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04 Sep 2010, 03:10
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I got asked to take this one on by private message, so here I am! This one has me a bit confused. I don't see how the OA can be C. Where is this question from?

Responding to the public’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
PROBLEM: "Responding to..." is a participial phrase modifying a noun, so the noun has to come right after the comma. The astronomers responded, not the scale.

B. a scale that astronomers have developed rates how likely it is for a particular asteroid or comet to
PROBLEM: Same as above.

C. astronomers have developed a scale to rate how likely a particular asteroid or comet will be to
PROBLEM: You can't say "likely...will be to". It's gibberish. Your ear would recognize that if there weren't all those words in between, confusing things. Try a short example. You should always be able to replace "likely" with "probably".
My program determines how likely you will be to love me.
My program determines how probably you will be to love me...MAKES NO SENSE!
E. astronomers have developed a scale that rates the likelihood of a particular asteroid or comet that may
PROBLEM: You can't have a likelihood of something that may happen. It's the likelihood that something WILL happen.

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Hi Tommy ,you said that one should always be able to replace likely with probably.
But if you consider the following sentence ,the above does not hold true
Courtesy :http://www.yourdictionary.com/examples/likely
He is likely to win the contest
He is probably to win the contest
Also you said
PROBLEM: You can't have a likelihood of something that may happen. It's the likelihood that something WILL happen.
But if you consider the following sentence you will find a few examples where the above does not hold true.
http://www.yourdictionary.com/examples/likelihood
Do search results lead to a likelihood of confusion?
The report notes that recent research has found that programs for offenders with drinking problems can reduce the likelihood of re-offending.
The likelihood of this happening outside three kilometer protection zones is very low.
The output of the risk analysis is an assessment of the likelihood of occurrence for each possible outcome.

Please explain .This is getting murkier
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Hey Munda,

First point. There are a few ways to use the word "likely", (one as a fill in for "probably": He is likely going to eat the chicken; one as a fill in for "probably going to": He is likely to eat the chicken; and one a fill-in for simply "probable": "It is likely."), but the sentence above uses it incorrectly in all senses. You can't talk about "how likely X will be to happen." You say "X is likely to happen." Or "Let's see how likely X is to happen." Not WILL BE.

Second point. None of your examples go against what I said. You can't have a likelihood of something THAT MAY HAPPEN. That's how it's put in answer choice E, "the likelihood of X that may happen."

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04 Sep 2010, 11:53
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Hey Munda,

First point. There are a few ways to use the word "likely", (one as a fill in for "probably": He is likely going to eat the chicken; one as a fill in for "probably going to": He is likely to eat the chicken; and one a fill-in for simply "probable": "It is likely."), but the sentence above uses it incorrectly in all senses. You can't talk about "how likely X will be to happen." You say "X is likely to happen." Or "Let's see how likely X is to happen." Not WILL BE.

Second point. None of your examples go against what I said. You can't have a likelihood of something THAT MAY HAPPEN. That's how it's put in answer choice E, "the likelihood of X that may happen."

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Hi tommy so what u mean is that
1) First point "will be " should be avoided
2)Second point "that may" is to avoided
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20 Sep 2013, 07:01
A and B both say that the scale responds to the public's fascination. Incorrect.
E. Using 'likelihood' and 'may' in the same sentence is redundant. Incorrect. Use 'the likelihood that something will happen', or 'the likelihood of something happening' instead.

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20 Oct 2013, 13:07
OA is D. This question is from GMATPrep Test Pack 1.
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25 Oct 2013, 23:40
This is from the Official GMAT Exam pack 1. The OA is 'D'. 'likelihood that x will do something'. Not 'likelihood of a comet (that may collide). It's not about the likelihood of comet. I think C is wrong because it should be 'to rate / for rating how likely x will do something'. Not 'how likely x will be to do something'.

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30 Oct 2013, 14:42
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I agree with D

Responding to the public’s fascination with-and sometimes undue alarm over-possible threats from asteroids, astronomers have developed a scale for rating the likelihood that a particular asteroid or comet will collide with Earth.

C is the clear winner here.
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30 Jul 2014, 04:10
Responding to the public’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.

it will modify a noun-scientist ; further 'likelihood that' -idiom , took 30 second to answer it

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01 Aug 2014, 02:10
Thanks Tommy. This is the best explanation of the chaos in this question!

