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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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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.
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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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I am not strong at SC, but I think it is E....
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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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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

B wins
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10 Aug 2009, 16:22
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expectations that is correct usage...and also since it's expectations, then the usage of "would" is correct, so out of B and E ...B seems correct
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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 .

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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06 Aug 2012, 00:55
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I have another question on D...
The explainations in OG12 indicates D "Although this option is not technically wrong...."
But we use "expectations that" or "more than doubling" or "that of" to eliminate it.
So, I mean if there is no B choice, is option D itself right or wrong?

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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, 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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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, 06:27
kazakhb wrote:
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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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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