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Retail sales rose 8/10 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

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The OA is B, while I chose D and B as the second best answer. Isn't it more idiomatic to say "expectations of"?
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Please do not reveal the OA rightaway. Post the question and give it a day or two. When you come back you would see more hot discussions than you expected.

As for the SC, "that of" and "rate" is redundant. You would want to "that of" when the question is
"...intensifying expectations that the rate of personal spending in X quarter more than doubled than that of the personal spending for the previous quarter..."

Nevertheless, 'expectations that' needs a "would". So, ACD out.
Only B remains.
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28 May 2006, 12:52
Retail sales rose 8/10 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
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Since the sentence describes "expectations" ... would more than double is better..

My pick would be B.
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28 May 2006, 16:43
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We need 'that' to modify expectations. C,D,E --> out.
A - awkward

B is the best choice.
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28 May 2006, 17:19
We are talking about the future (hint: expectations, and the talk abt july-sep quarter in aug). Hence past-tense references are wrong. That drops A and C. D is plain awkward. E is wrong because "double that of" does not have a subject reference to "that".

Hence B.
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28 May 2006, 18:24
I will go with B.
As said above, ' expectations ' makes B better than A because of the future tense.
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29 May 2006, 05:15
B is the only one that makes the sentence meaningful.
A, C and D gives the impression that this has already happened, and E is just too awkward
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29 May 2006, 10:06
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B is the only one that makes the sentence meaningful.
A, C and D gives the impression that this has already happened, and E is just too awkward

OA is B
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29 May 2006, 18:23
we need "that", so between "A" & "B".

"B" wins the race.
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06 Jan 2008, 03:32
Retail sales rose 8/10 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
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06 Jan 2008, 06:04
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I am not strong at SC, but I think it is E....
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06 Jan 2008, 06:27
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I am not strong at SC, but I think it is E....

no...anyway, furnish explanations which are always useful to evaluate alternatives....
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06 Jan 2008, 07:05
Retail sales rose 8/10 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

It is B
A. that makes the sentence better but at the same time expectations neccessitates the us e of would
B. uses that and would to make the sentence clear best bet
C. uneccessary use of it
D. more than doubling that of 1.4% is a problem
E. should have started with a that again "it" not required
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06 Jan 2008, 07:07
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Retail sales rose 8/10 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

It is B
A. that makes the sentence better but at the same time expectations neccessitates the us e of would
B. uses that and would to make the sentence clear best bet
C. uneccessary use of it
D. more than doubling that of 1.4% is a problem
E. should have started with a that again "it" not required

OA B
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07 Jan 2008, 05:53
B it is

in E, it is double pronoun use
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08 Apr 2008, 19:19
Man, I suck at SC!

Retail sales rose 8/10 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
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Man, I suck at SC!

Retail sales rose 8/10 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 got B.
"expectation that" sounds correct to me, although if someone can explain the rules, if any
A is incorrect because the placement of "that of" doesn't make sense.
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My approach:
Clear B

Retails sales rose(cause)............,intensifying expectations(effect).....

It cannot be expectations OF thus C,D,E are straight out. Now we have A & B
-ing form shows the present continuous, thus we need show the result in future tense. In A doubled is in past tense where as in B "would" shows the future tense.

Retail sales rose 8/10 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.
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10 Apr 2008, 17:36
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My approach:
Clear B

Retails sales rose(cause)............,intensifying expectations(effect).....

It cannot be expectations OF thus C,D,E are straight out. Now we have A & B
-ing form shows the present continuous, thus we need show the result in future tense. In A doubled is in past tense where as in B "would" shows the future tense.

Retail sales rose 8/10 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.

Thanks! to all of u...great explanation!
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