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The company announced that its profits declined much less in the second quarter than analysts had expected it to and its business will improve in the second half of the year.

A) had expected it to and its business will improve
B) had expected and that its business would improve
C) expected it would and that it will improve its business
D) expected them to and its business would improve
E) expected and that it will have improved its business

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This is another one that we covered in our recent YouTube webinar on verb tenses, so if you prefer your SC explanations in video form, feel free to head over there. We covered some pretty nasty official examples (including this SOB); fortunately, this one is a little bit gentler.

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(A) had expected it to and its business will improve

Whenever you see the past perfect tense on the GMAT (“had expected”), then you’ll want to look for some other “time marker” that occurs in the more recent past, generally in the form of an action in the simple past tense. And it looks like we have that here: first, analysts “had expected” profits to decline, and then the company later announced that its profits declined less than expect. Fair enough.

Trouble is, the pronoun “it” is definitely wrong. “It” could refer to “company”, but that wouldn’t make sense: the company had expected profits to decline, so we need this to say “had expected THEM to.” (A) is out.

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(B) had expected and that its business would improve

This looks pretty good. Just as in (A), the past perfect “had expected” makes perfect sense. The parallelism works, too: “and” is followed by a subordinate clause, “that its business would improve.” So that gives us the following: “The company announced that its profits declined… and that its business would improve in the second half of the year…” Fair enough. And the conditional “would” also makes sense, since it’s a prediction about the future that’s made in the past.

So we’ll keep (B).

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(C) expected it would and that it will improve its business

This has the same pronoun problem as (A): the first “it” needs to refer to “profits” in order for the sentence to make sense.

You could also argue that the phrase “the company announced… that it will improve its business” doesn’t correctly convey the intended meaning: as written, the phrase suggests that the company will take actions to make its business run differently, instead of simply saying that “business will improve” – which would correctly imply that revenue will improve.

And even if you’re not convinced by that last paragraph, (C) is out because of the pronoun thing.


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(D) expected them to and its business would improve

(D) isn’t a complete disaster, but it’s a crappier version of (B). First, the sentence makes much more sense with the past perfect “had expected”, because there are two actions (“expected profits to decline” and “announced that profits declined less…”) that happened at different times in the past.

Also, the parallelism isn’t great here. The parallelism marker “and” is followed by the clause “its business would improve”, and that isn’t ideal in GMAT-land. It’s not clear whether “its business would improve” is parallel to “analysts expected them to” or “its profits declined…” – both are clauses, so either would be structurally parallel, and that’s confusing.

But if “that” is included – as it is in (B) – then the parallelism is much, much clearer (see the explanation for (B) above).

So (B) is better than (D), and (D) can be eliminated.

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(E) expected and that it will have improved its business

(E) has the same verb tense problem as (D): the sentence makes more sense if we use the past perfect “had expected” to clarify the timeline of the past actions. Plus, it makes more sense to say that “business would improve” (suggesting that revenue increased) instead of “it will have improved its business” (which implies that the company will make changes to make the business itself better). That’s enough for us to prefer (B) over (E).

You can stop here. The answer is (B), and we’re done. But if you’re curious about the phrase “will have improved” – which isn’t all that important – keep reading.

You’re not going to see this very often on the GMAT – and it’s rarely a deciding factor when it does appear – but the phrase “will have + verb” suggests an action that will occur in the future, but before some “time marker” later in the future. For example, you could say “By the time my wife gives birth, I will have spent nine months in utter terror at the prospect of becoming a parent.” The phrase “will have spent” is in the future – but it occurs BEFORE the other future action (my wife giving birth). And in (E), there’s no reason to use that tense: “will have improved in the second quarter”… before what, exactly? The simpler, conditional “would” makes more sense.

And if that last paragraph didn’t strike a chord with you, no worries – you generally don’t need to worry about it on the GMAT. As long as you chose (B), life is good.
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I think B for parallelism and

had expected over expected since the expectation happened before 'profits declined'

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I think answer is B

The company announced that its profits declined much less in the second quarter than analysts had expected it to and its business will improve in the second half of the year.

Here it refers to profits which is wrong.

Also use of "would" is preferred to use of "will" since company is predicting about profits

And the use of "that" will make the sentence parallel.

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The company announced that its profits declined much less in the second quarter than analysts had expected it to and its business will improve in the second half of the year.

The earlier past action, had expected, pairs with a simple past action, declined: first, analysts expected the company profits (and possibly rose or declined) and, later, the company announced the profits declined.
Hence eliminate C,D and E.
In A, "will" cannot be accepted since this construction expresses the future from the point of view of the past: "the company announced that"

Hence C correct.

