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# The Commerce Department announced that the economy grew

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The Commerce Department announced that the economy grew [#permalink]

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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

Can somebody please provide me with a detailed explanation to your answer? I really stumbled over this problem and so will need a very detailed explanation.
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15 Mar 2008, 17:02
Mebbe of some help to u, an excellent explanation fron Ron.

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The main issue here is lack of parallelism. 'Inflation' is a plain noun - and we're continuing to talk about inflation - so it's most logically parallel to continue the sentence in a manner that continues to address 'inflation' itself (or the equivalent pronoun 'it', which is what the correct answer does). Choice D unnecessarily switches the subject to 'its rise', creating a nonparallel construction that's also (arguably) more difficult to understand.
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16 Mar 2008, 10:26
D. the choice is between B and D. in B, "it" refers to "inflation" and not "inflation" but its rise was expected.

tarek99 wrote:
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

Can somebody please provide me with a detailed explanation to your answer? I really stumbled over this problem and so will need a very detailed explanation. thanks!

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