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Re: threats from asteroids [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2010, 02:10
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I got asked to take this one on by private message, so here I am! This one has me a bit confused. I don't see how the OA can be C. Where is this question from?

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
PROBLEM: "Responding to..." is a participial phrase modifying a noun, so the noun has to come right after the comma. The astronomers responded, not the scale.

B. a scale that astronomers have developed rates how likely it is for a particular asteroid or comet to
PROBLEM: Same as above.

C. astronomers have developed a scale to rate how likely a particular asteroid or comet will be to
PROBLEM: You can't say "likely...will be to". It's gibberish. Your ear would recognize that if there weren't all those words in between, confusing things. Try a short example. You should always be able to replace "likely" with "probably".
My program determines how likely you will be to love me.
My program determines how probably you will be to love me...MAKES NO SENSE!
E. astronomers have developed a scale that rates the likelihood of a particular asteroid or comet that may
PROBLEM: You can't have a likelihood of something that may happen. It's the likelihood that something WILL happen.

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Hi Tommy ,you said that one should always be able to replace likely with probably.
But if you consider the following sentence ,the above does not hold true
Courtesy :http://www.yourdictionary.com/examples/likely
He is likely to win the contest
He is probably to win the contest
Also you said
PROBLEM: You can't have a likelihood of something that may happen. It's the likelihood that something WILL happen.
But if you consider the following sentence you will find a few examples where the above does not hold true.
http://www.yourdictionary.com/examples/likelihood
Do search results lead to a likelihood of confusion?
The report notes that recent research has found that programs for offenders with drinking problems can reduce the likelihood of re-offending.
The likelihood of this happening outside three kilometer protection zones is very low.
The output of the risk analysis is an assessment of the likelihood of occurrence for each possible outcome.

Please explain .This is getting murkier
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Hey Munda,

First point. There are a few ways to use the word "likely", (one as a fill in for "probably": He is likely going to eat the chicken; one as a fill in for "probably going to": He is likely to eat the chicken; and one a fill-in for simply "probable": "It is likely."), but the sentence above uses it incorrectly in all senses. You can't talk about "how likely X will be to happen." You say "X is likely to happen." Or "Let's see how likely X is to happen." Not WILL BE.

Second point. None of your examples go against what I said. You can't have a likelihood of something THAT MAY HAPPEN. That's how it's put in answer choice E, "the likelihood of X that may happen."

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Re: threats from asteroids [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2010, 10:53
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Hey Munda,

First point. There are a few ways to use the word "likely", (one as a fill in for "probably": He is likely going to eat the chicken; one as a fill in for "probably going to": He is likely to eat the chicken; and one a fill-in for simply "probable": "It is likely."), but the sentence above uses it incorrectly in all senses. You can't talk about "how likely X will be to happen." You say "X is likely to happen." Or "Let's see how likely X is to happen." Not WILL BE.

Second point. None of your examples go against what I said. You can't have a likelihood of something THAT MAY HAPPEN. That's how it's put in answer choice E, "the likelihood of X that may happen."

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Hi tommy so what u mean is that
1) First point "will be " should be avoided
2)Second point "that may" is to avoided
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Re: Responding to the publics fascination with-and sometimes [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2013, 06:01
A and B both say that the scale responds to the public's fascination. Incorrect.
E. Using 'likelihood' and 'may' in the same sentence is redundant. Incorrect. Use 'the likelihood that something will happen', or 'the likelihood of something happening' instead.

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Re: Responding to the publics fascination with-and sometimes [#permalink] New post 20 Oct 2013, 12:07
OA is D. This question is from GMATPrep Test Pack 1.
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Re: Responding to the publics fascination with-and sometimes [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2013, 22:40
This is from the Official GMAT Exam pack 1. The OA is 'D'. 'likelihood that x will do something'. Not 'likelihood of a comet (that may collide). It's not about the likelihood of comet. I think C is wrong because it should be 'to rate / for rating how likely x will do something'. Not 'how likely x will be to do something'.

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Re: threats from asteroids [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2013, 13:42
aknine wrote:
I agree with D

Responding to the public’s fascination with-and sometimes undue alarm over-possible threats from asteroids, astronomers have developed a scale for rating the likelihood that a particular asteroid or comet will collide with Earth.


C is the clear winner here.
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