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Experts examining trends in the housing market predict that the number

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Experts examining trends in the housing market predict that the number of annual home foreclosures will continue to increase while the number of new home sales will continue to decrease.

(A) the number of new home sales will continue to decrease

(B) those of new home sale decrease

(C) it decreases for new home sales

(D) those of new home sales decrease

(E) there are decreases for the number of new home sales


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Experts examining trends in the housing market predict that the number of annual home foreclosures will continue to increase while the number of new home sales will continue to decrease. - sentence is correct as it is.

Experts(subject) predict(verb), the number of(singular) will continue (singular)

(B) those of new home sale decrease - those here has no precedence
(C) it decreases for new home sales - the no of foreclosures and sales is not the same.
(D) those of new home sales decrease - same as B
(E) there are decreases for the number of new home sales - there are is wrong here

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Experts examining trends in the housing market predict that the number of annual home foreclosures will continue to increase while the number of new home sales will continue to decrease.

(A) the number of new home sales will continue to decrease

(B) those of new home sale decrease ('those' has no reference.)

(C) it decreases for new home sales (What does 'it' refer?)

(D) those of new home sales decrease (Same as B)

(E) there are decreases for the number of new home sales ('there are decreases' indicates many decreases, not a cumulative impact of decreases. The sentence conveys general predication. So, it should be overall 'decrease', which is singular. Moreover, the way the choice written seems to be awkward.)


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So, I think the correct answer would be A.

By using 'while', the author wants to convey a contrasting information. Choice A correctly conveys the intended contrast, without any error.

Experts examining trends in the housing market predict that the number of annual home foreclosures will continue to increase while the number of new home sales will continue to decrease.
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Answer A with no doubt :)

We are looking for the sentence that is parallel with the sentence right before ''while''.

the number of annual home foreclosures will continue to increase / while/ the number of new home sales will continue to decrease
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Official Explanation :

The sentence is correct as written. Those is ambiguous because it does not refer to anything specifically, so eliminate (B) and (D). It is similarly ambiguous, so eliminate (C).

The two remaining, (A) and (E), differ in how they order the words. The sentence is listing two possible future trends in the housing market, and the two things should be listed in parallel form. The non-underlined portion of the sentence uses continue to increase, and only (A) uses the parallel construction continue to decrease. The correct answer is (A).
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Experts examining trends in the housing market predict that the number of annual home foreclosures will continue to increase while the number of new home sales will continue to decrease.

(A) the number of new home sales will continue to decrease --> correct parallelism: The number of A will continue to increase while the number of B will continue to decrease

(B) those of new home sale decrease

(C) it decreases for new home sales

(D) those of new home sales decrease

(E) there are decreases for the number of new home sales
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