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Employment costs rose up 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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Re: Comparisons [#permalink] New post 22 Mar 2012, 15:57
Where'd this question come from? "Rose up" is redundant ("up" is not necessary) and should be corrected as well! Which other direction has anything ever risen besides up?

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Re: Comparisons [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2012, 04:56
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Re: Comparisons [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2012, 00:40
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Employment costs rose up 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


B) it singular , Costs - Plural
D) lower than Costs in previous year is required

A,C, &E left

Lower/Less
They were/They did
Pls explain what to choose
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Re: Comparisons [#permalink] New post 04 Jun 2012, 03:05
lets analyze on my level. "employment costs" is an action noun so C and E are out. "it" incorrectly refer to the plural noun employment costs so B out. in D, comparison is incorrect.
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Re: Employment costs rose up 2.8 percent in the 12 months that [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2013, 06:08
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Re: Employment costs rose up 2.8 percent in the 12 months that [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2013, 08:10
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Can someone provide a detailed analysis on this one. Thanks!


Employment costs rose up 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.

We can eliminate B because it uses "it" to refer back to "costs".

A- less than they did
C- less than they were
D- lower than
E- lower than they were


If we use "were", the sentence makes no sense:

Employment costs rose up 2.8 percent in September, slightly less than they were in the year ...

We want to compare two rates; but this sentence compares a rate(costs rose up) to a static state (verb "to be": costs were)
Employment costs rose up 2.8 percent in September, slightly less than they were(say 10,000$) in the year ...<== no sense comparison

C and E are out. D is not a complete comparison: "lower than (what?) in the year that ended ...". A is correct, and it compares how the costs rose (two growth rates):

Employment costs rose up 2.8 percent in the 12 months that ended in September, slightly less than they did(=rose) in the year that ended in the previous quarter.
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Re: Employment costs rose up 2.8 percent in the 12 months that [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2014, 12:00
imadkho wrote:
Employment costs rose up 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


Let's use some splits for this one

Rose up is redundant

Eliminate A,B,C,D and E

J/K but if this is indeed from GMAT prep...that's a nasty mistake there

Anways we need less not lower so D,E are out
Between A,B,C
Costs are plural so B is out
Were is wrong verb so C is out

A stands

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Re: Employment costs rose up 2.8 percent in the 12 months that [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2014, 03:31
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