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## Placeholder "IT"

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anukrati Rising GMAT Star
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Placeholder "IT" Sat Sep 10, 2011 6:07 am
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Along with the drop in producer prices announced yesterday, the strong retail sales figures released today seem like it is indicative that the economy, although growing slowly, is not nearing recession.

a) like it is indicative that
b) as if to indicate
c) to indicate that
d) indicative of
e) like an indication of

I know that option A is incorrect. But I am having problem of Placeholder "IT" concept as per MGMAT SC Book.
In option A why cant "it" refer to THAT-Clause.
According to OG here "it" is referring to "sales figures"

Can anyone explain me the concept of Placeholder IT
And also tell me when do we use the concept of "Placeholder IT"

Thanks

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Sat Sep 10, 2011 6:24 am
it is a singular pronoun referring to a plural subject sales figures. Hence it is wrong

C is the answer

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Sat Sep 10, 2011 6:31 am
sl750 wrote:
it is a singular pronoun referring to a plural subject sales figures. Hence it is wrong

C is the answer
sl750 my question is why "it" here not working as placeholder IT which can refer to THAT-Clause.

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Sat Sep 10, 2011 6:40 am
Also can anyone tell me why "Indicative of" in Option D cannot introduce a clause.

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Sat Sep 24, 2011 7:25 am
anukrati wrote:
sl750 wrote:
it is a singular pronoun referring to a plural subject sales figures. Hence it is wrong

C is the answer
sl750 my question is why "it" here not working as placeholder IT which can refer to THAT-Clause.
Two observations

1. I think the subject of the sentence is just the ECONOMY. THAT clause is not the subject of the sentence and hence its not appropriate to use the Placeholder IT.

2. Option 1 can also be eliminated based on redundancy - both seem and like are not required, either would serve the purpose.

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Sat Sep 24, 2011 8:06 am
anukrati wrote:
Along with the drop in producer prices announced yesterday, the strong retail sales figures released today seem like it is indicative that the economy, although growing slowly, is not nearing recession.

a) like it is indicative that
b) as if to indicate
c) to indicate that
d) indicative of
e) like an indication of

I know that option A is incorrect. But I am having problem of Placeholder "IT" concept as per MGMAT SC Book.
In option A why cant "it" refer to THAT-Clause.
According to OG here "it" is referring to "sales figures"

Can anyone explain me the concept of Placeholder IT
And also tell me when do we use the concept of "Placeholder IT"

Thanks
Firstly , This is a wrong use of an idiom . If u have mgmat sc guide check the list of wrong idioms bracketed below Seems
Secondly
The words seems , when it follows a noun , describes the noun or describes how the noun appears as something or does something
According to the list of correct idioms the word seems can be used with a placeholder IT in the foll. way
IT seems as if X demonstrates Y .
For Clarification i advise you to read the MGMAT Guide Idioms Chapter

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Sat Sep 24, 2011 8:28 am
anukrati wrote:
Along with the drop in producer prices announced yesterday, the strong retail sales figures released today seem like it is indicative that the economy, although growing slowly, is not nearing recession.

a) like it is indicative that ----- awkward
b) as if to indicate---- indicate that is the right usage
c) to indicate that
d) indicative of
e) like an indication of

I know that option A is incorrect. But I am having problem of Placeholder "IT" concept as per MGMAT SC Book.
In option A why cant "it" refer to THAT-Clause.
According to OG here "it" is referring to "sales figures"

Can anyone explain me the concept of Placeholder IT
And also tell me when do we use the concept of "Placeholder IT"

Thanks

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