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# Although the rise in the Producer Price Index was greater than expecte

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Although the rise in the Producer Price Index was greater than expected, most analysts agreed that the index was unlikely to continue going up and that inflation remained essentially under control.

A. that the index was unlikely to continue going up and that inflation remained
B. that it was unlikely for the index continuing to go up and for inflation to remain
C. that the index was unlikely to continue to go up, with inflation to remain
D. on the unlikelihood that the index would continue going up and that inflation remained
E. on the unlikelihood that the index would continue to go up and for inflation to remain

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Hello Everyone!

This is a great example of a GMAT question that focuses on PARALLELISM! Let's start off by doing a quick scan over the options and highlighting any major differences we see in orange:

Although the rise in the Producer Price Index was greater than expected, most analysts agreed that the index was unlikely to continue going up and that inflation remained essentially under control.

A. that the index was unlikely to continue going up and that inflation remained
B. that it was unlikely for the index continuing to go up and for inflation to remain
C. that the index was unlikely to continue to go up, with inflation to remain
D. on the unlikelihood that the index would continue going up and that inflation remained
E. on the unlikelihood that the index would continue to go up and for inflation to remain

After a quick scan over the options, a few key differences jump out:

1. that / on the unlikelihood that
2. continue / continuing / would continue
3. that / for / with
4. remained / to remain

If we look more carefully at the sentence, we can spot what type of question this is:

Although the rise in the Producer Price Index was greater than expected, most analysts agreed that the index was unlikely to continue going up and that inflation remained essentially under control.

When looking at the sentence as a whole, we see that the underlined portion contains the 2 things that analysts agree on - and those 2 things MUST be parallel! Any time you see a grouping of items, parallelism is a good place to start! Let's check each option to ensure the 2 items are parallel:

A. that the index was unlikely to continue going up and that inflation remained --> PARALLEL

B. that it was unlikely for the index continuing to go up and for inflation to remain --> NOT PARALLEL

C. that the index was unlikely to continue to go up, with inflation to remain --> NOT PARALLEL

D. on the unlikelihood that the index would continue going up and that inflation remained --> NOT PARALLEL

E. on the unlikelihood that the index would continue to go up and for inflation to remain --> NOT PARALLEL

There you have it - option A is the only one that uses parallel structure for both items! If you can identify what type of SC question you're dealing with, it is a lot easier to check for common mistakes (parallelism, modifiers, subject-verb agreement, etc.).

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Although the rise in the Producer Price Index was greater than expected, most analysts agreed that the index was unlikely to continue going up and that inflation remained essentially under control.

A. that the index was unlikely to continue going up and that inflation remained
B. that it was unlikely for the index continuing to go up and for inflation to remain
C. that the index was unlikely to continue to go up, with inflation to remain
D. on the unlikelihood that the index would continue going up and that inflation remained
E. on the unlikelihood that the index would continue to go up and for inflation to remain

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There are two cases in which "would" would be needed, and neither is fulfilled:

1) Projection from the past into the future: "All of his teachers knew that he would grow up to be a criminal."

2) Past conditional: "Everyone believed that the economy would keep growing as long as the peace was maintained."

The sentence we're dealing with has no condition ("if," "as long as," "provided that," etc.). It might seem to project into the future, but notice that we are assessing it's likelihood of going up at that time. So we'd say these:

We agreed that the index was unlikely to go up.
We agreed that the index would not go up.
We agreed that the index would go up.

See the difference? The first case is really about that moment in time (everyone agreed that something was currently unlikely), while the other two project forward.
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Bunuel wrote:
Although the rise in the Producer Price Index was greater than expected, most analysts agreed that the index was unlikely to continue going up and that inflation remained essentially under control.

A. that the index was unlikely to continue going up and that inflation remained
B. that it was unlikely for the index continuing to go up and for inflation to remain
C. that the index was unlikely to continue to go up, with inflation to remain
D. on the unlikelihood that the index would continue going up and that inflation remained
E. on the unlikelihood that the index would continue to go up and for inflation to remain

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There is nothing wrong in the original.
We are looking at some CLAUSE after agreed, so agreed THAT abcd is correct.
The portion agreed that x and that y is correct and follows parallelism.
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Bunuel wrote:
Although the rise in the Producer Price Index was greater than expected, most analysts agreed that the index was unlikely to continue going up and that inflation remained essentially under control.

A. that the index was unlikely to continue going up and that inflation remained
B. that it was unlikely for the index continuing to go up and for inflation to remain
C. that the index was unlikely to continue to go up, with inflation to remain
D. on the unlikelihood that the index would continue going up and that inflation remained
E. on the unlikelihood that the index would continue to go up and for inflation to remain

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I can't understand why a hypothetical situation that is described in the past can simply use "was" and not "would" as a verb? I got confused, though all other answers are definitely wrong.
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06 May 2019, 12:18
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How is "Continue" parallel to "Remained" ? They are in different tenses ? Infinitive vs past tense. Kindly help me here.

