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# Despite inflation expectations, allocations to alternative

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Despite inflation expectations, allocations to alternative investments like private equity and hedge funds remain roughly constant even though allocations to commodities like gold and precious metals are a market cycle that reflects whether inflation is expected.

(A) Despite inflation expectations, allocations to alternative investments like private equity and hedge funds remain roughly constant even though allocations to commodities like gold and precious metals are a market cycle that reflects whether inflation is expected.
(B) Whether inflation is expected determines the market cycle of allocations to commodities such as gold and precious metals, whereas allocations to alternative investments like private equity and hedge funds remain roughly constant despite inflation.
(C) Allocations to commodities like gold and precious metals are a market cycle that reflects if inflation is expected, whereas alternative investments like private equity and hedge funds remain roughly constant despite inflation.
(D) The market cycle of allocations to commodities such as gold and precious metals reflects whether inflation is expected, whereas alternative investments such as private equity and hedge funds remain roughly constant despite inflation.
(E) The market cycle of allocations to commodities such as gold and precious metals reflects whether inflation is expected, whereas alternative investments like private equity and hedge funds remain roughly constant despite inflation.
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Despite inflation expectations, allocations to alternative investments like private equity and hedge funds remain roughly constant even though allocations to commodities like gold and precious metals are a market cycle that reflects whether inflation is expected.

(A) Despite inflation expectations, allocations to alternative investments like private equity and hedge funds remain roughly constant even though allocations to commodities like gold and precious metals are a market cycle that reflects whether inflation is expected.
Like cant be used for examples , and the option is wordy as well

(B) Whether inflation is expected determines the market cycle of allocations to commodities such as gold and precious metals, whereas allocations to alternative investments like private equity and hedge funds remain roughly constant despite inflation.
"Whether inflation is expected" is wordy.

(C) Allocations to commodities like gold and precious metals are a market cycle that reflects if inflation is expected, whereas alternative investments like private equity and hedge funds remain roughly constant despite inflation.
Like can't be used for examples

(D) The market cycle of allocations to commodities such as gold and precious metals reflects whether inflation is expected, whereas alternative investments such as private equity and hedge funds remain roughly constant despite inflation.
[b]Correct option[/b]

(E) The market cycle of allocations to commodities such as gold and precious metals reflects whether inflation is expected, whereas alternative investments like private equity and hedge funds remain roughly constant despite inflation.
Like can't be used for examples

Hence D is the correct answer
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08 Jan 2013, 03:39
A-C make no sense.
D uses "such as" correct.
E uses "like" wrong.

Therfore the correct answer is D.
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17 Oct 2013, 02:15
i choose answer choice D on the basis of the correct usage of SUCH AS however when I tried to compare the meaning of all the options with that of the original sentence I could not choose the correct answer choice.
Can anyone help me on this?
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PraPon wrote:
Despite inflation expectations, allocations to alternative investments like private equity and hedge funds remain roughly constant even though allocations to commodities like gold and precious metals are a market cycle that reflects whether inflation is expected.

(A) Despite inflation expectations, allocations to alternative investments like private equity and hedge funds remain roughly constant even though allocations to commodities like gold and precious metals are a market cycle that reflects whether inflation is expected.
Like cant be used for examples , and the option is wordy as well

(B) Whether inflation is expected determines the market cycle of allocations to commodities such as gold and precious metals, whereas allocations to alternative investments like private equity and hedge funds remain roughly constant despite inflation.
"Whether inflation is expected" is wordy.

(C) Allocations to commodities like gold and precious metals are a market cycle that reflects if inflation is expected, whereas alternative investments like private equity and hedge funds remain roughly constant despite inflation.
Like can't be used for examples

(D) The market cycle of allocations to commodities such as gold and precious metals reflects whether inflation is expected, whereas alternative investments such as private equity and hedge funds remain roughly constant despite inflation.
[b]Correct option[/b]

(E) The market cycle of allocations to commodities such as gold and precious metals reflects whether inflation is expected, whereas alternative investments like private equity and hedge funds remain roughly constant despite inflation.
Like can't be used for examples

Hence D is the correct answer
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(D) The market cycle of allocations to commodities such as gold and precious metals reflects whether inflation is expected, whereas alternative investments such as private equity and hedge funds remain roughly constant despite inflation.
Correct option

I understand the usage of like vs such as in this question but it seems to me that there is another error in this sentence.
"The allocations of commodities ....... reflects" - this does not seem to match the subject-verb aggrement in this case.
Allocations of commodities seems plural and we have reflects which again is plural.

Can someone please throw some light on this.
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Certainly. The subject phrase begins with "The market cycle of...", which is singular, because 'cycle' is singular ('market' functions here as an adjective - 'what kind of cycle?' - the market cycle'). The structure of the subject phrase here is "the x of y to z", which is just a variation of an 'x of y' subject. The number of an 'x of y' subject is always determined by the x. Thus:

Correct: The marketplace of ideas is thriving.
Incorrect: The marketplace of ideas are thriving.

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(D) The market cycle of allocations to commodities such as gold and precious metals reflects whether inflation is expected, whereas alternative investments such as private equity and hedge funds remain roughly constant despite inflation.
Correct option

I understand the usage of like vs such as in this question but it seems to me that there is another error in this sentence.
"The allocations of commodities ....... reflects" - this does not seem to match the subject-verb aggrement in this case.
Allocations of commodities seems plural and we have reflects which again is plural.

Can someone please throw some light on this.

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24 Oct 2013, 23:58
Thanks Ilana , i understand this now
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