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A surge in new home sales and a drop in weekly unemployment

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New post 08 Dec 2017, 23:00
FN wrote:
will go with B....

a drop in weekly unemployment claims...sounds singular because of "a"...so we need suggests..

It has and. Even though they use a, the verb is for an entire subject
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New post 23 Dec 2017, 21:35
Option A is correct.

Surge and drop require plural verb- Eliminate B, D and E.

B- "Have been" seems awkward.
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New post 24 Dec 2017, 03:12
okdongdong wrote:
A surge in new home sales and a drop in weekly unemployment claims suggest that the economy might not be as weak as some analysts previously thought.

A. claims suggest that the economy might not be as weak as some analysts previously thought
B. claims suggests that the economy might not be so weak as some analysts have previously thought
C. claims suggest that the economy might not be as weak as have been previously thought by some analysts
D. claims, suggesting about the economy that it might not be so weak as previously thought by some analysts
E. claims, suggesting the economy might not be as weak as previously thought to be by some analysts



The correct answer here is A. Although i had previously marked the answer to b B.
A. claims suggest that the economy might not be as weak as some analysts previously thought
This the correct answer because if you look at the original sentence "A surge" and "A drop" both are subject of the sentence. And when those are separated by "and", the verb has to be plural. Hence "Suggest" is the correct verb used in these case.
B. claims suggests that the economy might not be so weak as some analysts have previously thoughtBased on the explanation above this is not right choice.
C. claims suggest that the economy might not be as weak as have been previously thought by some analystsDo not have to include Present Perfect tense
D. claims, suggesting about the economy that it might not be so weak as previously thought by some analystsOut of scope
E. claims, suggesting the economy might not be as weak as previously thought to be by some analysts[/quote]Out of Scope
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