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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
Incorrect: "That" modifies overtime, when really "overtime" isn't what causes the error, its the act of working excessive overtime that causes it. It's a little tricky, but the modifier should be modifying the entire clause rather than just the noun. In other news, "potential for" is not the correct idiom.

(B) overtime that has the potential to cause
Incorrect: Proper idiom usage, but again "that" modifies" overtime," which is incorrect

(C) overtime that potentially can cause
Incorrect: Again wrong modifier usage

(D) overtime, a practice that has the potential for causing
Incorrect: "Potential for" is not the correct idiom

(E) overtime, a practice that can, potentially, cause
Correct: Not a great answer because the "potentially" part seems redundant, but it's the best answer


so 'that' indicates only 'overtime' which is wrong in this case..my question is, why after the comma 'a practice' indicates 'an excessive amount of overtime' not only 'overtime' ?
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Whats the OA?

I still am not following E. Why are there so many commas ?
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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


Why there are so many commas in E. Does placing can before potentially changes the meaning?
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Here is my thought for this.

Overtime by itself does not have potential to cause any damage. It should be used as a adverb to the verb cause. So A, B, D are straight out.

Left with C and E, again, overtime itself does not have potential, we must use a appositive modifier (a practice) so E is correct answer.

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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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In E can and potentially are redundant, though it sounds unidiomatic, I will go with B
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farukqmul wrote:
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



Will go with E ...

A,B,C is indicating overtime itself is causing some thing ...
Between D and E ..E is best ..
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