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# According to some analysts, the gains in

According to some analysts, the gains in the stock market reflect growing confidence that the economy will avoid the recession that many had feared earlier in the year and instead come in for a "soft landing," followed by a gradual increase in business activity.

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Cydney Seigerman, Magoosh Tutor

Hi Shray :) In this practice problem, the parallel structure is observed in this part of the sentence: "the economy will avoid the recession [...] and instead come in for a "soft landing". The parallelism is not between the noun "economy" and another noun but rather the verbs "avoid" and "come in". This is because both verbs are in reference to the noun "the economy." Does that make sense? Also, the word "instead" is an adjective and in this sentence is used to describe the way in which the economy will act. I hope this helps! :)

Nov 29, 2015 • Comment

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Shray Taneja

Nov 9, 2015 • Comment

Pete Rossman, Magoosh Tutor

Hi Shray, you're right that "instead to" isn't a correct idiomatic usage! One way we could rephrase the end of answer C correctly is "and rather come in for". :-)

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Ankish Kumar

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Dec 31, 2014 • Comment

Jonathan , Magoosh Tutor

According to some analysts, the gains in the stock market reflect growing confidence that the economy will avoid the recession that many had feared earlier in the year and instead come in for a "soft landing," followed by a gradual increase in business activity.

We don't NEED the past perfect tense here: we could use the simple past tense "feared."

However, it's not incorrect to use the past perfect tense because the sentence is referring to an action "had feared" that took place before a specific event in the past (the beginning of the stock market gains).

I would argue that that simple past "feared" is a more natural and better choice, but "had feared" still works.

As you said, we are choosing the BEST answer. The other answer choices have more definite errors, so we choose (A).

I hope that makes sense? :)

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Mike McGarry, Magoosh Tutor

May 22, 2013 • Comment

Shray Taneja

Hello

for the correct answer a. I have a question . The sentence has the word 'and' a parllelism marker . now the two parts are the economy will avoid blah blah and instead come in....The first part is a clause. The second part instead come....come is a verb . so here does the word instead acts like a noun . The real meaning of instead I .e. in stead.?