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As analysts have predicted, the economy’s stability in the third quart

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As analysts have predicted, the economy’s stability in the third quarter of the year will probably not depend on the amount of available federal funding for financial organizations but is more than likely determined by the impact of the recent oil crisis on the global market.

(A) is more than likely

(B) more than likely to be

(C) more than likely will be

(D) it is more than likely

(E) it is more than likely that it be

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04 Apr 2018, 08:58
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As analysts have predicted, the economy’s stability in the third quarter of the year will probably not depend on the amount of available federal funding for financial organizations but is more than likely determined by the impact of the recent oil crisis on the global market.

(A) is more than likely

(B) more than likely to be

(C) more than likely will be

(D) it is more than likely

(E) it is more than likely that it be

Split #1: Using it would introduce a second noun, which isn't required here. It's clear that that "economy's stability" is the subject and that we don't require another pronoun in the form of "it". Therefore, we can preclude D) and E).

Decision #2: This choice is mainly about tenses. In the first part of the sentence we find "will not depend on [...], but". Our construction should be parallel to this clause. Answer C) does exactly that as "more than likely will be" maintains parallelism to the first construction. Thus, C) the correct choice. A) is incorrect because of the present tense and B) is incorrect because of the lack of a verb ("to be" is an infinitive and not a verb).

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05 Apr 2018, 07:08
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Meaning Analysis

This sentence tells us the analysts have made a prediction about the economy’s stability in the third quarter of the year. As per this prediction, we get to know two things about this stability:
1) It will probably not depend on the amount of the federal funding that is available for financial organizations.
2) And it is more than likely that this stability will be decided by the impact of the recent oil crisis on the global market.

Error Analysis

The simple present tense “is determined” is incorrect to make a future prediction.
Quote:
A) is more than likely

Incorrect:
This choice has the error found in the error analysis.
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B) more than likely to be

Incorrect:
The verb “will not depend” is not parallel to the phrase “more than likely to be”. Since “but” presents two contrasting items, these should be stated using parallel entities.
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C) more than likely will be

Correct:
This choice uses the correct verb tense i.e. the simple future tense to present a prediction for the future.
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D) it is more than likely

Incorrect:
1) This choice joins two independent clauses using just a connector “but”. This is incorrect since we need either “comma + FANBOYS” or a semicolon to join two ICs.
2) It has the same verb tense error as in choice A

Note that there is no error in the use of the pronoun “it”. It correctly refers to “the economy’s stability,” the subject of the previous clause.
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E) it is more than likely that it be

Incorrect:
1) This choice has the same sentence structure error as in choice D.

There are two uses of the pronoun “it” in this choice. Note that unlike Choice D, this choice uses the first “it” as a placeholder pronoun and the second “it” to refer to the noun “the economy’s stability.” There is no error in pronoun usage. However, the dependent clause “that it be determined” incorrectly uses the subjunctive verb form. There is no word in the sentence that requires the use of the subjunctive form. As noted above, the verb “determined” should be written in the simple future tense to correctly represent the intended meaning of the sentence.
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