Thank you for your question! In this sentence, "continue" does not need to be parallel to "remained" because it's not acting as the main verb. It's part of a prepositional phrase, so it doesn't behave like a verb here:

Although the rise in the Producer Price Index was greater than expected, most analysts agreed that the index was unlikely to continue going up and that inflation remained essentially under control.

All the other verbs (in bold) are in past tense, and the two items that the analysts agreed on are written using parallel structure. Therefore, we can narrow down our choices to just option A.

I hope this clears things up!
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26 Apr 2019, 22:39
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A - correct
B - answer choice says that "unlikely" for the index to grow up and "unlikely" for inflation to remain under control. The second part has a different meaning from the choice A. We are told that inflation stays under control in A.
C - both index and inflation are equal independent parts. However, "with" transforms the second part and makes it incorrect.
D, E - "on the unlikelihood" changes the meaning and makes inflation unlikely to stay under control.
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28 Apr 2019, 04:46
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This question heavily relies on meaning.
While I am unable to tell you all the grammatical quirks, I would encourage everyone to challenge the answer choices on whether they preserve the
original meaning.

Doing so, AC A stands strong.

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[quote="EMPOWERgmatVerbal"]Hello Everyone!

This is a great example of a GMAT question that focuses on PARALLELISM! Let's start off by doing a quick scan over the options and highlighting any major differences we see in orange:

Although the rise in the Producer Price Index was greater than expected, most analysts agreed that the index was unlikely to continue going up and that inflation remained essentially under control.

A. that the index was unlikely to continue going up and that inflation remained
B. that it was unlikely for the index continuing to go up and for inflation to remain
C. that the index was unlikely to continue to go up, with inflation to remain
D. on the unlikelihood that the index would continue going up and that inflation remained
E. on the unlikelihood that the index would continue to go up and for inflation to remain

After a quick scan over the options, a few key differences jump out:

1. that / on the unlikelihood that
2. continue / continuing / would continue
3. that / for / with
4. remained / to remain

If we look more carefully at the sentence, we can spot what type of question this is:

Although the rise in the Producer Price Index was greater than expected, most analysts agreed that the index was unlikely to continue going up and that inflation remained essentially under control.

When looking at the sentence as a whole, we see that the underlined portion contains the 2 things that analysts agree on - and those 2 things MUST be parallel! Any time you see a grouping of items, parallelism is a good place to start! Let's check each option to ensure the 2 items are parallel:

A. that the index was unlikely to continue going up and that inflation remained --> PARALLEL

B. that it was unlikely for the index continuing to go up and for inflation to remain --> NOT PARALLEL

C. that the index was unlikely to continue to go up, with inflation to remain --> NOT PARALLEL

D. on the unlikelihood that the index would continue going up and that inflation remained --> NOT PARALLEL

E. on the unlikelihood that the index would continue to go up and for inflation to remain --> NOT PARALLEL

There you have it - option A is the only one that uses parallel structure for both items! If you can identify what type of SC question you're dealing with, it is a lot easier to check for common mistakes (parallelism, modifiers, subject-verb agreement, etc.).

How is "Continue" parallel to "Remained" ? They are in different tenses ? Infinitive vs past tense. Kindly help me here.
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Hi EMPOWERgmatVerbal

can you kindly share why it should be "remained" and not "remain"

secondly, in option B we have "for the index continuing to go up and for inflation to remain"... is this not parallel as well?

Hello rnn!

Thank you for your questions. I imagine other people are wondering about these as well! Let's go through them one at a time:

1. The verb should be the past tense "remained" to stay consistent with the non-underlined part of the sentence where it says "was greater than expected" and "most analysts agreed," both of which are also in past tense.

2. No, this is not parallel. When looking at parallelism with phrases or clauses, you need to include the entire clause - not just the parts that sound good:

B. that it was unlikely for the index continuing to go up and for inflation to remain

If the phrase "it was unlikely" wasn't part of this option, then it would be parallel. However, since we're talking about parallel phrases here, we must include both phrases in their entirety. The only other way this could have been parallel would be to say "it was unlikely for the index to continue going up and it was unlikely for inflation to remain."

I hope this clears things up!
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Although the rise in the Producer Price Index was greater than expected, most analysts agreed that the index was unlikely to continue going up and that inflation remained essentially under control.

