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With California expected to see severe electricity shortfalls and perhaps blackouts on as many as 30 days this summer, the administration has grown increasingly concerned about public health and safety there

A. With California expected to see severe electricity shortfalls and perhaps blackouts on as many as 30 days this summer, the administration has grown increasingly concerned about

B. With California expecting to see severe electricity shortfalls this summer, and there will possibly be blackouts for as much as 30 days, the administration's concern has grown increasingly about

C. As California is expected to be seeing severe electricity shortfalls and perhaps blackouts on as much as 30 days this summer, the administration's concern is increasing for

D. Insofar as California is expected to see severe electricity shortfalls this summer, and there will possibly be blackouts as many as 30 days, the administration has increasing concern about

E. Insofar as California expects to see severe electricity shortfalls and the possibility of blackouts for 30 days this summer, the administration has grown increasingly concerned about
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A question of style and idiom

A. With California expected to see severe electricity shortfalls and perhaps blackouts on as many as 30 days this summer, the administration has grown increasingly concerned about --- By about the best.

B. with California expecting to see severe electricity shortfalls this summer and there will possibly be blackouts for as much as 30 days, the administration's concern has grown increasingly about --- as much as – a wrong idiom.

C. As California is expected to be seeing severe electricity shortfalls and perhaps blackouts on as much as 30 days this summer, the administration's concern is increasing for ----- as much as – a wrong idiom.

D. Insofar as California is expected to see severe electricity shortfalls this summer, and there will possibly be blackouts as many as 30 days, the administration has increasing concern about – In so far as means in as much as ; The problem is in blackouts as 30 days – which leads to weird comparison .

E. Insofar as California expects to see severe electricity shortfalls and the possibility of blackouts for 30 days this summer, the administration has grown increasingly concerned about --- ‘blackouts for’ is not idiomatic; it should be ‘blackouts


Generally, the sentence construction is rather poor.

Option D has been wrongly typed. Correct option is:

D. Insofar as California is expected to see severe electricity shortfalls this summer, and there will possibly be blackouts on as many as 30 days, the administration has increasing concern about

Can you please point the error now?

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daagh wrote:
A question of style and idiom

A. With California expected to see severe electricity shortfalls and perhaps blackouts on as many as 30 days this summer, the administration has grown increasingly concerned about --- By about the best.

B. with California expecting to see severe electricity shortfalls this summer and there will possibly be blackouts for as much as 30 days, the administration's concern has grown increasingly about --- as much as – a wrong idiom.

C. As California is expected to be seeing severe electricity shortfalls and perhaps blackouts on as much as 30 days this summer, the administration's concern is increasing for ----- as much as – a wrong idiom.

D. Insofar as California is expected to see severe electricity shortfalls this summer, and there will possibly be blackouts as many as 30 days, the administration has increasing concern about – In so far as means in as much as ; The problem is in blackouts as 30 days – which leads to weird comparison .

E. Insofar as California expects to see severe electricity shortfalls and the possibility of blackouts for 30 days this summer, the administration has grown increasingly concerned about --- ‘blackouts for’ is not idiomatic; it should be ‘blackouts


Generally, the sentence construction is rather poor.

Option D has been wrongly typed. Correct option is:

D. Insofar as California is expected to see severe electricity shortfalls this summer, and there will possibly be blackouts on as many as 30 days, the administration has increasing concern about

Can you please point the error now?


I believe the error here is parallelism. California is expected to see X and there is possibility of Y

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With California expected to see severe electricity shortfalls and perhaps blackouts on as many as 30 days this summer, the administration has grown increasingly concerned about public health and safety there

A. With California expected to see severe electricity shortfalls and perhaps blackouts on as many as 30 days this summer, the administration has grown increasingly concerned about

B. With California expecting to see severe electricity shortfalls this summer, and there will possibly be blackouts for as much as 30 days, the administration's concern has grown increasingly about

C. As California is expected to be seeing severe electricity shortfalls and perhaps blackouts on as much as 30 days this summer, the administration's concern is increasing for

D. Insofar as California is expected to see severe electricity shortfalls this summer, and there will possibly be blackouts as many as 30 days, the administration has increasing concern about

E. Insofar as California expects to see severe electricity shortfalls and the possibility of blackouts for 30 days this summer, the administration has grown increasingly concerned about



Hi mikemcgarry,

Though I understand why A is correct, I would require a bit of your help here.

1. I wanted to understand the difference between the usage of expected in A vs expecting and B.
2. Also, is "to be seeing" as mentioned in C idiomatic ?

Thanks in advance :-)

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Hi mikemcgarry,

Though I understand why A is correct, I would require a bit of your help here.

1. I wanted to understand the difference between the usage of expected in A vs expecting and B.
2. Also, is "to be seeing" as mentioned in C idiomatic ?

Thanks in advance :-)

Dear Poorvasha,

I'm happy to respond. :-)

First of all, the "to be seeing" in (C) is train wreck wrong. This is very specifically a trap for all the non-native speakers who do not understand the difference between the present and the present progressive. We use the progressive tenses when we want to emphasis that the action is in the process of taking place: we are emphasizing the action as an ongoing activity. The "seeing" will happen, but we are not concerned with the actual performance of this activity. The progressive tense is utterly useless in this context.

The construction in (A) is a some rare and extremely sophisticated construction. The construction in (B) is a typical mistake pattern. See:
with + [noun] + [participle] on GMAT Sentence Correction

Does all this make sense?
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In option A, what exactly has grown??? Option b correctly specifies that administrations' concerns has grown.

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rahulsinha2103 wrote:
In option A, what exactly has grown??? Option b correctly specifies that administrations' concerns has grown.


In option A, the administration has grown (increasingly concerned) - the word "grown" is used in the sense "become".

Option B ("concern has grown") would also be correct, but the problem in B is the use of the clause "there will possibly be blackouts.." in parallel with the prepositional phrase " With California expecting ...".

Moreover a case of run-on sentence (two indepedent clauses separated by a comma) arises because of such structure.

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