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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
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16 Dec 2009, 05:43
Subject-Verb agreement

Subject here is "aggression"

[strike]Correct answer is D i think.
It corrects the subject-verb and uses the correct idiom to erupt.[/strike]

On second thoughts, I think E should be the right answer. (likelyhood that violence will erupt) is a better construct.
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16 Dec 2009, 06:23
agression - increases
So, eliminate A, B, C

But confused with D or E .... likelihood for or that...

Can someone tell which is the right idiom or both r right and when to use what ???

OA and explanation ????
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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

I'll go with D.

Many psychologists and sociologists now contend | that the deliberate and even brutal aggression | yada.....yada.....yada..... | increases the likelihood for [something] to [happen]

the sentence tone sounds appealing to me!!! What's the OA?
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28 Dec 2009, 08:53
The answer is E, the subject is singular, so the correct answer can only be D or E, then likelihood for is an unidiomatic expression, therefore the correct answer is E
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28 Dec 2009, 20:55

likelihood is a chance of occurence of event, so it should be followed by future verb 'will' + verb.
This occurs in E.

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28 Dec 2009, 21:04
Can we have the OA please ???????????
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29 Dec 2009, 00:37
OA is E.

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