A. that the index was unlikely to continue going up and that inflation remained
B. that it was unlikely for the index continuing to go up and for inflation to remain
C. that the index was unlikely to continue to go up, with inflation to remain
D. on the unlikelihood that the index would continue going up and that inflation remained
E. on the unlikelihood that the index would continue to go up and for inflation to remain

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Can anyone explain the error In an option C

C: that the index was unlikely to continue to go up, with inflation to remain

is "inflation to remain" a point to make a decision?
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IMO A; that the index was unlikely to continue going up and that inflation remained; correct construction and maintains llism -ed
errors in other options
B. that it was unlikely for the index continuing to go up and for inflation to remain ; it is wrong referrendum issue
C. that the index was unlikely to continue to go up, with inflation to remain; parallelism is not maintained ; we have -ed verb missing
D. on the unlikelihood that the index would continue going up and that inflation remained ; again parallelism error
E. on the unlikelihood that the index would continue to go up and for inflation to remain ; changes meaning of sentence

also we can negate options seeing verb expected / agreed ; its subjunctive so options w/o 'that' to be negated..

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Although the rise in the Producer Price Index was greater than expected, most analysts agreed that the index was unlikely to continue going up and that inflation remained essentially under control.

A. that the index was unlikely to continue going up and that inflation remained
B. that it was unlikely for the index continuing to go up and for inflation to remain
C. that the index was unlikely to continue to go up, with inflation to remain
D. on the unlikelihood that the index would continue going up and that inflation remained
E. on the unlikelihood that the index would continue to go up and for inflation to remain

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Although the rise in the Producer Price Index was greater than expected,

most analysts agreed
that
the index was unlikely to continue going up and that inflation remained
essentially under control.

Quote:
D. on the unlikelihood that the index would continue going up and that inflation remained
E. on the unlikelihood that the index would continue to go up and for inflation to remain

Could I take help from simple past tense - was expected - in dependent clause starting with Although
to discard D / E on grounds of parallelism (all verb tenses must be in simple past as in A)
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03 May 2019, 22:20
Hi EMPOWERgmatVerbal

can you kindly share why it should be "remained" and not "remain"

secondly, in option B we have "for the index continuing to go up and for inflation to remain"... is this not parallel as well?
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Bunuel wrote:
Although the rise in the Producer Price Index was greater than expected, most analysts agreed that the index was unlikely to continue going up and that inflation remained essentially under control.

A. that the index was unlikely to continue going up and that inflation remained
B. that it was unlikely for the index continuing to go up and for inflation to remain
C. that the index was unlikely to continue to go up, with inflation to remain
D. on the unlikelihood that the index would continue going up and that inflation remained
E. on the unlikelihood that the index would continue to go up and for inflation to remain

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I SUPPOSE THIS QUESTION IS QUITE DIRECT EXAMPLE OF PARALLELISM.
A. THAT AND THAT COOL
NOUN PHRASES IN PARALLEL

OTHERS ARE NOT PARALLEL. OPT D N E TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE UNLIKELIHOOD ON BOTH

OPTION C TIPPED A FEW PEOPLE OFF
I THINK THERE SHOULD BE AN ING CONSTRUCTION IF YOU WANT IT TO REFER TO THE OLDER CLAUSE, ALSO I'D LOVE TO SEE AN EXPERT EXPLAIN IT
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EMPOWERgmatVerbal wrote:
Hello Everyone!

This is a great example of a GMAT question that focuses on PARALLELISM! Let's start off by doing a quick scan over the options and highlighting any major differences we see in orange:

Although the rise in the Producer Price Index was greater than expected, most analysts agreed that the index was unlikely to continue going up and that inflation remained essentially under control.

A. that the index was unlikely to continue going up and that inflation remained
B. that it was unlikely for the index continuing to go up and for inflation to remain
C. that the index was unlikely to continue to go up, with inflation to remain
D. on the unlikelihood that the index would continue going up and that inflation remained
E. on the unlikelihood that the index would continue to go up and for inflation to remain

After a quick scan over the options, a few key differences jump out:

1. that / on the unlikelihood that
2. continue / continuing / would continue
3. that / for / with
4. remained / to remain

If we look more carefully at the sentence, we can spot what type of question this is:

Although the rise in the Producer Price Index was greater than expected, most analysts agreed that the index was unlikely to continue going up and that inflation remained essentially under control.

When looking at the sentence as a whole, we see that the underlined portion contains the 2 things that analysts agree on - and those 2 things MUST be parallel! Any time you see a grouping of items, parallelism is a good place to start! Let's check each option to ensure the 2 items are parallel:

A. that the index was unlikely to continue going up and that inflation remained --> PARALLEL

B. that it was unlikely for the index continuing to go up and for inflation to remain --> NOT PARALLEL

C. that the index was unlikely to continue to go up, with inflation to remain --> NOT PARALLEL

D. on the unlikelihood that the index would continue going up and that inflation remained --> NOT PARALLEL

E. on the unlikelihood that the index would continue to go up and for inflation to remain --> NOT PARALLEL

There you have it - option A is the only one that uses parallel structure for both items! If you can identify what type of SC question you're dealing with, it is a lot easier to check for common mistakes (parallelism, modifiers, subject-verb agreement, etc.).

