Can someone explain D and E. Thanks!
D. The economy of Britain grew more slowly
in the mid-1970's and declined much more rapidly
in the subsequent recession than did the economy of the United States.
Perfectly parallel: the economy is the subject of both actions.
E. Britain's economy grew more slowly
in the mid-1970's and its decline was much more rapid
during the subsequent recession than the economy of the United States.
Two different subject: the Britain's economy and its decline (seems the same but there is a difference)
The economy grew and then declined
The economy grew and then its decline was
First point in favor of D. Second point: the comparison.
The presence of "did" is D clarifies the comparison: the two economies are compared (Britain's and US's).
In E decline was much more rapid during the subsequent recession than the economy of the United States.
it's not clear: is the decline more rapid than the US economy? Not clear. In comparisons the presence of an auxiliary verb is necessary if the comparison is ambiguous (as in this case).
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