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Many psychologists and sociologists now contend that the deliberate and even brutal aggression integral to some forms of competitive athletics increase the likelihood of imitative violence that erupts among crowds of spectators dominated by young adult males.

(A) increase the likelihood of imitative violence that erupts
(B) increase the likelihood that there will be an eruption of imitative violence
(C) increase the likelihood of imitative violence erupting
(D) increases the likelihood for imitative violence to erupt
(E) increases the likelihood that imitative violence will erupt

Why does CONTEND THAT not use subjunctive mood?
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Re: SC1000 #5000 Violence [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2007, 08:49
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Many psychologists and sociologists now contend that the deliberate and even brutal aggression integral to some forms of competitive athletics increase the likelihood of imitative violence that erupts among crowds of spectators dominated by young adult males.

(A) increase the likelihood of imitative violence that erupts
(B) increase the likelihood that there will be an eruption of imitative violence
(C) increase the likelihood of imitative violence erupting
(D) increases the likelihood for imitative violence to erupt
(E) increases the likelihood that imitative violence will erupt

Why does CONTEND THAT not use subjunctive mood?


Well, the answer is E which seems to be the only grammatically correct choice.

Could you reword the way you think this sentence OUGHT to have been? I don't see the requirement of using the Subjunctive mood here.

Many government officials contend that the errant official be dismissed

Many govt officials contend that malpractices on their part can increase the likelihood of they being suspended.

So it depends on the context of the sentence whether subjunctive is required or not.

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SVA needs 'increases', eliminating A, B & C.
'likelihood for' is not correct idiom, eliminating D.
E is the best answer.
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2007, 10:05
so..when we have directive verbs (contend that) it is not necessarily subjunctive mood, but when subjunctive mood is required we must have a directive verb....
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Re: SC1000 #5000 Violence [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2007, 01:45
dwivedys wrote:
bmwhype2 wrote:
Many psychologists and sociologists now contend that the deliberate and even brutal aggression integral to some forms of competitive athletics increase the likelihood of imitative violence that erupts among crowds of spectators dominated by young adult males.

(A) increase the likelihood of imitative violence that erupts
(B) increase the likelihood that there will be an eruption of imitative violence
(C) increase the likelihood of imitative violence erupting
(D) increases the likelihood for imitative violence to erupt
(E) increases the likelihood that imitative violence will erupt

Why does CONTEND THAT not use subjunctive mood?


Well, the answer is E which seems to be the only grammatically correct choice.

Could you reword the way you think this sentence OUGHT to have been? I don't see the requirement of using the Subjunctive mood here.

Many government officials contend that the errant official be dismissed

Many govt officials contend that malpractices on their part can increase the likelihood of they being suspended.

So it depends on the context of the sentence whether subjunctive is required or not.


i thought (erroneously) that it was subjunctive mood simply because contend had a THAT following it.

However, you made a mistake on one of your sentences.
Many govt officials contend that malpractices on their part can increase the likelihood of they being suspended.
it should be their being suspended.

What differs in the second sentence context that allows us to determine whether it is subjunctive or not?
Re: SC1000 #5000 Violence   [#permalink] 27 Jul 2007, 01:45
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