A) had expected it to and its business will --- Parallelism and Verb Tense
B) had expected and that its business would improve --- CORRECT
C) expected it would and that it will improve its business --- Verb Tense
D) expected them to and its business would improve --- Verb Tense
E) expected and that it will have improved its business --- Verb Tense
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+1 for B on account of parallelism. That ... and that ... Moreover other options have ambiguity with respect to usage of it. hence option B.
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A) had expected it to and its business will improve
B) had expected and that its business would improve
C) expected it would and that it will improve its business
D) expected them to and its business would improve
E) expected and that it will have improved its business

Eliminated A, C and E because it used 'will' instead of 'would'

Between B and D, option D is wrong because 'them' is wrong

Hence option B is the right answer.

Also, we need parallelism. That the profits.....and that its business would improve.

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Hence C correct.

A) had expected it to and its business will --- Parallelism and Verb Tense
B) had expected and that its business would improve --- CORRECT
C) expected it would and that it will improve its business --- Verb Tense
D) expected them to and its business would improve --- Verb Tense
E) expected and that it will have improved its business --- Verb Tense


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Hence C correct.

A) had expected it to and its business will --- Parallelism and Verb Tense
B) had expected and that its business would improve --- CORRECT
C) expected it would and that it will improve its business --- Verb Tense
D) expected them to and its business would improve --- Verb Tense
E) expected and that it will have improved its business --- Verb Tense


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I mistyped. Thanks for pointing out.





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I think it is B because it is the only choice that has the right verb tense and correct use of parallelism.

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The company announced that its profits declined much less in the second quarter than analysts had expected it to and its business will improve in the second half of the year.

A) had expected it to and its business will improve
B) had expected and that its business would improve
C) expected it would and that it will improve its business
D) expected them to and its business would improve
E) expected and that it will have improved its business

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Error Analysis: Had Expected "it" is wrong - Pronoun error. Since profits is plural, the pronoun should be plural. However, this is not a deterministic error, therefore we will try to find some other error.
There is also a lack of parallelism in the sentence, the first clause starts with "that its business.." while the second clause lacks the same format.
The usage of "it to" after expected is redundant.

Process of Elimination: A) had expected it to and its business will improve - Wrong because of the explanation above
B) had expected and that its business would improve - the redundant "it to" is removed and parallelism is maintained by using "that its business.." which is parallel to "that its profits.."
C) expected it would and that it will improve its business - Parallelism is introduced by "it" is more wordy, hence B is better.
D) expected them to and its business would improve - Pronoun error has been rectified but Parallelism error remains.
E) expected and that it will have improved its business - Redundant "it to" is removed but "that it will have improved its business" is neither parallel to the non-underlined part, nor the use of Future Perfect Tense is justified because that would alter the meaning of the sentence.

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"would improve" would be correct to say as it is going to occur in the future and now coming to the first part of the sentence,(going by options it boils down to B and D) by using the above mentioned statements. D would be wrong as it uses them for profits which is wrong so answer is B

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trungnguyenn wrote:
nileshm wrote:
trungnguyenn wrote:

Hence C correct.

A) had expected it to and its business will --- Parallelism and Verb Tense
B) had expected and that its business would improve --- CORRECT
C) expected it would and that it will improve its business --- Verb Tense
D) expected them to and its business would improve --- Verb Tense
E) expected and that it will have improved its business --- Verb Tense


*Hence B Correct* you meant?

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I mistyped. Thanks for pointing out.





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The company announced that its profits declined much less in the second quarter than analysts had expected it to and its business will improve in the second half of the year.

A) had expected it to and its business will improve
B) had expected and that its business would improve
C) expected it would and that it will improve its business
D) expected them to and its business would improve
E) expected and that it will have improved its business

1st Split -- Had Expected vs Expected
Draw a Time Line for easy understanding and to check whether the usage of DOUBLE PAST is actually required?

PAST______________________________T1________________________________T2____________________________PRESENT
T1 - Analysts had expected profits to decline to some value, say X.
T2 - Profits declined to a value, say Y (where, Y<X)

As we can see we need a VERB SEQUENCING here, to arrange the two events that happened in the past at different time frames T1 and T2.

This eliminates choices C,D, and E.

2nd Split : PRONOUN NUMBER AGREEMENT ERROR.

As "it" is referring back to profits so we need "them" instead of "it".

This eliminates choices A and C.

3rd Split : WILL vs WOULD
As the announcement is done in the past, so the usage of WOULD is correct.

This eliminates choices A, C, and E.

4th Split:
As per the intended meaning the company announced two things. SO we need a structure like -- company announced that........ and that...... Choices in which that is missing after the "and" are incorrect. Because otherwise, it will indicate a beginning of a new Independent Clause and the intended meaning will be lost.

This eliminates choices A and D.

Edit --- Also, I missed one thing -- the usage of "expected it to" AND "expected them to" is INCORRECT. Only using "expected" would suffice. :)

So, choice B is the clear winner. 8-)

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