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Although Ms. Bakara had previously emphasized that she could not speak for other Black people, she ventured to do so on this one occasion because she firmly believed that many minority people, likely most, would agree with her.
(A) do so on this one occasion because she firmly believed that many minority people, likely most, would agree
(B) speak on this one occasion since she firmly believed that many minority people, likely most, would have agreed
(C) so speak on this one occasion due to her firmly believing that many minority people, even most, would likely agree
(D) do so on this one occasion because she firmly believed that many minority people, if not most, would agree
(E) do so on this one occasion since she firmly believed many minority people, and even most, would likely agree
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26 Jan 2005, 05:26
will go with (D)

Currently at work, so will post explaination in a while.
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26 Jan 2005, 06:01
Eliminate B and C with POE.
Then remaining are A D and E. I would eliminate A and E.

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26 Jan 2005, 06:09
I am stuck between (A) and (D) ....but let me go with (D) for obvious reasons
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26 Jan 2005, 06:11
I eliminated A because of "likely most" ( I thought its weird).

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26 Jan 2005, 08:38
(D)
"many, if not most" is idiomatic usage, I believe.
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26 Jan 2005, 11:44
OA is (D)

I chose (D) b/c of "if not most" is better than "likely most"
However, what is wrong with "likely most", talking about grammatical issue?
How can I know "likely most" is unidiomatic?
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26 Jan 2005, 11:50
qhoc0010 wrote:
OA is (D)

I chose (D) b/c of "if not most" is better than "likely most"
However, what is wrong with "likely most", talking about grammatical issue?
How can I know "likely most" is unidiomatic?

I think it has to do with redundancy. Most conveys the degree of uncertainty, we don't need to over emphasize the uncertainty by adding likely to it.
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27 Jan 2005, 13:25
I am not sure about "redundancy" here. "Most" conveys the "quantity" not "uncertainty" as you said.
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30 Jan 2005, 12:21
Sorry guys.... I have a doubt on this too...

Dont u think (D) conveys the reverse meaning.
for example say we have 100 persons.

(D) says like 10 persons, if not 90 persons, will agree..

However, original sentence wants to convey sth like... 10 persons, may be 90 persons, will agree..

I think (A) as best answer if we want the second meaning.
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21 Jun 2008, 20:41
jpv wrote:
Sorry guys.... I have a doubt on this too...

Dont u think (D) conveys the reverse meaning.
for example say we have 100 persons.

(D) says like 10 persons, if not 90 persons, will agree..

However, original sentence wants to convey sth like... 10 persons, may be 90 persons, will agree..

I think (A) as best answer if we want the second meaning.

Likely introduces a sense of uncertainty....and in this sentence carries the meaning of uncertainty when it comes to how many will agree....so a better way of saying it would be if not....gives the same sense of uncertainty...

If not all is better than likely all when it comes to better usage ....and moreover the adverb likely just as hopefully can be ambiguous at times...better avoid it if you have another choice..
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21 Jun 2008, 20:47
I was confused between A and D, and thought that many.... "if not most" doesnt make sense.

many ..if not all would have made sense.

But as D is the official answer, will have to believe the likely most is unidiomatic.
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22 Jun 2008, 00:44
I had picked A. And I am no clue when a option is wrong and the reason is "its not idiomatic".
But if we could have a grammatical explanation for having it wrong , it helps to build concepts.

After I got A and OA was D, I googled for reason. I found one explanation in this forum itself.
I think the explanation is superb.

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Likely most is wrong usage. It should be MOST LIKELY. LIKELY is an adverb, which can only be modified by an adverb.

So now, this means
likely ( adverb ) most ( pronoun ) => WRONG

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/most
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22 Jun 2008, 02:52
qhoc0010 wrote:
Although Ms. Bakara had previously emphasized that she could not speak for other Black people, she ventured to do so on this one occasion because she firmly believed that many minority people, likely most, would agree with her.
(A) do so on this one occasion because she firmly believed that many minority people, likely most, would agree
(B) speak on this one occasion since she firmly believed that many minority people, likely most, would have agreed
(C) so speak on this one occasion due to her firmly believing that many minority people, even most, would likely agree
(D) do so on this one occasion because she firmly believed that many minority people, if not most, would agree
(E) do so on this one occasion since she firmly believed many minority people, and even most, would likely agree

Option D .....
'do so ' correct idiom ...Would agree indicates future tense...
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