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To the surprise of those experts who predicted that last year’s sluggish retail economy would continue through this year, an early report indicates that sales figures for key stores in all 50 states – especially those in the Northeast – are on the rise.


A. that last year’s sluggish retail economy would continue through this year, an early report indicates that sales figures for key stores in all 50 states – especially those in the Northeast – are

B. last year’s sluggish retail economy is continuing through this year, an early report indicates that sales figures for key stores in all 50 states – especially those in the Northeast – are

C. that last year’s sluggish retail economy would continue through this year, an early report indicates that sales figures for key stores in all 50 states – especially those in the Northeast – is

D. that last year’s sluggish retail economy is continuing through this year, an early report indicates sales figures for key stores in all 50 states – especially those in the Northeast – is

E. that last year’s sluggish retail economy would continue through this year’s, an early report indicates that sales figures for key stores in all 50 states – especially those in the Northeast – are

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Originally posted by Bunuel on 10 May 2018, 01:46.
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Bunuel can you underline the part in the original sentence please?

A. that last year’s sluggish retail economy would continue through this year, an early report indicates that sales figures for key stores in all 50 states – especially those in the Northeast – are

B. ['that' missing] last year’s sluggish retail economy is continuing through this year, an early report indicates that sales figures for key stores in all 50 states – especially those in the Northeast – are

C. that last year’s sluggish retail economy would continue through this year, an early report indicates that sales figures for key stores in all 50 states – especially those in the Northeast – is

D. that last year’s sluggish retail economy is continuing through this year, an early report indicates ['that' missing] sales figures for key stores in all 50 states – especially those in the Northeast – is

E. that last year’s sluggish retail economy would continue through this year’s, an early report indicates that sales figures for key stores in all 50 states – especially those in the Northeast – are
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Bunuel can you underline the part in the original sentence please?

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B and D use incorrect tense in 'is'

C uses 'is' for figures.

E is incorrect because of "year's"

A is correct.

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A. that last year’s sluggish retail economy would continue through this year, an early report indicates that sales figures for key stores in all 50 states – especially those in the Northeast – are - Correct

B. last year’s sluggish retail economy is continuing through this year, an early report indicates that sales figures for key stores in all 50 states – especially those in the Northeast – are - Prediction is with reference to the future. So 'would' is required.

C. that last year’s sluggish retail economy would continue through this year, an early report indicates that sales figures for key stores in all 50 states – especially those in the Northeast – is - Subject verb agreement error. 'sales figures' is plural. We need the verb 'are'.

D. that last year’s sluggish retail economy is continuing through this year, an early report indicates sales figures for key stores in all 50 states – especially those in the Northeast – is - Same as C

E. that last year’s sluggish retail economy would continue through this year’s, an early report indicates that sales figures for key stores in all 50 states – especially those in the Northeast – are - Incorrectly refers to this year's sluggish retail economy.

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Bunuel wrote:
To the surprise of those experts who predicted that last year’s sluggish retail economy would continue through this year, an early report indicates that sales figures for key stores in all 50 states – especially those in the Northeast – are on the rise.


A. that last year’s sluggish retail economy would continue through this year, an early report indicates that sales figures for key stores in all 50 states – especially those in the Northeast – are

B. last year’s sluggish retail economy is continuing through this year, an early report indicates that sales figures for key stores in all 50 states – especially those in the Northeast – are

C. that last year’s sluggish retail economy would continue through this year, an early report indicates that sales figures for key stores in all 50 states – especially those in the Northeast – is

D. that last year’s sluggish retail economy is continuing through this year, an early report indicates sales figures for key stores in all 50 states – especially those in the Northeast – is

E. that last year’s sluggish retail economy would continue through this year’s, an early report indicates that sales figures for key stores in all 50 states – especially those in the Northeast – are


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The most glaring decision point on this problem is the subject-verb agreement decision between "is" and "are" at the end of each answer choice. What does the sentence say is on the rise? It's "sales figures" (note that "for key stores" and "in all 50 states" are prepositional modifiers describing more about those sales figures) in all five choices, so the correct answer must have the plural "are." You can therefore eliminate (C) and (D) for using the singular "is."

Choice (E) is incorrect for a logical meaning error. If you notice, the phrase "through this year's" uses the possessive for "year's," meaning that something belongs to the year. And what is being possessed? That's implied from "last year's sluggish economy" ("last year's sluggish economy would continue through this year's (sluggish economy"). That doesn't make sense: the sentence wants to say that last year's economy will continue through this year, not this year's economy. So choice (E) is incorrect.

Between (A) and (B) notice that the two main differences are that (A) begins with "that" while (B) changes "would continue" with "is continuing." Note the verb tense with (B): "predicted" places the sentence in the past, so you need a conditional that starts in the past and continues into the future. “Would” fits the bill for that since it is 1) a conditional and 2) starts at a time earlier than when the sentence takes place. The verb “is” is present progressive, meaning that it is only talking about the growth happening right now, not during the entire time in question. (B) is therefore incorrect, making the correct answer (A).
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