1. ## 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?

2. ## Re: Likely vs possible

What were the other options?

3. ## Re: Likely vs possible

Originally Posted by Vicky42
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?

"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.

4. ## Re: Likely vs possible

In addition, we don't use the construction "as possible to be found as".

5. ## Re: Likely vs possible

Originally Posted by Vicky42
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?

"Likely" works for me.

6. ## Re: Likely vs possible

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

7. ## Re: Likely vs possible

Originally Posted by emsr2d2
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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