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

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why option A is not used as subjunctive as "suggest that" is given.
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DevilDoggNC wrote:
The Official Guide for GMAT Review, 2015

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Question No.: SC 16
Page: 674

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


sajon wrote:
why option A is not used as subjunctive as "suggest that" is given.

sajon , I can understand why you might think the phrase "suggest that" indicates or requires a subjunctive construction.

Those two words are markers for the subjunctive mood.

But use of the verb suggest does not automatically mean that a subjunctive phrase will follow.

Suggest, as a verb, is used in many ways.
In the subjunctive mood, "suggest that" implies some sort of desire, command, or request.

Desire, command, and request are not present here.

The surge and the drop do not recommend that ______. The surge and the drop do not desire, command, request, or prefer.

The verb suggest can be used in many ways. It is not restricted to the subjunctive.

"Suggest that" here is used in the sense of "hint at, imply, show."

His red face suggests [that] he is embarrassed.
• The shape of that package suggests [that] something breakable is inside.
• Water in the desert suggests an oasis.
• The data suggested an outcome different from the one scientists had predicted.

You could remove "that" in the first two sentences and they would still be grammatically correct.

With the sentence in the prompt, you could also remove the word "that."

This sentence means
Good Thing A (increased home sales) and Good Thing B (decreased unemployment) indicate that the economy is doing better than some analysts believed.

Or: Good Thing A and Good Thing B hint that the economy might be in better health than analysts thought.

In sum, in this sentence, suggest that does not require the subjunctive.

Hope that helps.
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New post 23 Mar 2018, 19:46
My approach is throgh POE:
" A surge in new home sales and a drop in weekly employment" is the subject and it is plural. Hence, Option B is out (Suggests).
D & E is out as they lack verb for the subject " A surge in new home sales and a drop in weekly employment". Thus, making it fragments. Also, Verbing (suggesting) after comma, modifies the preceding clause but " A surge in new home sales and a drop in weekly employment" is subject not the clause.- A commonly tested trap in GMAT.
C is out as it is unnecessarily passive in the construction (Have been previously thought to be) and also "Have" is not associated to any plural subject .
Hence A is the answer.
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