The reasons for yesterday's sharp rise in the stock market were much the same as that
behind last week's rally: a surge in the economy to a 5.6% annual growth rate and improved corporate earnings balanced by the lack of signs of inflationary pressure.
Not parallel. The intended meaning is that "the reasons (plural
) for X were much the same as "those" (the reasons
) behind Y.
The reasons || those ("those" refers to "the reasons")
C. what wasWrong.
"the reasons for X" and "what was
behind Y" are not parallel.
D. for thatWrong.
- "for" is redundant. The correct structure is: the reasons (plural) for X were much the same as
those behind Y
- "that" <== singular. Wrong.
E. they wereWrong.
- Pronoun problem: if you use "they", you repeat the same subject
"the reasons for yesterday's sharp rise in the stock market" <== That's wrong, because "the reasons for X" and "the reasons behind Y" are different
. (You only use "they" if you repeat the same
- Parallelism problem: "The reasons for X
" and "they were
" are not parallel. Technically, the noun phrases before and after "were much the same" - comparative phrase - must parallel.
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