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# After a dip caused by Congressional bickering, many growth stocks are

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After a dip caused by Congressional bickering, many growth stocks are returning to their previous levels, but some, hampered by a general stagnancy in the economy, is returning with a speed that is less than they would expect.

A is returning with a speed that is less than they would expect
B is returning with a slower speed than expected
C are returning more slowly than expected
D are returning more slowly than they would expect
E are returning with a speed less than expected
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14 Jan 2018, 11:33
sameeruce08 wrote:
WHY NOT E

(E) is wordy...

with a speed less than = slowly
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16 Jan 2018, 05:48
Abhishek009 wrote:
sameeruce08 wrote:
WHY NOT E

(E) is wordy...

with a speed less than = slowly

Moreover, the word "speed" is more applicable for physical movements, in which one can depict a change of physical location with respect to time. (Speed, by definition, is afterall distance travelled / time.) For non-physical, hypothetical movements, the word may be a bit awkward.
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22 Aug 2018, 18:44
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Split #1: SV Agreement. The pronoun “some” is the subject of the second half of the sentence. What is the implicit phrase: some of what? By “some”, this sentence means “some growth stocks”. Growth stocks are countable, and some of them would be plural, so we need the plural verb “are”. Choices (A) & (B) are incorrect.

Split #2: Mystery pronoun. A couple choices provided a subject to the verb “expected”: unfortunately, this is the pronoun “they” with no antecedent. The mysterious “they” who were expecting something are not identified. On the GMAT, this is unacceptable. Choices (A) & (D) make this mistake.

Split #3: speed. If P is moving faster than Q, how do we describe Q? It is unnecessarily wordy to say Q moves “with a speed less than” P, or, even worse, Q moves “with a speed that is less than” P. Those are the poor choices of (E) & (A) respectively. Choice (B) has “with a slower speed than” —- arguably, “slower speed” verges on the redundant. The most direct way to say this is: Q moves “more slowly than” P.

For all these reasons, (C) is perfectly correct and it is the only possible answer.
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