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The Brexit negotiations are faltering and the UK government's

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The Brexit negotiations are faltering and the UK government's hopes to opening talks on a future trade deal with the EU this autumn looks likely to be increasingly dashed, the EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has reported back to the bloc's member states.

A. hopes to opening talks on a future trade deal with the EU this autumn looks likely to be increasingly dashed
B. hopes of opening talks on a future trade deal with the EU looks increasingly likely to be dashed this autumn
C. hopes to open talks on a future trade deal with the EU this autumn look likely to be increasingly dashed
D. hopes of opening talks on a future trade deal this autumn with the EU look likely to be dashed increasingly
E. hopes of opening talks on a future trade deal with the EU this autumn look increasingly likely to be dashed

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The Brexit negotiations are faltering and the UK government's hopes to opening talks on a future trade deal with the EU this autumn looks likely to be increasingly dashed, the EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has reported back to the bloc's member states.

A. hopes to opening talks on a future trade deal with the EU this autumn looks likely to be increasingly dashed
B. hopes of opening talks on a future trade deal with the EU looks increasingly likely to be dashed this autumn
C. hopes to open talks on a future trade deal with the EU this autumn look likely to be increasingly dashed
D. hopes of opening talks on a future trade deal this autumn with the EU look likely to be dashed increasingly
E. hopes of opening talks on a future trade deal with the EU this autumn look increasingly likely to be dashed


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A. hopes to opening talks on a future trade deal with the EU this autumn looks likely to be increasingly dashed --> S-V agreement error
B. hopes of opening talks on a future trade deal with the EU looks increasingly likely to be dashed this autumn
C. hopes to open talks on a future trade deal with the EU this autumn look likely to be increasingly dashed
D. hopes of opening talks on a future trade deal this autumn with the EU look likely to be dashed increasingly
E. hopes of opening talks on a future trade deal with the EU this autumn look increasingly likely to be dashed
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aragonn wrote:
The Brexit negotiations are faltering and the UK government's hopes to opening talks on a future trade deal with the EU this autumn looks likely to be increasingly dashed, the EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has reported back to the bloc's member states.

A. hopes to opening talks on a future trade deal with the EU this autumn looks likely to be increasingly dashed
B. hopes of opening talks on a future trade deal with the EU looks increasingly likely to be dashed this autumn
C. hopes to open talks on a future trade deal with the EU this autumn look likely to be increasingly dashed
D. hopes of opening talks on a future trade deal this autumn with the EU look likely to be dashed increasingly
E. hopes of opening talks on a future trade deal with the EU this autumn look increasingly likely to be dashed


IMO E.

Split 1: hopes to/hopes of
'hopes of opening' is better choice here and idiomatically correct (correct me if I'm wrong), so A and C are out.

B is wrong because of SV error. Between D and E, D is wrong because of misplaced modifier 'increasingly', the correct sentence should convey the meaning that the probability of getting dashed is increasing as mentioned in option E, 'increasingly likely...' (this also can be used to eliminate answer choice C).
Hence by POE, E is the correct answer.
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If correct usage is confusing between hopes of or hopes to - I think there is another way to look at it:

For C, how can things be dashed or increasingly dashed? Isn't the intended meaning is the increase in the likelihood of being dashed. Increasingly should describe the likelihood or "likely"

Therefore E. hopes of opening talks on a future trade deal with the EU this autumn look increasingly likely to be dashed
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Meaning of the sentence: EU's chief negotiator has reported that Brexit negotiations are faltering, and the UK government's hopes to talk to EU this autumn about a future trade deal are likely to be dashed.

The plural noun hopes requires the plural verb look for the sentence to have an agreement between the subject and the verb. The modifiers this autumn and increasingly should be placed appropriately for the sentence's meaning to come through. The modifier this autumn should modify talks with EU. Similarly, increasingly should modify likely.
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The Brexit negotiations are faltering and the UK government's hopes to opening talks on a future trade deal with the EU this autumn looks likely to be increasingly dashed, the EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has reported back to the bloc's member states.

A. hopes to opening talks on a future trade deal with the EU this autumn looks likely to be increasingly dashed
B. hopes of opening talks on a future trade deal with the EU looks increasingly likely to be dashed this autumn
C. hopes to open talks on a future trade deal with the EU this autumn look likely to be increasingly dashed
D. hopes of opening talks on a future trade deal this autumn with the EU look likely to be dashed increasingly
E. hopes of opening talks on a future trade deal with the EU this autumn look increasingly likely to be dashed
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