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# Responding to the publics fascination with-and sometimes

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Responding to the public’s fascination with-and sometimes
undue alarm over-possible threats from asteroids, a scale
developed by astronomers rates the likelihood that a particular
asteroid or comet may
collide with Earth.
A. a scale developed by astronomers rates the likelihood
that a particular asteroid or comet may
B. a scale that astronomers have developed rates how
likely it is for a particular asteroid or comet to
C. astronomers have developed a scale to rate how likely
a particular asteroid or comet will be to
D. astronomers have developed a scale for rating the
likelihood that a particular asteroid or comet will
E. astronomers have developed a scale that rates the
likelihood of a particular asteroid or comet that may.
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28 Apr 2008, 13:52
E

==>> "Responding to the public’s fascination with-and sometimes
undue alarm over-possible threats from asteroids" is modifier so next word after "," should be astronomer.

==> final clause has to say "may" and not "will" as the comet strike is only a possibity not a guarentee.
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28 Apr 2008, 15:03
Sentence has modifier, passive voice and certain/uncertain change issues

A. a scale developed by astronomers rates the likelihood that a particular asteroid or comet may [Modifier issue – need to have the astronomers – eliminate it]
B. a scale that astronomers have developed rates how likely it is for a particular asteroid or comet to [Modifier issue – need to have the astronomers – eliminate it]
C. astronomers have developed a scale to rate how likely a particular asteroid or comet will be to [changes the sentence tone from uncertain to certain – may/will – eliminate it]
D. astronomers have developed a scale for rating the likelihood that a particular asteroid or comet will [changes the sentence tone from uncertain to certain – may/will – may/will – eliminate it]
E. astronomers have developed a scale that rates the likelihood of a particular asteroid or comet that may. [Hold it]

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28 Apr 2008, 15:12
I was originally going to answer D but after reading hanumayamma's explaination E makes sense now.
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28 Apr 2008, 16:09
Modifier question - It is the astronomers that are responding so A and B can be eliminated.
C & D use 'will' which means its guranteed to happen, it may or may not happen. So answer is 'E'
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28 Apr 2008, 16:09
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Straight D.
AB have modifier issues, CE change the meaning of the original sentence.
saravalli wrote:
Responding to the public’s fascination with-and sometimes undue alarm over-possible threats from asteroids, a scale developed by astronomers rates the likelihood that a particular asteroid or comet may collide with Earth.

A. a scale developed by astronomers rates the likelihood that a particular asteroid or comet may
B. a scale that astronomers have developed rates how likely it is for a particular asteroid or comet to
C. astronomers have developed a scale to rate how likely a particular asteroid or comet will be to
D. astronomers have developed a scale for rating the likelihood that a particular asteroid or comet will
E. astronomers have developed a scale that rates the likelihood of a particular asteroid or comet that may.

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28 Apr 2008, 16:13
D.
A and B - wrong modifier
C - "will be to" is not correct usage
E - "likelihood of" requires something on the lines of colliding but the question has collide. So eliminate E as well.

That leaves D.
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28 Apr 2008, 17:33
guys lets discuss more. Please eliminate C with concrete reasons.

likelihood and may are a little redundant in E. But whats wrong in saying
likelihood of comet will hit me is very less ? (..something along those lines).

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28 Apr 2008, 19:19
saravalli wrote:
Responding to the public’s fascination with-and sometimes
undue alarm over-possible threats from asteroids, a scale
developed by astronomers rates the likelihood that a particular
asteroid or comet may
collide with Earth.
A. a scale developed by astronomers rates the likelihood
that a particular asteroid or comet may
B. a scale that astronomers have developed rates how
likely it is for a particular asteroid or comet to
C. astronomers have developed a scale to rate how likely
a particular asteroid or comet will be to
D. astronomers have developed a scale for rating the
likelihood that a particular asteroid or comet will
E. astronomers have developed a scale that rates the
likelihood of a particular asteroid or comet that may.

I'm with the D boys...
A and B are obvious elimination because "a scale" cannot "response to public fascination". It is the astronomers. Incorrect comparison in both A and B.
In C, "will be to" is super awkward.

Between D and E, hanumayamma mentioned that D changes the meaning of the sentence from uncertain to certain, and I disagree. From many GMAT problems I did, I feel that the intended meaning wins over change in meaning (someone please and I mean please confirm this!!!).

This problem, however, is about the usage of "likelihood". You determine that the likelihood of something "will", not "may".
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28 Apr 2008, 19:24
I think it should be E : The idiom is likelihood of . Likelihood that sounds incorrect. Whats the OA
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30 Apr 2008, 05:34
The use of "may" in E is preferable to the use of "will" (which connotes certainty). Hence E.
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30 Apr 2008, 10:28
guys OA says C.
Can anyone prove / disprove ?
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30 Apr 2008, 13:04
Wow, I would have said E, but not C at all....

Where is this question from?
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30 Apr 2008, 13:16
E for me. Seriously cannot take C , it is way too ugly..

astronomers have developed a scale to rate how likely
a particular asteroid or comet will be to -> Will be to is awkward.
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30 Apr 2008, 14:20
i actually picked C. In D , I didnt like the use of the phrase 'for rating the likelihood' ... cant quite explain it, it just didnt sound right
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02 May 2008, 19:38
I Picked D over E for the same reason that Likelihood and may are redundant...

you always cannot eliminate a sentence because it has will...

you don't say - what is the likelihood that you may go to school

I still dont see how C can be the answer.
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