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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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15 Sep 2005, 17:21
C.
I think you need "that" at the end of option, though I'm at a loss as to explain why. So, of A and C, A is rejected outright.

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16 Sep 2005, 07:32
I'm pretty sure "indicate that" is the correct idiom here. I picked C more because it's the most concise out of all the answer choices.

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C it is
seem + to do--> idiom
and we should use that which is followed by a clause

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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

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03 Apr 2007, 09:46
75.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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04 Apr 2007, 08:06
A, B, E --> Wrong comparison

D - indicative of -> incorrect usage

C is correct in all respects

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seem + infinitive
seem to be
seem to indicate.

OA is C

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07 Aug 2007, 11:21
let me be the first to say....C

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15 Mar 2010, 19:18
seekmba wrote:

75. 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

C
idiom: seem to...that

A. like is incorrect usage here -- its only for comparisons alteast in GMAT
B,D,E that is required
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05 Aug 2012, 07:45
the question is from OG,and it says that option D is incorrect because "indicative of " cant introduce a clause .
Which clause is being talked about here and why cant indicative of introduce a clause

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05 Aug 2012, 15:47
can noun phrase or adjective phrase introduce a clause? if yes then please explain with example
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19 Dec 2012, 19:52
alwaysudit wrote:
the question is from OG,and it says that option D is incorrect because "indicative of " cant introduce a clause .
Which clause is being talked about here and why cant indicative of introduce a clause

I'm also having trouble with answer choice C after being stuck with C and D. I feel that you can say something is indicative of the economy and it is referring to the sales figures. To indicate that also seemed correct but I went with that. Can someone help me understand C so I don't make that mistake again? I didn't like the OG answer. Thanks!

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28 Feb 2013, 10:20
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75.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- it refers to what?
(B) as if to indicate- it is colloquial
(C) to indicate that- park it for now
(D) indicative of- prefer indicate that over this as a idiom
(E) like an indication of
same as D
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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

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?

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19 Apr 2013, 00:48
alwaysudit wrote:
the question is from OG,and it says that option D is incorrect because "indicative of " cant introduce a clause .
Which clause is being talked about here and why cant indicative of introduce a clause

hi alwaysudit,
75.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

in the second half of non underlined portion "the economy, although growing slowly, is not nearing a recession"....the economy is not nearing a recession is a clause....sub:economy verb: is
now if you choose C "indicative of "..the whole sentence will become like this
Along with the drop in producer prices announced yesterday, the strong retail sales figures released today seem indicative of the economy, although growing slowly, is not nearing a recession.......in this sentence there is one clause and one is fragment
clause:Along with the drop in producer prices announced yesterday, the strong retail sales figures released today seem indicative of the economy
fragment:is not nearing a recession

so this will be wrong
more to say that seem should always be followed by infinitive.

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24 Apr 2013, 19:29
All duplicate threads on this topic have been merged.

Please check and follow the Guidelines for Posting in Verbal GMAT forum before posting anything.

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09 Jul 2013, 10:04
thanks Mike, that was a informative explanation. probably we all knew the answer but i was not very sure why...
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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?

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

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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, 10:22
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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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