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The surge in first-quarter luxury retail and level auto sales indicate

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The surge in first-quarter luxury retail and level auto sales indicate that post-holiday consumer confidence is higher than analysts previously predicted.

A. sales indicate that post-holiday consumer confidence is higher than analysts previously predicted

B. sales indicates that post-holiday consumer confidence is higher than analysts have previously predicted

C. sales indicates that post-holiday consumer confidence is higher as analysts have previously predicted

D. sales, indicating about post-holiday consumer confidence that it is higher than previously predicted by analysts

E. sales, indicating post-holiday consumer confidence is higher than previously predicted to be by analysts

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The surge in first-quarter luxury retail and level auto sales indicate that post-holiday consumer confidence is higher than analysts previously predicted

A. sales indicate that post-holiday consumer confidence is higher than analysts previously predicted
—> The surge ... indicates...(incorrect)

B. sales indicates that post-holiday consumer confidence is higher than analysts have previously predicted
Correct. (‘Subject+verb’ agreement is fine). Comparison is right.

C. sales indicates that post-holiday consumer confidence is higher as analysts have previously predicted
—> using ‘than’ after ‘higher’ should be correct. (Incorrect)

D. sales, indicating about post-holiday consumer confidence that it is higher than previously predicted by analysts
—> There is no main verb here. ‘The surge...’ is subject here. (Incorrect)

E. sales, indicating post-holiday consumer confidence is higher than previously predicted to be by analysts
The same as D.(Incorrect)

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The surge in first-quarter luxury retail and level auto sales indicate that post-holiday consumer confidence is higher than analysts previously predicted.

A. sales indicate that post-holiday consumer confidence is higher than analysts previously predicted

B. sales indicates that post-holiday consumer confidence is higher than analysts have previously predicted

C. sales indicates that post-holiday consumer confidence is higher as analysts have previously predicted

D. sales, indicating about post-holiday consumer confidence that it is higher than previously predicted by analysts

E. sales, indicating post-holiday consumer confidence is higher than previously predicted to be by analysts


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Creating a filter: When we read the sentence, the subject-verb agreement sounds potentially off. We cut out the prepositional phrase starting with the preposition "in," since none of the nouns in such a phrase can be the grammatical subject. That leaves "the surge indicate," which is incorrect. Choice (A) is out and we have a filter to evaluate the other choices.

Applying the filter: Choices (B) and (C) look good, according to our filter. Answer choices (D) and (E) make the sentence even worse -- it no longer has a main subject and verb, as every sentence must.

Finding objective defects: We're left with (B) and (C). Choice (C) uses the comparative "higher as," which is incorrect. "Higher" is a word of unequal comparison, so, as we have discussed in Classic Silent Film, the comparison word must be "than."

The correct answer is (B).
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