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While a wealth of data support the belief that there is a recession already under way, some analysts say that conclusive evidence will not be available until next quarter.

A. support the belief that there is a recession already

B. supported the belief for there being a recession already

C. had supported the belief for a recovery already being

D. supports the belief that a recession is already

E. supports the belief for a recession already

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A. support the belief that there is a recession already - singular subject is required; see "there" - look for place.

B. supported the belief for there being a recession already - shift to past tense is not justifiable

C. had supported the belief for a recovery already being - same as (B)

D. supports the belief that a recession is already - IMO correct choice

E. supports the belief for a recession already - "belief for" is incorrect
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While a wealth of data support the belief that there is a recession already under way, some analysts say that conclusive evidence will not be available until next quarter.

A. support the belief that there is a recession already

B. supported the belief for there being a recession already

C. had supported the belief for a recovery already being

D. supports the belief that a recession is already

E. supports the belief for a recession already


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Creating a filter: When we read the sentence, we apply the brakes at "wealth of data support." We always check the subject and verb of a sentence, because every sentence must have a subject and verb. The subject is "wealth" and the verb is "support." That's wrong, because "wealth" is grammatically singular, even if its meaning conveys or implies plurality. We know the grammatical subject of the sentence isn't "data" because "data" is an object of the preposition "of." A noun that is the object of a preposition cannot be the subject of a verb; when you are looking for the noun that is the subject of a particular verb, you can ignore prepositional phrases. So, the correct answer probably has "wealth of data supports." Let's check the answer choices.

Applying the filter: We are down to (D) and (E).

Finding objective defectives: (D) is much better than (E). When a sentence expresses an indirect statement -- someone else's belief, assertion, or statement -- it is typically introduced as a clause with the word "that." And that's what's happening here. So the answer must be (D). We confirm that (B) and (C) are bogus. The verb tenses are off, since this belief is a general one, expressed in the present tense, and additionally they use the phrase "there being" and "already being," which are awkward.

The correct answer is (D).
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