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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
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04 Aug 2005, 13:18
will go with B....

a drop in weekly unemployment claims...sounds singular because of "a"...so we need suggests..
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04 Aug 2005, 15:07
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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

C for me...

IMO B is fault because there are two things (surging sales and frop in unemployment rate...) so it should be suggest, but in A economy is compared to thoughts?? and D and E can be easily rejected so C.
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04 Aug 2005, 19:37
A is just fine. No need of a present perfect. Past tense is just fine.

Why go passive in C and have been (meaning they are still thinking)
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05 Aug 2005, 07:26
The oa is A.
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05 Aug 2005, 08:15
stupid question, initially I've chosen (B) but have to agree with (A)
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19 Jun 2006, 07:06
Only A/C are close

in B : S-V-A
D/E WOrdy

in C, economy.... have ( S-V-A)

should be A
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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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19 Jun 2006, 08:30
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 for me on this one ( a surge and a drop - plural subjects) so it has to be suggest
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13 Jul 2007, 03:59
previously thought

hmmm...redundant?
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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

"A surge and a drop" are plural require plural verb suggest. Suggest should be followed by that.
Suggesting is awkward.
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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

"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.
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A for me. It is idiomatic as well. The use of AS...AS

E would only be correct if the *verbal* "Suggesting" is used properly.

For example...There has been a recent surge in new home sales and a drop in weekly unemployment claims, suggesting the economy....
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03 Jun 2012, 07:10
13. 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 OG says (A) as correct answer.
While (A) is correct
But about (C) it says "have been thought" does not have plural subject.I say "some analysts" is a plural subject.So what's the problem with option (C)
Simply saying passive voice is not preferred is also not correct.
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The subject is plural here because of the use of 'and'. so let us keep A and C. Eliminate D and E because the sentences seem to be fragment.

Because, in D and E there are two subjects 'surge' and 'drop' and a sentence should have a verb that makes sense with the subject.

Now between A and D-
for me the use of 'as have been previously thought' changes the voice and structure of the sentence. So the best ans is A
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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.

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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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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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