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# Retail sales rose 8/10 of 1 percent in August, intensifying

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02 Oct 2009, 10:59
For option D, OG explanation says: "Although this option is not technically wrong; it is less clear and graceful than B".
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05 Nov 2009, 21:07

"Expectation.....would double" would go together better than "Expectation.....doubled". Since expectation is about thinking in future
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21 Aug 2010, 09:46
hello,
here's the question...
Retail sales rose 0.8 of 1 percent in August,
intensifying expectations that personal spending in
the July–September quarter more than doubled that
of the 1.4 percent growth rate in personal spending
for the previous quarter.
(A) that personal spending in the July–September
quarter more than doubled that of
(B) that personal spending in the July–September
quarter would more than double
(C) of personal spending in the July–September
quarter, that it more than doubled
(D) of personal spending in the July–September
quarter more than doubling that of
(E) of personal spending in the July–September
quarter, that it would more than double that of

i have a few questions regarding this problem. first, can someone explain the use of "double" used here? is it a verb? secondly, can someone explain why choice D is not right. thanks!
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21 Aug 2010, 17:00
Expectations of "Someone"??? Expectations of personal Spending is wrong
Whose expectation that is why D is wrong
that lefts A and B
the statement after that modifies anything before it hence A is wrong answer should be B
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26 Aug 2010, 19:10
here is the question...

Retail sales rose 0.8 of 1 percent in August,
intensifying expectations that personal spending in
the July–September quarter more than doubled that
of the 1.4 percent growth rate in personal spending
for the previous quarter.
(A) that personal spending in the July–September
quarter more than doubled that of
(B) that personal spending in the July–September
quarter would more than double
(C) of personal spending in the July–September
quarter, that it more than doubled
(D) of personal spending in the July–September
quarter more than doubling that of
(E) of personal spending in the July–September
quarter, that it would more than double that of

i am wondering if the word "double" here is a verb or an adjective. thanks!
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27 Aug 2010, 01:28
IMO B
Double is a comparative "Signal".
1) Idiom Issue: Expect that.
2) Since its Aug. i.e mid of Quater (July-Aug-Sept) we need to bring uncertainity into our speculation. So Would is appropriate.
3) We dont require "that of" becaz the second term is rate itself.
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30 Mar 2011, 12:45
+1 B

C, D, and E change the meaning.
In A, "that of" is not necessary.
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05 Jun 2011, 06:27
B for me too...
Expect should be followed by "that"...this eliminates C,D,E..
Between A and B..."more than doubled that of..." is unidiomatic...
left with B

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05 Jun 2011, 14:53
yes, with subjunctive mood (would), it should be B.
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07 Jul 2011, 21:01
Expectations that resulted from a past and continue in future would be used

for eg Retail sales rose 0.8 of 1 percent in August,intensifying expectations that personal spending in the July–September quarter would more than double

Expectations that resulted from a present and continue in future will be used
for eg According to some analysts, the gains in the stock
market reflect growing confidence that the economy
will avoid the recession that many had feared earlier in
the year and instead come in for a “soft landing,”
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01 Aug 2011, 01:39
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Retail sales rose 0.8 of 1 percent in August, intensifying expectations that personal spending in the July-Sept quarter more than doubled that of the 1.4 percent growth rate in personal spending for the previous quarter.

A. that personal spending in the July-Sept quarter more than doubled that of
B. that personal spending in the July-Sept quarter would more than double
C. of personal spending in the July-Sept quarter, that it more than doubled
D. of personal spending in the July-Sept quarter more than doubling that of
E. of personal spending in the July-Sept quarter, that it would more than double that of

idiom: expectations that vs. expectations of
expectations of is incorrect

Hence A or B
A uses incorrect tense
B uses 'would' which indicates that the situation has not occurred yet, hence the expectations. Hence, tense complies with intended meaning.
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01 Aug 2011, 01:42
Also, the use of that of is incorrect.

This year's rate has doubled that of the last year's. - correct
This year's rate has doubled the 1.8 units rate of last year - correct
This year's rate has doubled that of the 1.8 units - incorrect. 1.8 units is the rate itself.
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01 Aug 2011, 19:57
gmate2010 wrote:
flyinhair wrote:
Retail sales rose 0.8 of 1 percent in August, intensifying expectations that personal spending in the July-Sept quarter more than doubled that of the 1.4 percent growth rate in personal spending for the previous quarter.

A. that personal spending in the July-Sept quarter more than doubled that of
B. that personal spending in the July-Sept quarter would more than double
C. of personal spending in the July-Sept quarter, that it more than doubled
D. of personal spending in the July-Sept quarter more than doubling that of
E. of personal spending in the July-Sept quarter, that it would more than double that of

And, BTW, Could anyone please offer me an introduction about how to use "that of" when there is a "than"
or "as" before? thanks a lot!

