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

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06 Dec 2013, 21:15
Between A and C
In A, looks like 'as weak as' is modifying how 'Analyst's thought'.
C corrects that err by comparing economy that is 'being suggested' to the one 'previously thought'.As the emphasis here is on object and not on the subject so passive voice is warranted here.

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Between A and C
In A, looks like 'as weak as' is modifying how 'Analyst's thought'.
C corrects that err by comparing economy that is 'being suggested' to the one 'previously thought'.As the emphasis here is on object and not on the subject so passive voice is warranted here.

Request experts to please correct if I missed anything above.

The phrase "as weak as" is used in answer A correctly, since it refers to the whole clause "as some analysts previously thought." So we are comparing two clauses. Answer C is grammatically incorrect because the subject of the verb "have been previously thought" is missing.
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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

We have the additive phrase "and" that takes two singular phrases "surge and drop", and turns them into one plural phrase. Thus, the subject is surge & drops and the verb therefore needs to be plural (suggest, not suggests). So, right off the bat B is gone. Furthermore, one needs to have an understanding of what an "unemployment claim" is in order to quickly eliminate D, and E. A unemployment claim is a noun, it is not a verb (like "he claimed that I was..."), thus a comma after claim creates a fragment. Therefore, D/E gone.

C) "as have been previously thought" is just all types of wrong. C gone

They try to trick you by giving you a present participle in D and E (suggesting), as if the verb-ing form creates a subordinate clause. But that is incorrect.

A is the only one NOT riddled with grammatical errors.

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12 Jan 2014, 07:32
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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

First split A and B suggest plural
Second split between A and C, C is wordy and wrong tense
Hence A

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12 Jan 2014, 08:06
ak_idc wrote:
"suggest" is necessary.

A seems fine.

Though Both A and C are okay.

C is little wordy and passive.

So A is the right one

No, C is grammatically incorrect.

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will go with B....

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

It is a Compound sentence so it is a Plural.
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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

"A surge and a drop" are plural require plural verb suggest.
Suggesting is awkward.
so weak as is wrong idiom.

I dont think D n E are wrong because of 'suggesting' being awkward.
In D and E
the part of sentence before suggesting should be a clause, but actually it is an fragment.

@Gurpreet Singh, I agree with your explanation. It is Comma+Ing MODIFIER and the structure preceding it should be a clause but a fragment, hence comma+ suggesting is unable to modify it correctly.
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01 Apr 2014, 21:31
KC 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

Why is claims not working as a verb for subject "surge in new home sales and a drop in weekly unemployment"
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14 May 2014, 04:24
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.

Let's have a look at option C.

If the option were -
C. claims suggest that the economy might not be as weak as has been previously thought by some analysts

Notice that I changed have to has in this choice.

would it be correct now. More specifically, is it correct to say that now Economy is the subject of the verb - has been ?

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15 Sep 2014, 01:44
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

B - incorrect verb suggests.
C- Have been previously thought is wrong tense . event happened in the past.
D & E - run on sentence.. no verb here.. suggesting is a modifier

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16 Jan 2015, 11:57
A surge .... a drop ==> needs suggest. B out. D and E uses modifier suggesting which is not correct, so they are out.
In C, have been previously thought? can't seem to place have been in the sentence. so its out.

Best Choice: A

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

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16 Feb 2015, 08:57
can someone please explain why surge isn't the subject? i picked B as the answer because i thought surge was the subject, thus being singular. i thought that in homes was a preposition and subjects aren't in prepositions?

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can someone please explain why surge isn't the subject? i picked B as the answer because i thought surge was the subject, thus being singular. i thought that in homes was a preposition and subjects aren't in prepositions?

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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
Correct.
B. claims suggests that the economy might not be so weak as some analysts have previously thought
Incorrect. A surge...suggests (singular).
C. claims suggest that the economy might not be as weak as have been previously thought by some analysts
Correct. Wordy (passive vs. active)
D. claims, suggesting about the economy that it might not be so weak as previously thought by some analysts
Incorrect. No main verb!
E. claims, suggesting the economy might not be as weak as previously thought to be by some analysts
Incorrect. No main verb!

Going with A.

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02 May 2015, 21:04
KasiaEconomistGMAT wrote:
himapm1l wrote:
Between A and C
In A, looks like 'as weak as' is modifying how 'Analyst's thought'.
C corrects that err by comparing economy that is 'being suggested' to the one 'previously thought'.As the emphasis here is on object and not on the subject so passive voice is warranted here.

Request experts to please correct if I missed anything above.

The phrase "as weak as" is used in answer A correctly, since it refers to the whole clause "as some analysts previously thought." So we are comparing two clauses. Answer C is grammatically incorrect because the subject of the verb "have been previously thought" is missing.

"have been thought" is correct because its subject is infered and is the subject of preceding clause.

the problem here is the difference between present perfect and past
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07 May 2015, 18:08
Hi,

Can somebody help me understand the usage of as weak as vs so weak as

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09 Oct 2015, 12:19
Hi in C, isnt have modifying plural "analysts" hence have is ok? or is have reffering to economy and in this case it should be has?

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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
---> fine!
B. claims suggests that the economy might not be so weak as some analysts have previously thought
-----> "so ...as" is used for negative tone only --> out

C. claims suggest that the economy might not be as weak as have been previously thought by some analysts
---> "have" should be "has" --> out

D. claims, suggesting about the economy that it might not be so weak as previously thought by some analysts
---> run-on sentence --> out
E. claims, suggesting the economy might not be as weak as previously thought to be by some analysts
---> same to D.

A it is.

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03 Dec 2015, 07:43
Can someone explain why "claims" cant be a verb here in option 4 & 5

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Can someone explain why "claims" cant be a verb here in option 4 & 5

Hi kongaharsha, not just in 4&5, claims is not used as a verb in any option in this question.

It is used as a Noun (with unemployment being the adjective). Think about it this way:

Tony filed unemployment claim.

Here, filed is the verb, while claim is a noun.

Government claims credit for turning around the economy.

Here, claim is used as a verb.
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15 May 2016, 14:19
Initially got this wrong, but as I go back over it, A makes perfect sense. The dual subject needs a plural verb, and suggest works as is. Think of it this way, "Bill suggests we go back" or "Bill and Anne suggest we go back".

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