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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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Hey All,

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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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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21 Jun 2008, 09:45
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goalsnr wrote:
Responding to the public’s fascination with-and sometimes
undue alarm over-possible threats from asteroids,[
u] a scale
developed by astronomers rates the likelihood that a particular
asteroid or comet may[/u] 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.

modifying clause in red must modify "astronomers" - eliminate A & B.
likelihood...may.. in E is incorrect - "may" is redundant.
in C - "will be to" is awkward.
IMO (d) is correct.
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22 Jun 2008, 07:31
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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.

OA is C

A,B -> out incorrect modifiers

What is the purpose of the scale?
- to report the probability of comet colliding with th earth
so "may " is incorrect usag here.

E -> out

" for rating " is undiomatic .
-> D is out

C wins
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IMO D

A and B are out. Who is responding to the public's fascination? The astronomers can, but a scale cannot respond to the public's fascination.
Responding to the public's fascination, astronomers ....
C) ... how likely will be to collide (incorrrect)
D) ..the likelihood that something will collide (correct)
E) ....the likelihood of something that may collide (awkward)
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22 Jun 2008, 01:36
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MY PICK WUD BE D

" MAY" IN E IS WRONG AND "WILL BE TO" DOESNT SEEM CORRECT
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12 Jan 2009, 10:27
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IMO B. likelyhood and may together are redundant.
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21 Jun 2008, 08:36
Between C and E, I choose C.

The "may" in E is redundant as we are using "likelihood". OA?
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22 Jun 2008, 01:54
I choose C.
May in E seems to be redundant.
D: For rating: usually wrong in GMAT.
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22 Jun 2008, 03:38
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.

Will go for Option E.
This a case of dangling modifier and hence A, B are incorrect.
Out of C,D and E is more concise.
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22 Jun 2008, 04:08
Will go for E.. "likelihood of" is idiomatic not "likelihood that" . Hence D is not correct.
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11 Jan 2009, 20:54
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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11 Jan 2009, 23:19
vivektripathi 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 & B- in passive voice
C & D - change meaning from "may" to "will"
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12 Jan 2009, 02:07
I go for C. Another possible answer would be D, but "for rating" is introducing an awkward "likelihood that"
vivektripathi 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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12 Jan 2009, 03:05
IMO D

likelihood......may wouldn't be redundant?
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12 Jan 2009, 08:36
The answer is E. (What is the OA?)

My explanation:
Using the 3/2 breakdown, we must first begin by determining who is "responding to the public", the astronomers or the scale. Clearly, it must be the astronomers. Eliminate A and B.

In C, "to rate how" is unidiomatic.

We are left with D and E. In D, "a scale for rating" is unidiomatic.

Therefore, IMO, the answer is E.
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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
>>>> 'a scale' does not 'Responding to the public's...', only astronomers will.
B. a scale that astronomers have developed rates how
likely it is for a particular asteroid or comet to
>>> Same error as A
C. astronomers have developed a scale to rate how likely
a particular asteroid or comet will be to
>>>>' to rate how likely' seems akward.
D. astronomers have developed a scale for rating the
likelihood that a particular asteroid or comet will
>>>>> Correct. the likelihood that something will happen.
E. astronomers have developed a scale that rates the
likelihood of a particular asteroid or comet that may.
>>>> likelihood 'of' a particular asteroid or comet that may is not correct since it means that 'scale rates the likelihood of a asteriod or comet' and not the likelihood that asteroid or comet may collide.
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13 Jan 2009, 20:45
Vivek...we would really appreciate if you post OA for the question.....please do not just post the question.
vivektripathi 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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vivektripathi 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.

I guess D too.

E has double possibilities - likelihood and may.
D correct that problem.
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