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Many psychologists and sociologists now contend that the

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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

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11 Jul 2005, 06:21
Go with D

Subject is singular.

A,B,C are out.

In E second that has no reference. Neither it is starting a restrictive clause, nor it is referring to any noun. It is not even indicating an advisial/suggestive mood.

I am not sure the correct idiom is "likelihood for" or "likelihood of".

But I will stick with D.

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11 Jul 2005, 12:34
I initially chose D, as I thought that the subject is singular, but likelihood for is not the right idiom

I took a second look, at the SC, and I was wondering if the subject is "forms of competitive sports". If so, then the answer is C.

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11 Jul 2005, 14:29
No, the subject is "the deliberate and even brutal aggression".

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11 Jul 2005, 19:21
E seems to indicate that the violance will (for sure) erupt. and moreover the combination of likelihood and will just are not going together.

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12 Jul 2005, 21:40
OA is E.

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14 Oct 2006, 22:14
Can someone explain the difference between D and E?
the OA is E, but I am not really sure why...

Help!

Thanks!

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14 Oct 2006, 22:30
E seems to be the best.

contend does not use subjunctive mode. so A B C are out.

and E is better than D.

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15 Oct 2006, 03:30
I picked D too.

But after seeing the OA, I realized that D says it is the likelihood that erupts. So, E is the answer.

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15 Oct 2006, 08:12
died4me wrote:
Can someone explain the difference between D and E?
the OA is E, but I am not really sure why...

Help!

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"Agression" takes the singular S-V. ...deliberate and even brutal...describe the same subject of the sentence.

"Likelihood that~" is idiomatic

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15 Oct 2006, 21:46
E.
A, B and C out because of the usage of "increase" instead of "increases" for the singular "aggression".

D - "likelihood for violence to erupt" seems incorrect, but I could be wrong.

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15 Oct 2006, 22:54
HIMALAYA 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

increases since aggression is singular ....likelihood for seems to be better than likelihood that ( though i'm not fully sure)...but i'd pick D among D&E...

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