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# Following the destruction of the space shuttle Challenger,

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300. Following the destruction of the space shuttle Challenger, investigators concluded that many key people employed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and its contractors work an excessive amount of overtime that has the potential of causing errors in judgment.
(A) overtime that has the potential of causing
(B) overtime that has the potential to cause
(C) overtime that potentially can cause
(D) overtime, a practice that has the potential for causing
(E) overtime, a practice that can, potentially, cause
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15 Nov 2006, 13:49
i'd also go with D. E just isn't that sexy with all the commas.
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15 Nov 2006, 14:46
I guess D too. Is "for causing" idiomatically correct.
Perhaps B? That isn't a great fit either.
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15 Nov 2006, 16:15
jyotsnasarabu wrote:
300. Following the destruction of the space shuttle Challenger, investigators concluded that many key people employed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and its contractors work an excessive amount of overtime that has the potential of causing errors in judgment.
(A) overtime that has the potential of causing
(B) overtime that has the potential to cause
(C) overtime that potentially can cause
(D) overtime, a practice that has the potential for causing
(E) overtime, a practice that can, potentially, cause

Between C & E..I will go for E.

A,B. all that be eliminated because it sounds awkward " Overtime has potential"

D says " Potential for Causing" I think it should always be "Potential TO"

So between C & E...I don't like C because adverb is not near the Verb.

So my Choice E.

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15 Nov 2006, 18:59
"potential to cause" sounds idiomatic to me..

as that is not there in D, I will have to choose E.
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15 Nov 2006, 19:03
Between D and E, E is best. 'potential for causing' in D does not look idiomatic
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15 Nov 2006, 19:14
IMO, comma is needed here to separate 'overtime' & rest of the sentence.

D - "for causing" is wrong usage

E - Great!

So, "E" it is...
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16 Nov 2006, 06:32
in (E) overtime, a practice that can, potentially, cause

that can and potentially, isnÂ´t that redundant?
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16 Nov 2006, 06:52
Between D & E.

In (D) '...potential for causing errors' sound bit funny to me.

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16 Nov 2006, 07:25
tobiastt wrote:
in (E) overtime, a practice that can, potentially, cause

that can and potentially, isnÂ´t that redundant?

Good thinking. Here is the strategy...
Look at this SC like this.
if not "E" can you convince yourself on any other choice? Think honestly without getting biased against "E"
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16 Nov 2006, 07:40
I got it : in all the other choices that can and pontentially is redundant and , in D , a practice that has the pontetial. Can a practice have a potential ? NO. This leaves us only with E , which in my view is also lousy but perhaps the best under the worst.
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16 Nov 2006, 08:30
tobiastt wrote:
I got it : in all the other choices that can and pontentially is redundant and , in D , a practice that has the pontetial. Can a practice have a potential ? NO. This leaves us only with E , which in my view is also lousy but perhaps the best under the worst.

No hold on!

That was just a strategy when you are confused over choices.

In "E" there is nothing redundant, it's a good choice
'practice' is used to describe 'a habit of overtime'.
16 Nov 2006, 08:30
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