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The Commerce Department announced that the economy grew during the second quarter at a 7.5 percent annual rate, while inflation eased when it might have been expected for it to rise.

A. it might have been expected for it to rise

B. it might have been expected to rise

C. it might have been expected that it should rise

D. its rise might have been expected

E. there might have been an expectation it would rise

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12 Aug 2006, 04:09
Instant (B), clear and concise. Expected and should together are redundant.

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13 Aug 2006, 15:12
The OA is (B).

Another idiom hidden Thanks guys
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13 Aug 2006, 22:11
ps_dahiya wrote:
B

though D is also correct but its passive.

Could you explain that further please ? I am confused between B and D but am inclined more towards D. That is because D uses the pronoun 'its' which qualifies "inflation" unambigously.
In my opinion, the 'it' in other options leave a chance (however minor that might be) for associating the pronoun with either inflation or the rise in economy...
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13 Aug 2006, 22:23
Clear B.

Clear and concise. Also as stated ..... D is passive.
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14 Aug 2006, 12:20
B WASD (without a shadow of doubt )
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ps_dahiya wrote:
B

though D is also correct but its passive.

Could you explain that further please ? I am confused between B and D but am inclined more towards D. That is because D uses the pronoun 'its' which qualifies "inflation" unambigously.
In my opinion, the 'it' in other options leave a chance (however minor that might be) for associating the pronoun with either inflation or the rise in economy...
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04 Aug 2007, 19:54
Don't know how D is passive...any thoughts??
B uses the correct idiom 'expected to rise'.
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05 Aug 2007, 04:55
I'm also confused between B and D. But will take B if 'expected to' is the correct idiom.
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20 Apr 2010, 16:32
Lot of confusion between B and D

Realised that D is passive (its rise is expected by x...here x can be understood but suggesting that it is passive) and moreover i dont think it is parallel too....inflation and its rise...

So going with B...
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02 May 2010, 00:26
i'd go with B.

avoid passive voice most of the time. it is a good choice only when it refers to science, medical or technical writing styles.
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Hey All,

Funny how everyone can get the right answer, yet as the thread goes on, more and more doubts seem to surface (not over the answer, of course, but the reason). Well, let's take a look.

The Commerce Department announced that the economy grew during the second quarter at a 7.5 percent annual rate, while inflation eased when it might have been expected for it to rise.

A. it might have been expected for it to rise
PROBLEM: This is an IDIOMS issue. We know this because we see changes in prepositions ("to" versus "for"). The idiom is "A is expected to B", not "it is expected for B to A".

B. it might have been expected to rise
ANSWER: This is the correct idiom.

C. it might have been expected that it should rise
PROBLEM: I'm not 100% sure that this is actually a WRONG idiom (expected that), but it's certainly horrific from a concision standpoint (though I hate concision issues, because they're so rare on the actual GMAT). However, it seems to me that the the "should" should be a "would". As in, "it might have been expected that it "would" rise. Should implies that it "ought to", where as would is the conditional verb to go with "might".

D. its rise might have been expected
PROBLEM: Not parallel. We're paralleling eased with something (inflation EASED when it might have Y). We need another verb, but this gives us a noun "rise".

E. there might have been an expectation it would rise
PROBLEM: Same as above. "Expectation" is a noun, and we want a verb.

Hope that helps!

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23 May 2010, 01:25
OG-11, SC Q#32, Page#675
The Commerce Department announced that the economy grew during the second quarter at a 7.5
percent annual rate, while inflation eased when it might have been expected for it to rise.
(A) it might have been expected for it to rise
(B) it might have been expected to rise
(C) it might have been expected that it should rise
(D) its rise might have been expected
(E) there might have been an expectation it would rise

I have a question regarding an incorrect answer(Ans choice-D), rather than the correct one (Ans choice-B)

Regarding the explaination of (D) on page 675, OG-11 mentions that 'its rise' should be parallel to 'inflation'. Why is it so? Is the word 'when' a parallel marker?
I will appreciate any clarification....
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I have a question regarding an incorrect answer(Ans choice-D), rather than the correct one (Ans choice-B)

Regarding the explaination of (D) on page 675, OG-11 mentions that 'its rise' should be parallel to 'inflation'. Why is it so? Is the word 'when' a parallel marker?
I will appreciate any clarification....

What the OG implies is that "inflation = it" rather than "inflation = its rise"
It does not matter that there there is a "when" what matters is that "inflation" is properly compared with another noun (or pronoun in subject form).

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27 May 2010, 00:48
bb wrote:
santy wrote:
I have a question regarding an incorrect answer(Ans choice-D), rather than the correct one (Ans choice-B)

Regarding the explaination of (D) on page 675, OG-11 mentions that 'its rise' should be parallel to 'inflation'. Why is it so? Is the word 'when' a parallel marker?
I will appreciate any clarification....

What the OG implies is that "inflation = it" rather than "inflation = its rise"
It does not matter that there there is a "when" what matters is that "inflation" is properly compared with another noun (or pronoun in subject form).

Edit: Posts Merged.

Thanks BB ! Thanks for merging the post too; didn't see earlier that the question was already posted. Tommy's explanation was spot on too.
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19 Feb 2014, 02:44
For option D

Main clause, While Inflation (subject) eased (verb) when (subordinate conjunction) its (Inflation's) rise blah blah blah....

refer :
(Main clause) Inflation (subject) eased (verb) when (subordinate conjunction) its (Inflation's) rise blah blah blah....
Parallelism is expected but option D is introducing rise as subject of subordinate clause.

In Option B
(Main clause) Inflation (subject) eased (verb) when (subordinate conjunction) it (Inflation) might have been blah blah blah....

Parallelism exist.

Thus B introduces much better construction than that of D.
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Hey All,

Funny how everyone can get the right answer, yet as the thread goes on, more and more doubts seem to surface (not over the answer, of course, but the reason). Well, let's take a look.

The Commerce Department announced that the economy grew during the second quarter at a 7.5 percent annual rate, while inflation eased when it might have been expected for it to rise.

A. it might have been expected for it to rise
PROBLEM: This is an IDIOMS issue. We know this because we see changes in prepositions ("to" versus "for"). The idiom is "A is expected to B", not "it is expected for B to A".

B. it might have been expected to rise
ANSWER: This is the correct idiom.

C. it might have been expected that it should rise
PROBLEM: I'm not 100% sure that this is actually a WRONG idiom (expected that), but it's certainly horrific from a concision standpoint (though I hate concision issues, because they're so rare on the actual GMAT). However, it seems to me that the the "should" should be a "would". As in, "it might have been expected that it "would" rise. Should implies that it "ought to", where as would is the conditional verb to go with "might".

D. its rise might have been expected
PROBLEM: Not parallel. We're paralleling eased with something (inflation EASED when it might have Y). We need another verb, but this gives us a noun "rise".

E. there might have been an expectation it would rise
PROBLEM: Same as above. "Expectation" is a noun, and we want a verb.

Hope that helps!

-tommy

D is wrong because "its rise " is not idiomatic. the idiom is "rise in inflation" . end of story.

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The Commerce Department announced that the economy grew during the second quarter at a 7.5 percent annual rate, while inflation eased when it might have been expected for it to rise.

A. it might have been expected for it to rise

B. it might have been expected to rise

C. it might have been expected that it should rise

D. its rise might have been expected

E. there might have been an expectation it would rise

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When can only be used to indicate a particular point of time. Nothing else!!! Bad question....
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