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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
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.
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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