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# Retail sales rose 8/10 of 1 percent in August, intensifying

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08 Feb 2017, 09:46
td wrote:
Retail sales rose 8/10 of 1 percent in August, intensifying expectations that personal spending in the July-September quarter more than doubled that of the 1.4 percent growth rate in personal spending for the previous quarter.

A. that personal spending in the July-September quarter more than doubled that of
B. that personal spending in the July-September quarter would more than double
C. of personal spending in the July-September quarter, that it more than doubled
D. of personal spending in the July-September quarter, more than doubling that of
E. of personal spending in the July-September quarter, that it would more than double that of

1) In this case, "expectation THAT" is the correct usage - eliminates C, D and E
2) "doubled" is the wrong tense to use here based on the context of the sentence. - eliminates A

I have highlighted the errors in the options above.
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13 Mar 2017, 07:31
The answer is of course option B. But, I have a doubt and need some expert comments on that.

I eliminated options C, D, and E on the following basis:

...expectations of personal spending...

It's like the personal spending has expectations and those expectations have been intensified. This construction seemed to me quite awkward and I thus eliminated the options. But the official explanation -- (D) Although this option is not technically wrong, it is less clear and graceful than (B) -- doesn't find anything wrong with the construction.
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13 Mar 2017, 07:34
The answer is of course option B. But, I have a doubt and need some expert comments on that.

I eliminated options C, D, and E on the following basis:

...expectations of personal spending...

It's like the personal spending has expectations and those expectations have been intensified. This construction seemed to me quite awkward and I thus eliminated the options. But the official explanation -- (D) Although this option is not technically wrong, it is less clear and graceful than (B) -- doesn't find anything wrong with the construction.
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14 Mar 2017, 11:54
subrataroy0210 wrote:
The answer is of course option B. But, I have a doubt and need some expert comments on that.

I eliminated options C, D, and E on the following basis:

...expectations of personal spending...

It's like the personal spending has expectations and those expectations have been intensified. This construction seemed to me quite awkward and I thus eliminated the options. But the official explanation -- (D) Although this option is not technically wrong, it is less clear and graceful than (B) -- doesn't find anything wrong with the construction.

I agree with you. I read somewhere that the explanations in OG are not written by the same experts who write the questions. These experts who write the explanations are not as highly talented as the ones who write the questions. However I cannot confirm the authenticity of this information.
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30 Mar 2017, 23:11
I also think B should be the answer, but I am thinking why it has no parallel "in quarter" vs "for previous quarter"
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31 Mar 2017, 20:23
Merged topics. Please, search the questions before posting them.
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14 May 2017, 10:29
td wrote:
Retail sales rose 8/10 of 1 percent in August, intensifying expectations that personal spending in the July-September quarter more than doubled that of the 1.4 percent growth rate in personal spending for the previous quarter.

A. that personal spending in the July-September quarter more than doubled that of
B. that personal spending in the July-September quarter would more than double
C. of personal spending in the July-September quarter, that it more than doubled
D. of personal spending in the July-September quarter, more than doubling that of
E. of personal spending in the July-September quarter, that it would more than double that of

The OA is B, while I chose D and B as the second best answer. Isn't it more idiomatic to say "expectations of"?

A "That of" is redundant since the non-underlined portion already includes "1.4 percent growth rate."
B Correct.
C "That it more than..." has no clear antecedent since it follows a verb-ing modifier.
D "That of" is redundant since the non-underlined portion already includes "1.4 percent growth rate."
E "That of" is redundant since the non-underlined portion already includes "1.4 percent growth rate."
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