C, D and E ..incorrect ..personal spending does not have expectations.. Awkward..
A. ) that personal spending in the July-Sept quarter more than doubled that of(personal spending of) the 1.4 percent growth rate in personal spending for the previous quarter --- redundant..
B. ) correct.. We need that..Also comparison is correct.

Hi All,

I also selected B ( looks best in given option)and used the same logic (as described by gmate2010) but still feel that "of" is required after double. Expert please share views."
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08 Oct 2011, 11:22
tt11234 wrote:
here is the question...

Retail sales rose 0.8 of 1 percent in August,
intensifying expectations that personal spending in
the July–September quarter more than doubled that
of the 1.4 percent growth rate in personal spending
for the previous quarter.
(A) that personal spending in the July–September
quarter more than doubled that of
(B) that personal spending in the July–September
quarter would more than double
(C) of personal spending in the July–September
quarter, that it more than doubled
(D) of personal spending in the July–September
quarter more than doubling that of
(E) of personal spending in the July–September
quarter, that it would more than double that of

i am wondering if the word "double" here is a verb or an adjective. thanks!

I did pick 'B'. But I have a question with choice B

Retail sales rose 0.8 of 1 percent in August, intensifying expectations that [highlight]personal spending[/highlight] in the July–September
quarter would more than double [highlight]the 1.4 percent growth rate[/highlight] in personal spending
for the previous quarter.

Is the comparison correct here ?
Personal spending ....... more than double the ...growth rate
Shouldnt it be
growth rate in Personal spending ...more than double the ..... growth rate

I would appreciate any help with this .
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here is the question...

Retail sales rose 0.8 of 1 percent in August,
intensifying expectations that personal spending in
the July–September quarter more than doubled that
of the 1.4 percent growth rate in personal spending
for the previous quarter.
(A) that personal spending in the July–September
quarter more than doubled that of
(B) that personal spending in the July–September
quarter would more than double
(C) of personal spending in the July–September
quarter, that it more than doubled
(D) of personal spending in the July–September
quarter more than doubling that of
(E) of personal spending in the July–September
quarter, that it would more than double that of

i am wondering if the word "double" here is a verb or an adjective. thanks!

I did pick 'B'. But I have a question with choice B

Retail sales rose 0.8 of 1 percent in August, intensifying expectations that [highlight]personal spending[/highlight] in the July–September
quarter would more than double [highlight]the 1.4 percent growth rate[/highlight] in personal spending
for the previous quarter.

Is the comparison correct here ?
Personal spending ....... more than double the ...growth rate
Shouldnt it be
growth rate in Personal spending ...more than double the ..... growth rate

I would appreciate any help with this .

You can also look at the comparison as

Retail sales rose 0.8 of 1 percent in August, intensifying expectations that [highlight]personal spending[/highlight] in the July–September
quarter would more than double [highlight]the 1.4 percent growth rate in personal spending[/highlight]
for the previous quarter.

Now, this implies => the increased personal spending will cause the growth rate to be double of 1.4 .

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25 Nov 2011, 06:35
I also think it is B. But here the problem could be parallelism. personal spending i getting copared with 1.4 percent growth here. "That of" would have been more appropriate
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25 Nov 2011, 06:42
The answer can be straight derived from the word "expectation" which demands would
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25 Nov 2011, 07:37
+1 B

Its a official guide question
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25 Nov 2011, 14:57
I chose B as well. Seems the most concise..
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08 Mar 2012, 08:28

A. This answer choice states the verb "doubled" in the simple past tense, but this doesn't make any sense. The reason it doesn't make sense is because we are looking at statistics in August and we are predicting the outcome of the future. Therefore, the use of the simple past tense is incorrect here - it should be the conditional word "would."

B. At first I wasn't sure if this was the correct answer because it seemed to compare personal spending to growth rate. However, after further analysis I realized that you could include "in personal spending" as part of the comparison. This makes more sense. It also uses the conditional "would" to agree with the word "expectation."

C. I was quite confused by the use of "it" because I wasn't sure if it correctly refers to personal spending. However, I noticed that this answer choice uses "doubled" which is the simple past tense of the verb and therefore cannot be correct.

D. By using "that of" in this comparison, it is redundant because "that of" is a pronoun used to replace "personal spending of." If you notice later in the sentence, it repeats the words "personal spending," so this answer cannot be correct.

E. Again, I was unsure about the usage of the pronoun "it" and whether it correctly refers to personal spending. Regardless, I found this answer choice wordy and the use of the relative pronoun "that of" is unnecessary.
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