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Do you have a check list of the different types of SC questions? I have covered all material but not sure how to divide SC questions into a check list that I can just tick off mentally each time I see a SC question.
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EMPOWERgmatVerbal wrote:
Hello Everyone!

This is a great example of a GMAT question that focuses on PARALLELISM! Let's start off by doing a quick scan over the options and highlighting any major differences we see in orange:

Although the rise in the Producer Price Index was greater than expected, most analysts agreed that the index was unlikely to continue going up and that inflation remained essentially under control.

A. that the index was unlikely to continue going up and that inflation remained
B. that it was unlikely for the index continuing to go up and for inflation to remain
C. that the index was unlikely to continue to go up, with inflation to remain
D. on the unlikelihood that the index would continue going up and that inflation remained
E. on the unlikelihood that the index would continue to go up and for inflation to remain

After a quick scan over the options, a few key differences jump out:

1. that / on the unlikelihood that
2. continue / continuing / would continue
3. that / for / with
4. remained / to remain

If we look more carefully at the sentence, we can spot what type of question this is:

Although the rise in the Producer Price Index was greater than expected, most analysts agreed that the index was unlikely to continue going up and that inflation remained essentially under control.

When looking at the sentence as a whole, we see that the underlined portion contains the 2 things that analysts agree on - and those 2 things MUST be parallel! Any time you see a grouping of items, parallelism is a good place to start! Let's check each option to ensure the 2 items are parallel:

A. that the index was unlikely to continue going up and that inflation remained --> PARALLEL

B. that it was unlikely for the index continuing to go up and for inflation to remain --> NOT PARALLEL

C. that the index was unlikely to continue to go up, with inflation to remain --> NOT PARALLEL

D. on the unlikelihood that the index would continue going up and that inflation remained --> NOT PARALLEL

E. on the unlikelihood that the index would continue to go up and for inflation to remain --> NOT PARALLEL

There you have it - option A is the only one that uses parallel structure for both items! If you can identify what type of SC question you're dealing with, it is a lot easier to check for common mistakes (parallelism, modifiers, subject-verb agreement, etc.).

Don't study for the GMAT. Train for it.

Do you have a check list of the different types of SC questions? I have covered all material but not sure how to divide SC questions into a check list that I can just tick off mentally each time I see a SC question.

Hello jamalabdullah100!

We actually cover this as part of our Sentence Correct course at EMPOWERgmat! We break down the different types of SC questions that are on the GMAT, and we also break down which ones are the most/least common! You are welcome to head over to our site to learn more!

I hope that helps!
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hi AjiteshArun

shouldn't there be a comma before and in choice A ?

Look forward to hearing from you.

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OFFICIAL EXPLANATION why C is wrong-
Tl;dr A is better than C even though C isn't wrong. "To continue to go" is worse than " to continue going".

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Although continue to go is not in itself wrong, avoiding the repetition of to by the equally correct continue going would be rhetorically better. The phrase with inflation to remain conveys no clear information and leaves us guessing: for example, is it meant to indicate in context that it was agreed that inflation's remaining under control would impede the continuation of the increase in the index? If this is the intended meaning OS (D) (E) not a meaning conveyed in the best version of the sentence above-it would be better expressed by, e.g., the clause if inflation remained..., plus dropping the comma immediately preceding it.

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Although the rise in the Producer Price Index was greater than expected, most analysts agreed that the index was unlikely to continue going up and that inflation remained essentially under control.

A. that the index was unlikely to continue going up and that inflation remained
B. that it was unlikely for the index continuing to go up and for inflation to remain
C. that the index was unlikely to continue to go up, with inflation to remain
D. on the unlikelihood that the index would continue going up and that inflation remained
E. on the unlikelihood that the index would continue to go up and for inflation to remain

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A. that the index was unlikely to continue going up and that inflation remained
B. that it was unlikely for the index continuing to go up and for inflation to remain
C. that the index was unlikely to continue to go up, with inflation to remain
D. on the unlikelihood that the index would continue going up and that inflation remained
E. on the unlikelihood that the index would continue to go up and for inflation to remain

Based on Parallelism alone, B,D and E are gone.

Between A and C, C incorrectly uses "with". (It also violates Parallelism but might not be obvious)

A is a clear winner.
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