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Employment costs rose 2.8 percent in the 12 months that ended in September, slightly less than they did in the year that ended in the previous quarter.

A. less than they did
B. less than it did
C. less than they were
D. lower than
E. lower than they were
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Apr 2006, 23:31
One more for A. But can someone please explain the proper usage of lower and lesser to me? Always end up gettting confused.... :?
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Apr 2006, 06:01
Employment costs rose 2.8 percent in the 12 months that ended in September, slightly less than they did in the year that ended in the previous quarter.

A. less than they did
B. less than it did
C. less than they were
D. lower than
E. lower than they were -> CORRECT! because we are talking about rise and fall, and not less or more!
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Apr 2006, 06:11
I think we use lower when we talk in qualitative terms, in size persay.
and less in qualitative terms say difference.

Please notice usage of less and lower in below sentence.

eg.
"The human, no less than the lower forms of life, is a product of the evolutionary process"

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 [#permalink] New post 07 Apr 2006, 09:43
"Less" will be appropriate here. "Employment costs" is plural.

So, D, B, E are out.
Between C and A, I choose A because of parallelism.

What's the OA?
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Apr 2006, 10:46
^ A ^

Employment costs rose 2.8 percent in the 12 months that ended in September, slightly less than they did in the year that ended in the previous quarter.

"they" and "did" are necessary here as I made the parts bold above..


>>"less" is a quantifier so it is an adv. it is correct to say "..costs less than..".

>>"lower" is and adj. it would be correct to say:
Employment costs were lower than... or
A lower cost of..
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Apr 2006, 11:03
One more for 'A'.
Selene has already explained. :-D
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Apr 2006, 11:11
OA is A.

Great explanation Selene.

selene wrote:
^ A ^

Employment costs rose 2.8 percent in the 12 months that ended in September, slightly less than they did in the year that ended in the previous quarter.

"they" and "did" are necessary here as I made the parts bold above..


>>"less" is a quantifier so it is an adv. it is correct to say "..costs less than..".

>>"lower" is and adj. it would be correct to say:
Employment costs were lower than... or
A lower cost of..
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