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The figures will likely strengthen concern among economists already worried about how Japan's domestic-driven recovery will fare once the nation's sales tax is raised to 8% from 5% in April.

I parse the sentence like this:

The figures / will likely strengthen / concern / among economists/ (who/ are) already / worried/ about (how /Japan's domestic-driven recovery /will fare / once / the nation's sales tax / is raised / to 8% from 5% / in April). Economists / expect / at least a temporary chill / in demand (when / the new rate / goes into effect.)

I wonder whether the way I parse the sentence is right.

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the beginning of sentence "The figures will likely strengthen" seem to have a problem. You can edit it to "The figures will most likely strengthen" or "The figures will probably strengthen"

The figures / will most likely/ strengthen concern / among economists/ (who are)/ already worried about/ (how /Japan's domestic-driven recovery /will fare / once the nation's sales tax / is raised / to 8% from 5% / in April)./ Economists expect / at least /a temporary chill / in demand /(when / the new rate / goes into effect.)

whatever in parenthesis should begin separately and end separately (as marked) , when that is done the next step would be to see where you want to stress. you can stress at the concern, economists, worried, Japan's ... ,to 8%, new rate.

Think about what is important , stress them, parse it and then try reading it. The final version comes when you try speaking and getting the message to be conveyed.

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  • I don't see a problem with 'likely strengthen'. Adding 'most' just increases the likelihood. Jul 26 '15 at 18:38

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