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50. According to some economists, the July decrease in unemployment so that it was the lowest in two years suggests that the gradual improvement in the job market is continuing.
(A) so that it was the lowest in two years
(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
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15 Nov 2006, 17:22
Not sure if D or E. Going with E since I think lowest is better than low
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15 Nov 2006, 20:36
I remember seeing this in OG10, close your eyes & read the explanation in OG, it's the best!

Needless to say, you can still post the questions, it helps others.

Folks,
Do let me know if anybody doesn't have OG10 & needs explanation. (You can also PM me)
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15 Nov 2006, 22:02
Here's the explanation!

(couple of friends PMed me, so putting it here)

A - Referrent to 'it' is unclear (unemployment or decrease?). Also, 'so that' can modify 'verbs' (decreased) but not 'nouns' (the decrease)

B - same as "A" + the usage "lowest two year rate" is not clear

C - Awkward due to 'what would be'

D - the phrase 'two year low lever' is unidiomatic

E - good. It indicates 'the lowest level'
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07 Feb 2008, 16:42
(E) for me too.

Both (A) and (B) are out in my initial cut. (C) is too wordy to qualify. (D) is awkward: "Unemployment decreases to a two-year low." sounds alright, but "the decrease to a two-year low level consists of..." is not.
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09 Feb 2008, 00:57
The comparison of unemployment levels – As we know unemployment levels can have more than two possible values and if values are more than two possibilities , then superlative form of comparison is preferred.
On the other hand, if there are only two levels of comparison, then comparative form is preferred. Ex: The voter turnout rate is lower in recent election compare to 2004 elections.

(A) so that it was the lowest in two years (So that – showing cause and effect – eliminate it)
(B) so that it was the lowest two-year rate (So that – showing cause and effect – eliminate it)
(C) to what would be the lowest in two years (why would be? – eliminate it)
(D) to a two-year low level (Can have more than two levels – eliminate it)
(E) to the lowest level in two years(Hold it)

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20 May 2008, 00:21
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