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E. astronomers have developed a scale that rates the likelihood of a particular asteroid or comet that may
PROBLEM: You can't have a likelihood of something that may happen. It's the likelihood that something WILL happen.

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Responding to the public’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

Hello People,

Got this one on GMAT prep and marked C as the answer.Between C and D, I chose C (To rate vs for Rating)

The reason is that astronomers developed the scale with the intention to rate the likelihood so D gets ruled out here.

C has a problem with construction will be to where as D does not have that....

In D, the option the phrase " for rating the likelihood" is prepositional phrase modifying the scale and hence can be a correct usage....This is only reason I could think of why D is correct...

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28 Sep 2014, 02:01
One problem i see with E is that likelihood is already mentioned and may is redundant.

D. scale for rating <is this right idiom. GMATPrep say yes.

I think GMAT has phased out idioms which gave natives unfair advantage. Take this with a grain of salt though.

goalsnr wrote:
Responding to the public’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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28 Sep 2014, 02:06
i crossed of C because of meaning.

C, scale + infinite is wrong, also, scale to rate how likely is awkward and wordy.

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Responding to the public’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

Hello People,

Got this one on GMAT prep and marked C as the answer.Between C and D, I chose C (To rate vs for Rating)

The reason is that astronomers developed the scale with the intention to rate the likelihood so D gets ruled out here.

C has a problem with construction will be to where as D does not have that....

In D, the option the phrase " for rating the likelihood" is prepositional phrase modifying the scale and hence can be a correct usage....This is only reason I could think of why D is correct...

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15 Jul 2015, 14:02
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I got asked to take this one on by private message, so here I am! This one has me a bit confused. I don't see how the OA can be C. Where is this question from?

Responding to the public’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
PROBLEM: "Responding to..." is a participial phrase modifying a noun, so the noun has to come right after the comma. The astronomers responded, not the scale.

B. a scale that astronomers have developed rates how likely it is for a particular asteroid or comet to
PROBLEM: Same as above.

C. astronomers have developed a scale to rate how likely a particular asteroid or comet will be to
PROBLEM: You can't say "likely...will be to". It's gibberish. Your ear would recognize that if there weren't all those words in between, confusing things. Try a short example. You should always be able to replace "likely" with "probably".

My program determines how likely you will be to love me.
My program determines how probably you will be to love me...MAKES NO SENSE!

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
PROBLEM: You can't have a likelihood of something that may happen. It's the likelihood that something WILL happen.

Hope that helps!

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I agree that in option C
You can't say "likely...will be to". It's clumsy. Your ear would recognize that if there weren't all those words in between, confusing things.

But in option D
D. astronomers have developed a scale for rating the likelihood that a particular asteroid or comet will
there are two problems according to me.
1. for rating usage is wrong here(since astronomers developed the scale to rate......this is intentional)
2. in "scale for rating the likelihood" is clumsy for me.

Kindly explain
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Responding to the public’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 >> Wrong modifier
B. a scale that astronomers have developed rates how likely it is for a particular asteroid or comet to >> Wrong modifier
C. astronomers have developed a scale to rate how likely a particular asteroid or comet will be to >> "to" is wrong
D. astronomers have developed a scale for rating the likelihood that a particular asteroid or comet will >>> correct choice
E. astronomers have developed a scale that rates the likelihood of a particular asteroid or comet that may >> likelihood and may can't be together
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30 Jul 2015, 02:53
If we want to express the purpose of some action,we use "to".Then how is the option C incorrect here.
Please do explain the difference between the usage of gerund and infinitive.
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03 Aug 2015, 14:16
OA is D.

The question is from GMAT PREP Exam Pack 1, Mock 3.
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Responding to the public’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

Astronomers respond the the public's fascination and not the scale that astronomers have developed. Hence A and B are incorrect.
"likelihood that something WILL happen" is incorrect. Hence C and E are incorrect.
D is correct.
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04 Oct 2015, 10:39
Hi daagh

Could you explain the difference between C and D in this SC question?

Personally I would have preferred C due to its short and concise style.

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08 Oct 2015, 01:51
Isn't rate for the correct idiom?
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08 Oct 2015, 02:01
Isn't rate of the correct idiom? for showing measure?
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