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# Many psychologists and sociologists now contend that the

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02 May 2008, 18:49
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500.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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02 May 2008, 19:18
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500.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

It should be "increases" and not "increase" (you would say "....brutal aggression increases....") so that eliminates A, B, and C.

Between D & E, I choose E. "likelihood that" sounds correct in this instance.

E.
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19 Apr 2010, 14:09
S-V agreement confirms 'increases' and cancels out other otptions. Between D and E, likelyhood that looks correct.
So, E should be correct. What is the OA?
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20 Apr 2010, 08:19
Many psychologists and sociologists contend that the...aggression....increases...the likelihood that......

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 - "aggression" is singular and needs singular verb "increases"
(B) increase the likelihood that there will be an eruption of imitative violence - "aggression" is singular and needs singular verb "increases"
(C) increase the likelihood of imitative violence erupting - "aggression" is singular and needs singular verb "increases"
(D) increases the likelihood for imitative violence to erupt - "likelihood for" does not sound correct
(E) increases the likelihood that imitative violence will erupt - correct
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14 Dec 2010, 10:39
I was apprehensive about E because of the simultaneous occurrence of "likelihood" and "will" . One signifies probability and the other signifies certainty. I am not sure about the "idiom" part though I also feel that "likelihood that" seems much better
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14 Dec 2010, 11:41
I was torn between D and E.
I think the answer is E.
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14 Dec 2010, 12:06
I also came down to D & E.

I choose E

Increases....likelihood that--sounds better than D
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31 Dec 2010, 10:20
between D & E. i went with E. likelihood that sounds better
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18 Jul 2011, 08:37
I go with E.."likelyhood that" sounds better than "likelyhood for"
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28 Oct 2012, 07:00
I still don't understand why D is wrong????
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26 Feb 2013, 07:18
Is 'likelyhood for' a wrong idiom?
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14 May 2014, 12:12
easiest way to crack this : "likelihood that" is idiom so options remains B and E

Option e will be easier to choose
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22 Jul 2017, 05:41
(D) increases the likelihood for imitative violence to erupt

likelihood for is wrong. The correct usage here is likelihood OF.
A mistake in the usage of prepositional phrase
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