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Along with the drop in producer prices announced yesterday, the strong retail sales figures released today seem like it is indicative that the economy, although growing slowly, is not nearing a recession.

(A) like it is indicative that
(B) as if to indicate
(C) to indicate that
(D) indicative of
(E) like an indication of
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10 Sep 2013, 01:37
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mun23 wrote:
Along with the drop in producer prices announced yesterday, the strong retail sales figures released today seem like it is indicative that the economy, although growing slowly, is not nearing a recession.

(A) like it is indicative that
(B) as if to indicate
(C) to indicate that
(D) indicative of
(E) like an indication of

I picked (C). Can anyone help me in explaining me whats wrong with (B) & (D)?

Dear Mun,

I'm happy to help with this.

Here's a blog post I wrote on this very topic:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/active-verbs-on-the-gmat/

You see, first of all, grammar is only one of the considerations on the SC. Both (B) & (D) are grammatically correct. The problem with them ---- they are clunky, wordy, indirect, weak. By contrast, (C) is sleek, powerful, and direct. This questions falls under a rubric known as "Rhetorical Construction" --- this is actually one of the most tested topics on the GMAT SC. Even if an answer choice is grammatically correct, in order to be correct on the sentence correction, it must be clear, concise, direct, and powerful.

One of biggest hints for achieving this --- whenever you have a split between the noun & verb & adjective of the same verb (as we have in this question), choose the verb. Writing a word in its verb form instead of in its noun or adjective form almost always makes the sentence more concise and more direct.

Does all this make sense?

Mike

Read discussion on Magoosh site. I am a non native speaker failed to comprehend the Idea.

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15 Mar 2014, 02:06
ywilfred wrote:
Along with the drop in producer prices announced yesterday, the strong retail sales figures released today seem like it is indicative that the economy, although growing slowly, is not nearing a recession.

(A) like it is indicative that
(B) as if to indicate
(C) to indicate that
(D) indicative of
(E) like an indication of

Hi,
Can someone please explain the usage of although here in non-underlined part.
As far as I know although should be followed by a clause .
What is the function of the modifier "although growing slowly" in grammatical terms.
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15 Mar 2014, 11:22
abid1986 wrote:
ywilfred wrote:
Along with the drop in producer prices announced yesterday, the strong retail sales figures released today seem like it is indicative that the economy, although growing slowly, is not nearing a recession.

(A) like it is indicative that
(B) as if to indicate
(C) to indicate that
(D) indicative of
(E) like an indication of

Hi,
Can someone please explain the usage of although here in non-underlined part.
As far as I know although should be followed by a clause .
What is the function of the modifier "although growing slowly" in grammatical terms.

Dear Abid,

Thank you for posting your question here.

This is a case of ellipsis, and you can find it discussed in our concept file on the use of "as". Ellipsis refers to the omission of words that are already implied by the context of the sentence. Sometimes, such words can be left out to make the sentence more concise. You are correct that "although" should be followed by a clause, but when ellipsis is applied, the subject and the verb of the clause can be left out when it's already clear what they are.

So, the clause here is "although it is growing slowly". It is already obvious from the context of the sentence that the economy is growing slowly. So, "it is" can be dropped without affecting the meaning of the sentence.

Here are a couple more examples:

Although small, my house meets my needs. (Meaning: Although my house is small, it meets my needs.)
The project, although vast, needs to be completed by the end of the week. (Meaning: Although the project is vast, it needs to be completed by the end of the week.)

I hope this helps to clarify your doubt!

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10 Jun 2015, 13:08
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mikemcgarry wrote:
mun23 wrote:
Along with the drop in producer prices announced yesterday, the strong retail sales figures released today seem like it is indicative that the economy, although growing slowly, is not nearing a recession.

(A) like it is indicative that
(B) as if to indicate
(C) to indicate that
(D) indicative of
(E) like an indication of

I picked (C). Can anyone help me in explaining me whats wrong with (B) & (D)?

Dear Mun,

I'm happy to help with this.

You see, first of all, grammar is only one of the considerations on the SC. Both (B) & (D) are grammatically correct. The problem with them ---- they are clunky, wordy, indirect, weak. By contrast, (C) is sleek, powerful, and direct. This questions falls under a rubric known as "Rhetorical Construction" --- this is actually one of the most tested topics on the GMAT SC. Even if an answer choice is grammatically correct, in order to be correct on the sentence correction, it must be clear, concise, direct, and powerful.

One of biggest hints for achieving this --- whenever you have a split between the noun & verb & adjective of the same verb (as we have in this question), choose the verb. Writing a word in its verb form instead of in its noun or adjective form almost always makes the sentence more concise and more direct.

Does all this make sense?

Mike

Read discussion on Magoosh site. I am a non native speaker failed to comprehend the Idea.

I am not a big fan of Idioms; this question can be answered by reasoning Verb over Action noun formation.
Ex.(quoting from MGMAT)
His conception of money was as a goal. (bad sentence according to GMAT)
He conceived of money as a goal. (better sentence according to GMAT)

Both are grammatically correct otherwise.
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14 May 2017, 12:54
ywilfred wrote:
Along with the drop in producer prices announced yesterday, the strong retail sales figures released today seem like it is indicative that the economy, although growing slowly, is not nearing a recession.

(A) like it is indicative that
(B) as if to indicate
(C) to indicate that
(D) indicative of
(E) like an indication of

A "It" is ambiguous.
B Missing "that."
C Correct.
D Missing "that."
E "Of" cannot introduce a new clause.
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18 May 2017, 09:00
ywilfred wrote:
Along with the drop in producer prices announced yesterday, the strong retail sales figures released today seem like it is indicative that the economy, although growing slowly, is not nearing a recession.

(A) like it is indicative that
(B) as if to indicate
(C) to indicate that
(D) indicative of
(E) like an indication of

A "Seems like" cannot introduce a relative clause.
B "Seems as if" cannot be followed by an infinitive.
C Correct.
D "Indicative of" cannot introduce a relative clause.
E "Indicative of" cannot introduce a relative clause.
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18 May 2017, 12:42
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Why a clause cannot follow 'of'?
Because 'of' is a preposition and can be only be followed by a noun or noun-phrase without a verb.
Why a clause always follows 'that'?
Because 'that' is subordinating conjunction here and can only be followed by a clause with a verb.
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the economy, although growing slowly, is not nearing a recession.

GMAT has put the although part in the un-underlined part and thus has made its intention clear that 'although' need not be followed by a clause. The matter should rest there, but still, the following tips might be handy.

1. If although starts a sentence, then although part can be either a verbed clause or a verb - less modifier.

Examples:
A. Although I didn't do well in my GMAT, I got 700 -- A verbed clause started by the conjunction although.
B. Although tired at the end of the Quants section, I did the verbal spiritedly and got a score of V42. --- Although part as a verb-less adjectival modifier. Tired is a past participle and not a verb.

2. If although part intervened in the middle of a sentence, then it can only be a verb-less modifier.
Example:
The economy, although growing slowly, is not nearing a recession.

3. If although part completes a sentence, then it can only be a verbed clause

Example: I did the verbal spiritedly and got a score of V42 although I became tired at the end of the Quants section --Verbed clause after although
Please note we cannot say: I did the verbal spiritedly and got a score of V42 although tired at the end of the Quants section. This is wrong.

I remember to have seen or heard these tips from RON although I can't remember where and when.
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