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I'm confused with the infinitive in letter C "scale to rate..." and the for+verb-ing "scale for rating..." in letter D. Can someone tell if in this situation both are correct?

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I'm confused with the infinitive in letter C "scale to rate..." and the for+verb-ing "scale for rating..." in letter D. Can someone tell if in this situation both are correct?


Good question. Did you read the whole post? I found some explanation for you (already posted by some Manhattan Tutor).

Look at answer choice 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".

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I'm confused with the infinitive in letter C "scale to rate..." and the for+verb-ing "scale for rating..." in letter D. Can someone tell if in this situation both are correct?


Good question. Did you read the whole post? I found some explanation for you (already posted by some Manhattan Tutor).

Look at answer choice 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".

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Thanks for the reply. I'm affraid that I wasn't specific enough. I actually wanted to apply the concepts described in this article: to-verb-vs-for-verb-ing-144017.html to this question. I know that this is not necessary to answer the question, but after trying the question, I like to study every other aspects of the answer choices. I think this approach might be useful when trying other questions.

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Thanks for the reply. I'm affraid that I wasn't specific enough. I actually wanted to apply the concepts described in this article: to-verb-vs-for-verb-ing-144017.html to this question. I know that this is not necessary to answer the question, but after trying the question, I like to study every other aspects of the answer choices. I think this approach might be useful when trying other questions.


Ok, let's try to split it up. Here is the question stem again:

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
According to your article comparing "to be" vs. "verb-ing" this sentence would be correct. Because the intended meaning was "Astronomers have developed a scale (in order) to rate how likely..."
So the purpose of developing a scale was to rate the likelihood (course of action). Does this make sense to you too?

D. astronomers have developed a scale for rating the likelihood that a particular asteroid or comet will
I think this example does not really fit into the article you shared. Here you have a smiple noun "rating" in the context: The Astronomers have developed a scale for rating the likelihood...". So you have a "for + noun" construction which is not covered in in that way your article. Do not confuse it. Imho this is the same as "a shield for protection or a tv for entertainment = a scale for rating".

E. astronomers have developed a scale that rates the likelihood of a particular asteroid or comet that may
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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



"TO RATE" is not always the correct idiom. The reason is because a scale can mean different things. It can be a scale that you stand on TO WEIGH yourself or it can be a scale of 1-10 FOR judging the likelihood of........

A) Does a scale respond? NOPE. Also, the likelihood it "may" is redundant. Instead of a double negative it's like a double uncertainty since likelihood is similar to saying that something MAY happen.
B) Same as A but without the redundancy problem.
C) To rate "how likely"? I think this is not clear since in this context, likely could be misunderstood to mean, "suitably" instead of likelihood.
D) Correct
E) Scale that rates? Also, "likelihood" already basically contains the word MAY in it so that's redundant.


I hope I cleared some stuff up cause I saw a lot of incorrect answers posted.

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Who "responding to the public's....", of course astonomers can do it, a scale cannot.
Who rates the likelihood ? Do the astrononers develop the scale, and the scale will rate the likelihood that... for them. No, they will use the scale they developed to rate ....; "May" is also a problem of redundancy
Now just C and D stay with us. Now the very subtle mistake is that "will + probably" and "am/is/are + likely to". That's the point.

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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


A and B - wrong. Astronomers are modified.
C - to collide. awkward and incorrect
E likelihood and may - redundant

D - correct

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Does anyone know why D reads as "astronomers have developed a scale for rating the likelihood that a particular asteroid or comet will" and not "astronomers have developed a scale for rating the likelihood that a particular asteroid or comet would" - since the situation is hypothetical?

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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



C. astronomers have developed a scale to rate how likely a particular asteroid or comet will be to - 'will be to' sounds wrong, but not sure exactly what i wrong with it (please explain) - so went with option C
D. astronomers have developed a scale for rating the likelihood that a particular asteroid or comet will - isn't usage of 'that' incorrect here. I think Likelihood of is better.

Can some expert please throw some light on this? Thanks.!

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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


why e is wrong.
likelyhood + noun and
likelyhood + that clause

are both correct.
however, only some noun , not all noun , can be used after likelhood, depending on meaning of the noun. we do not need to read further grammar in grammar book to know this point, we need only to focus on meaning , using our common sense of this world to know the noun used after likelyhood. this point is rarely explained fully and so, is hard for us

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is correct
likelyhood of you
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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 non underlined portion must modify astronomers
B. a scale that astronomers have developed rates how likely it is for a particular asteroid or comet to non underlined portion must modify astronomers
C. astronomers have developed a scale to rate how likely a particular asteroid or comet will be to 'to rate how likely a particular asteroid or comet will be to'- too wordy. IMO it also implies that asteroids intentionally collide with earth, and scientists are figuring out that likelihood.
D. astronomers have developed a scale for rating the likelihood that a particular asteroid or comet will correct answer
E. astronomers have developed a scale that rates the likelihood of a particular asteroid or comet that may Possibility and may are redundant


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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.

Responding to the public’s fascination -- should modify astronomers

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

intended meaning : how likely it is now that an asteriod will strike earth.

how likely a particular asteroid or comet => this sentence should be in present.
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 [b]may[/b] : - I am not sure if Likelihood of a particular asteroid is correct.

TommyWallach : Pl help for E.

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who is responding ?, the astronomers , so A and B is out ,
from C, D, AND E - will be (passive) is wrong ,so C is out
out of D & E , D carries a redundant "may"
Thus E is the correct ans.

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I think its option D, coz in E
E. Astronomers have developed a scale that rates the likelyhood of a particular....
How can a scale rate itself, that refers to the scale, so it seems that the scale can rate itself, so i think in option D there's no redundancy and logic, meaning is also fine.

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Thanks for pointing out that Idiom here..Helps... 8-)

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Will go for E.. "likelihood of" is idiomatic not "likelihood that" . Hence D is not correct.

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Hi experts....
Is it c or d? should I trust the oa?I saw the oa as c in some other sources...it's a very good question. Pls make sure the oa is correct

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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 --> it is how likely something is to happen; the likelihood should exist now not in the future, so will is not quite right imo
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 --> it is the likelihood of something happening not the likelihood of an object, similar to C
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Its D
First phrase leads to astronomers, hence A & B are out
C - awkward
D - correct
E- Use of likelihood & May together is redundant

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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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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