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

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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, 12:18
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, 14:07
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

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, 18:37
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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, 06:26
The oa is A.

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stupid question, initially I've chosen (B) but have to agree with (A)
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19 Jun 2006, 06:06
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, 07:30
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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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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23 Oct 2006, 19:17
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

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23 Oct 2006, 19:17
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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 looks good

Highlighted parts are incorrect or not appropriate in the other options.

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25 Oct 2006, 23:00
Juaz wrote:
Should be A. C has SVA problem.

Assuming the A in SVA means "active," I agree. Otherwise the S-V agreement is fine in both A and C.

Clearly (A)

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13 Jul 2007, 02:59
previously thought

hmmm...redundant?

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In my view C is wrong because of two points:
A) Subject/Verb:
Economy is singular and would need "has" i.e "economy.....as has been previously thought by some analysts"

B)Verb Tense:
Previously thought by some analysis:
Here we are using "Present Perfect Tense". But the word previously clearly shows that this notion was held in the past and is no more valid. So "Present Perfect Tense" has been incorrectly used here.

Therefore with C wrong because of "two" things, we stick to A as the correct answer.

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24 Aug 2010, 08:43
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

a surge in ...and a drop in ...---plural..ruling out suggests
Ruling out D and E as that is required.
have been is wrong as it should be simple past tense. and C is also in passive mood.

So A is Correct

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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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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.
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08 Jun 2011, 11:34
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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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The answer to this question must be A:

A. This sentence has correct subject verb agreement. It also presents the "that..." clause in active voice.

B. The plural subject "a surge and a drop" does not agree with the singular verb suggests.

C. The use of the plural verb "have been" does not agree with the singular subject "the economy."

D. The verb-ing modifier after a comma should modify the preceding clause. However, the first part of this answer choice isn't even a clause because it does not contain a verb. So the use of the verb-ing modifier is incorrect in this case. Also, since the first part of the sentence isn't a clause, this entire sentence is actually a fragment.

E. Same as D - incorrect usage of verb-ing modifier and sentence fragment. In addition it uses the passive voice, which is unnecessary.

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