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Along with the drop in producer prices announced yesterday, the strong retail sales figures released today seem like it is indicative that the economy, although growing slowly, is not nearing a recession.

(A) like it is indicative that
(B) as if to indicate
(C) to indicate that
(D) indicative of
(E) like an indication of
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Re: .Along with the drop in producer prices announced yesterday, [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2013, 00:37
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mun23 wrote:
Along with the drop in producer prices announced yesterday, the strong retail sales figures released today seem like it is indicative that the economy, although growing slowly, is not nearing a recession.

(A) like it is indicative that
(B) as if to indicate
(C) to indicate that
(D) indicative of
(E) like an indication of


I picked (C). Can anyone help me in explaining me whats wrong with (B) & (D)?

Dear Mun,

I'm happy to help with this. :-)

Here's a blog post I wrote on this very topic:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/active-verbs-on-the-gmat/

You see, first of all, grammar is only one of the considerations on the SC. Both (B) & (D) are grammatically correct. The problem with them ---- they are clunky, wordy, indirect, weak. By contrast, (C) is sleek, powerful, and direct. This questions falls under a rubric known as "Rhetorical Construction" --- this is actually one of the most tested topics on the GMAT SC. Even if an answer choice is grammatically correct, in order to be correct on the sentence correction, it must be clear, concise, direct, and powerful.

One of biggest hints for achieving this --- whenever you have a split between the noun & verb & adjective of the same verb (as we have in this question), choose the verb. Writing a word in its verb form instead of in its noun or adjective form almost always makes the sentence more concise and more direct.

Does all this make sense?

Mike :-)


Read discussion on Magoosh site. I am a non native speaker failed to comprehend the Idea.

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Re: Along with the drop in producer prices announced yesterday, [#permalink] New post 15 Mar 2014, 01:06
ywilfred wrote:
Along with the drop in producer prices announced yesterday, the strong retail sales figures released today seem like it is indicative that the economy, although growing slowly, is not nearing a recession.

(A) like it is indicative that
(B) as if to indicate
(C) to indicate that
(D) indicative of
(E) like an indication of



Hi,
Can someone please explain the usage of although here in non-underlined part.
As far as I know although should be followed by a clause .
What is the function of the modifier "although growing slowly" in grammatical terms.
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Re: Along with the drop in producer prices announced yesterday, [#permalink] New post 15 Mar 2014, 10:22
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ywilfred wrote:
Along with the drop in producer prices announced yesterday, the strong retail sales figures released today seem like it is indicative that the economy, although growing slowly, is not nearing a recession.

(A) like it is indicative that
(B) as if to indicate
(C) to indicate that
(D) indicative of
(E) like an indication of



Hi,
Can someone please explain the usage of although here in non-underlined part.
As far as I know although should be followed by a clause .
What is the function of the modifier "although growing slowly" in grammatical terms.


Dear Abid,

Thank you for posting your question here.

This is a case of ellipsis, and you can find it discussed in our concept file on the use of "as". Ellipsis refers to the omission of words that are already implied by the context of the sentence. Sometimes, such words can be left out to make the sentence more concise. You are correct that "although" should be followed by a clause, but when ellipsis is applied, the subject and the verb of the clause can be left out when it's already clear what they are.

So, the clause here is "although it is growing slowly". It is already obvious from the context of the sentence that the economy is growing slowly. So, "it is" can be dropped without affecting the meaning of the sentence.

Here are a couple more examples:

Although small, my house meets my needs. (Meaning: Although my house is small, it meets my needs.)
The project, although vast, needs to be completed by the end of the week. (Meaning: Although the project is vast, it needs to be completed by the end of the week.)

I hope this helps to clarify your doubt!

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