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The Official Guide for GMAT Review, 11th Edition, 2005

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Question No.: SC 32
Page: 642

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

Originally posted by kman on 09 Nov 2008, 17:50.
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02 May 2010, 10:25
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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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11 Nov 2008, 09:38
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D - passive.
B wins.

Rephrase with B - ..., while inflation eased when it (inflation) might have been expected to rise {Subject = Inflation}
Rephrase with D - ..., while inflation eased when its(inflation's) rise might have been expected {Subject = Inflation's rise}
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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

The OA/OE beats me

(A) it might have been expected for it to rise==>2 times use of IT makes it redundant.
(B) it might have been expected to rise==>this one CORRECT
(C) it might have been expected that it should rise===>REDUNDANT AND WORDY
(D) its rise might have been expected==>its not parallel...as we are talking 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')==>this choice unnecessarily switches the subject to 'its rise', creating a nonparallel construction
(E) there might have been an expectation it ==> ==>no reference for THERE///WORDY AND REDUNDANT.
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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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23 May 2010, 23:23
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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).

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09 Nov 2008, 18:15
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correct idiom usage is X is expected to Y

IMO B
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11 Nov 2008, 08:12
Hi guys,

IMO B

(A) it might have been expected for it to rise a little confussing, what doesvthe first it refer to?
(B) it might have been expected to rise Hold
(C) it might have been expected that it should rise for me wordy, the first it and second it don't have a clear reference
(D) its rise might have been expected pasive voice is not needed
(E) there might have been an expectation it would rise wordy

OA?

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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

Following Stacey Koprince's advice(More about Stacey's advice http://www.manhattangmat.com/blog/index ... e-problem/ ) , I tried to analyze the above mentioned problem. However I was not able to answer following questions.

1> What type of problem is it ? (example: S-V agreement, Parallelism, Comparison etc.)

2> What is the most efficient approach to solve it ?

3> How to recognize similar problems in future ?

Kindly help me to decode this problem. Well the OA to above problem is B

Originally posted by hrbiswal on 23 Feb 2014, 22:46.
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25 Feb 2014, 10:08
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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

Following Stacey Koprince's advice(More about Stacey's advice http://www.manhattangmat.com/blog/index ... e-problem/ ) , I tried to analyze the above mentioned problem. However I was not able to answer following questions.

1> What type of problem is it ? (example: S-V agreement, Parallelism, Comparison etc.)

2> What is the most efficient approach to solve it ?

3> How to recognize similar problems in future ?

Kindly help me to decode this problem. Well the OA to above problem is B

This is a SC with with mixed considerations:
1. Conditional: the conjunction while indicates reverse result of the commerce department's announcement. Thus here might have/would have required to express negative thought and been is for passive form of the sentence.

2. Infinitive: there are some verb which are followed by infinitive such as, agree, appear, arrange, choose, expect...........

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07 Jan 2016, 03:42
This problem can be categorized under the heading of parallelism. Although the parallelism is subtle."While" indicates comparison. On the left hand side of while we have "eased" which is a verb . Hence there has to be a verb on the right hand side too. Moreover expected to do something is the correct idiom. Hence combining the two rules we are left with just two answers "A" and "B".In"A" the second "it" is ambiguous. So we are left with "B" as the right answer. "D" is ruled out because "rise" is a noun in that answer choice.
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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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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 Expected to is correct idiom
(B) it might have been expected to rise
(C) it might have been expected that it should riseExpected to is correct idiom
(D) its rise might have been expected Passive Voice
(E) there might have been an expectation it would riseExpected to is correct idiom
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