: Likely vs possible

    In addition, we don't use the construction "as possible to be found as".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: Likely vs possible

    Quote Originally Posted by Vicky42 View Post
    Hi everyone,

    I'm doing a multiple choice exercise:

    "The treasure was as likely to be found by a clever child of ten as it was by a university professor."

    I can't account for the choice of likely, as opposed to possible, which is one of the options.

    Why is possible wrong here?

    Thanks in advance!
    "Likely" works for me.

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    Re: Likely vs possible

    Thanks for your answers!

    (By the way, the other two choices were suitable and probable.)

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    Re: Likely vs possible

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In addition, we don't use the construction "as possible to be found as".
    I thought about that. But again, I can't explain what the problem is. Is it the comparative or the passive voice?

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