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# Responding to the public s fascination with-and sometimes

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Responding to the publicâ€™s fascination with-and sometimes
undue alarm over-possible threats from asteroids, a scale
developed by astronomers rates the likelihood that a particular
asteroid or comet may
collide with Earth.

A. a scale developed by astronomers rates the likelihood
that a particular asteroid or comet may
B. a scale that astronomers have developed rates how
likely it is for a particular asteroid or comet to
C. astronomers have developed a scale to rate how likely
a particular asteroid or comet will be to
D. astronomers have developed a scale for rating the
likelihood that a particular asteroid or comet will
E. astronomers have developed a scale that rates the
likelihood of a particular asteroid or comet that may.
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12 May 2006, 20:20
Going with E.
Can somebody explain the difference in usage of 'will' and 'may'.
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12 May 2006, 21:57
D it is.

E is out , since scale doesn't rate anything , rather it is used for rating.
Moreover, we want to rate the likehood of a collision, not likehood of an asteroid as E states.
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12 May 2006, 23:42
D it is...

However,
I have a question -

Is 'the likelihood that' a correct idiom.
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12 May 2006, 23:51
Substitute it with chance and see what happens.
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27 Jun 2006, 00:03
Will go with D.

Likelihood is required.
And with likelihood we need a specific case hence "will" is required
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27 Jun 2006, 22:15
A and E are out as likelihood and may are redundant.

Now Among B,C and D.

C sound awkward.

Caught between B and D.

D says scale rates likelihood. Is that right?

I will go with B. But not very confident
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27 Jun 2006, 22:26
gmatornot wrote:
Going with D here...

Intially chose E , but shoould be D
the scale for rating .. is correct
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27 Jun 2006, 22:35
freshlily wrote:
Responding to the publicâ€™s fascination with-and sometimes
undue alarm over-possible threats from asteroids, a scale
developed by astronomers rates the likelihood that a particular
asteroid or comet may
collide with Earth.

A. a scale developed by astronomers rates the likelihood
that a particular asteroid or comet may
B. a scale that astronomers have developed rates how
likely it is for a particular asteroid or comet to
C. astronomers have developed a scale to rate how likely
a particular asteroid or comet will be to
D. astronomers have developed a scale for rating the
likelihood that a particular asteroid or comet will
E. astronomers have developed a scale that rates the
likelihood of a particular asteroid or comet that may.

D

I was confused between D and E, but E looks weird, because 'likelihood' and 'may' were used at the same time.
before, I thought expressions like 'for ~ing' are rarely used as a gmat answer.
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27 Jun 2006, 22:54
[quote="kedarthumma"]A and E are out as likelihood and may are redundant.

Now Among B,C and D.

C sound awkward.

Caught between B and D.

D says scale rates likelihood. Is that right?

I will go with B. But not very confident[/quote]

It is D. In choice B the expression 'how likely it is' does not seem right
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27 Jun 2006, 22:54
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