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Many psychologists and sociologists now contend that the deliberate and even brutal aggression inteÂ¬gral 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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26 Jul 2006, 01:29
Picking E.
Narrowed it down to C and E.
But we need a singular "increases".

Many psychologists and sociologists now contend that the deliberate and even brutal aggression integral to some forms of competitive athletics increases the likelihood that imitative violence will erupt among crowds of spectators dominated by young adult males.
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26 Jul 2006, 06:11
E

"deliberate and even brutal aggression" is singular because "deliberate and even brutal" is adjective for subject "aggression", which is singular.

Out of D and E, E seems better. I haven't heard of "likelihood for"
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26 Jul 2006, 07:33
It has to be between D and E.

Should be E - 'likelihood for' is also pretty commonly used, but not in the grammar sites
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26 Jul 2006, 07:46
Likelihood for
Likelihood of
Likelihood that

Are these idioms? Are they all correct? Is there a rule on how to use them?

I chose E because of logical verb tense, but have no idea about the "likelihood" part...

can someone explain? thanks
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26 Jul 2006, 09:18
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Many psychologists and sociologists now contend that the deliberate and even brutal aggression inteÂ¬gral 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

In our case our subject is brutal aggression that is singular so we need a s then we should look for increases A, B and C are out

D contain a preposition for while E contain a relative pronoun that that in our case is the subject of our subordinate clause then for correct parallelism and usage we need a subject for the second part of the sentence and in our case this is that, then the correct answear should be E
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26 Jul 2006, 09:37
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.

Needs "increases" due to SV agreement in blue..

"likelihood for" V/S "likelihood that"

Will go with E.

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26 Jul 2006, 22:15
Will go with E.
Agression is singular.Hence increases is required.
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26 Jul 2006, 23:41
OA is E
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02 Aug 2006, 01:15
(E) increases the likelihood that imitative violence will erupt

"will" is it right here ?? Seems wrong to me..

you increase the likelihood of something (that something may or may not happen) .. So, i feel usage of will is wrong here..

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19 Aug 2006, 04:45
Late, but (E).

Likelihood of/that~ are idiomatic constructions
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24 Aug 2006, 12:24
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

ps_dahiya wrote:
E

"deliberate and even brutal aggression" is singular because "deliberate and even brutal" is adjective for subject "aggression", which is singular.

Out of D and E, E seems better. I haven't heard of "likelihood for"

"will" is it right here ?? Seems wrong to me..
I have'nt seen any subjunctive form of contruction .. to have .."will".., is it right...

you increase the likelihood of something (that something may or may not happen) .. So, i feel usage of will is wrong here..
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