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1. 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

Please provide explaination for each . Thanks
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25 Jun 2007, 07:28
I pick D because the subject is the "deliberate and even brutal aggression integral" which is singular, eliminate A, B, C. E is wordier and unclear, that leaves D.
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25 Jun 2007, 07:55
Can anyone explain why E is better than D??

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25 Jun 2007, 13:09
can 'likelihood' be related to something that could happen in the future and thus will used a future tense 'will erupt'. In that case (E) looks like the right answer. Any other ideas?
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25 Jun 2007, 13:34
subject-verb agreement leaves us with D & E.

'likelihood for' is not idiomatic, which eliminates D.

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25 Jun 2007, 19:36
Are we trying to match the official answer? I think E is totally wrong for using "will". E means that this sort of behaviour doesn't happen in present but will definitely happen in the future. Totally absurd. I would rather use a wrong idiom that something that totally changes the meaning of the sentence.

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25 Jun 2007, 20:31
I find E hard to agree with. "that" is not the right qualifier IMHO.
D makes more sense. But official answer is E, hmmm...
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26 Jun 2007, 08:23
will erupt in E is not correct .
can we challenge OA by the way.. can anybody tell me if this q is taken from OG or it is form any other study guide ?
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26 Jun 2007, 09:21
go with anser E.

"will erupt" is the correct usage when compared to "to erupt"
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26 Jun 2007, 11:17
I think E is correct.
D says: increases the likelihood for imitative violence to erupt
Sounds as if imitative violence is itself doing the eruption.
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26 Jun 2007, 11:22
In case of E, on one hand its saying "likelihood", on the other its saying "will". Is it not contradictory ??
Had it been "may" it would have been better.

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26 Jun 2007, 11:24
One more thing : 'Likelihood that' is idiomatic...came to know after searching on this forum.
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26 Jun 2007, 12:02
Due to S-V agreement, we have only D and E.
In E, "will" have nothing wrong.
Yes, "may" or other present tenses are better but "will" isn't wrong.
On the other hand, in D, "liklelihood for" is not idiomatic.
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26 Jun 2007, 18:31
There is a wrong answer on one of the very first questions of SC1000. I refuse to use that thing. Can anyone find this question someplace else?
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26 Jun 2007, 18:44
i'm sorry for asking this question again, but can't help it. Can anybody tell me what the source of SC1000 is?
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