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According to some economists, the July decrease in umemployment so that it was the lowest in two years suggests that the gradual improvement in job market is continuing.

(A) as underlined
(b) so that it was the lowest two-year rate
(c) to what would be the lowest in two years
(d) to a two-year low level
(e) to the lowest level in two years

Please explain the reasons...
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2006, 00:57
This would have been a tough one for me on the actual GMAT.....took me a while to figure out.....
I would go with Choice (D) because this seems like the best fit...

(A) and (B) start with 'so that' does'nt fit the sentence right.
(C) Is wordy and in the future tense.
(E) the word 'lowest' is a lil extreme.
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2006, 01:20
Will go with D.
A/B/C are awkward.

E - lowest is incorrect as only two years are being compared not all the years .
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2006, 01:31
Going to pick E.
A and B are out b'coz of ' so that it '.Also 'it' seems ambigous.
In C 'would be' makes the construction awkward.
In D , ' to a two year low ' would have been right.
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Re: SC - Rates [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2006, 01:37
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According to some economists, the July decrease in umemployment so that it was the lowest in two years suggests that the gradual improvement in job market is continuing.

(A) as underlined
(b) so that it was the lowest two-year rate
(c) to what would be the lowest in two years
(d) to a two-year low level
(e) to the lowest level in two years

Please explain the reasons...



A) Out because "so that" and ambigious "it"
B) Same with A
C) "would" is not appropriate here - future ???
D) a two-year low level is a general term. we are looking for a specific expression here !!
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Re: SC - Rates [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2006, 05:22
Beyond700 wrote:
According to some economists, the July decrease in umemployment so that it was the lowest in two years suggests that the gradual improvement in job market is continuing.

(A) as underlined
(b) so that it was the lowest two-year rate
(c) to what would be the lowest in two years
(d) to a two-year low level
(e) to the lowest level in two years

Please explain the reasons...


A - use of was incorrect
B - same as A
C - 'what would be' -awkward
D - two-year low level ??? what else can I say
E - should be it

So, my bet is on E
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2006, 17:52
OA indeed is 'E'

But OE is bit different than the ones shared in this thread..
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2006, 20:19
Beyond700 wrote:
OA indeed is 'E'

But OE is bit different than the ones shared in this thread..


Can you please post the OE :?:

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 [#permalink] New post 14 Jun 2006, 09:51
E... continuing improvement would imply current. to the lowest level implies current.
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Jun 2006, 06:01
To me D also looked correct as it's more concise. But OA is E.
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Jun 2006, 22:53
buzzgaurav wrote:
Beyond700 wrote:
OA indeed is 'E'

But OE is bit different than the ones shared in this thread..


Can you please post the OE :?:

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There you go with OE..

E, the best choice,employs idiomatic construction and uses the precise decrease...
to the lowest level.


Choices A and B are faulty construction. The adverbial so that can modify verbs(eg:-
decreased) but not nouns (eg: the decrease). The meaning of lowest two-year rate in B
is unclear;in any event the phrase distorts the intended meaning of lowest in two years.

In A and B, the referent of it is unclear, as the pronoun could refer to either
unemployment or decrease.

Choice 'C' improperly uses would be to describe a situation that is presented as a current
and known fact. Also, there is no noun for lowest to modify;clearly "the lowest decrease"
is not intended.

In D, the phrase two-year low level is unidiomatic, as well as unclear in its intended meaning
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Jun 2006, 00:30
Beyond700 wrote:
buzzgaurav wrote:
Beyond700 wrote:
OA indeed is 'E'

But OE is bit different than the ones shared in this thread..


Can you please post the OE :?:

.


There you go with OE..

E, the best choice,employs idiomatic construction and uses the precise decrease...
to the lowest level.


Choices A and B are faulty construction. The adverbial so that can modify verbs(eg:-
decreased) but not nouns (eg: the decrease). The meaning of lowest two-year rate in B
is unclear;in any event the phrase distorts the intended meaning of lowest in two years.

In A and B, the referent of it is unclear, as the pronoun could refer to either
unemployment or decrease.

Choice 'C' improperly uses would be to describe a situation that is presented as a current
and known fact. Also, there is no noun for lowest to modify;clearly "the lowest decrease"
is not intended.

In D, the phrase two-year low level is unidiomatic, as well as unclear in its intended meaning


Just as I thought :roll: ...Thanks for the OE.
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