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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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25 Dec 2006, 22:13
D and E are the possible choices that maintain subject-verb agreement.

D- 'Likelihood for' is idiomatically incorrect.

E is my pick.
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25 Dec 2006, 22:40
That's correct, E it is

likelyhood that X will happen in future
likelyhood of X to happen today

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25 Dec 2006, 22:44
I don't like E because

Likelihood shows uncertainty, and WILL (in E) shows the definite event...

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25 Dec 2006, 22:48
u2lover wrote:
I don't like E because

Likelihood shows uncertainty, and WILL (in E) shows the definite event...

I tend to disagree. I dont think the 'will' indicates a definite event. Lets say for argument sake that it indicates a definite event. I still think that E is grammatically better than D.
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27 Dec 2006, 11:46
E.

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I don't like E because

Likelihood shows uncertainty, and WILL (in E) shows the definite event...

I actually think that is exactly why you have to use WILL vs. MAY (or some other uncertainty). You need a definite event (will) to indicate the POSSIBILITY of it occuring. This is because "likelihood" supplies the same amount of doubt that "may" would.
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28 Dec 2006, 10:46
I'd pick 'D' over 'E' on the G-Day I'm sure...

but then I am aware that 'likelihood of' is idiomatic not sure about 'likelihood for'.
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28 Dec 2006, 22:45
edit:

E

likelihood that.. is correct. remembered it as wrong.

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28 Dec 2006, 23:01
What is the OA? I think E is better, but I see that the majority has picked D.
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28 Dec 2006, 23:19
I've never come across the idiom : likelihood for ...

So I will go with E
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30 Dec 2006, 11:32
I agree with E. D: "increases the likelihood for violence to erupt" seems less natural than "increases the likelihood that violence will erupt."

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30 Dec 2006, 17:06
Likelihood that ----- is idiomatic. It is common to see sentence such as "In all likelihood that this will happen".
My choice is E.
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30 Dec 2006, 17:09
I was curious about OA, and found it discussed a few times on the board.

OA shown here is E

http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=17899
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