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30 Aug 2007, 22:20
(A) awkward sentence
(B) 'among' is wong. should be 'between'
(C) 'there is a rough balance' is wrong use of subjunctive.
(D) if the unemployment rate is four per cent, there is a rough balance between jobs and job seekers
(E) 'unemployment rate that is four per cent' is awkward

Go with D.
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31 Aug 2007, 03:07
D seems to be correct.
If X then Y is correct idiom.
All the choices seem to have one or the other mistake, and D seems to have the least glaring!
What's the OA
zoom612 wrote:
I think it is D.
But isn't 'then' necessary after 'if' .
if.....then
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31 Aug 2007, 05:46
between B and D

freetheking wrote:
among jobs and job seekers is wrong..
should be between jobs and job seekers!.
CD survives..

pick D because among in B is wrong.

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05 Jun 2008, 20:13
AND the award goes to D
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05 Jun 2008, 22:28
I'm still a bit confused on this one.

In the MSC guide (page 40 for IF/THEN clauses), it says find the verb tense in the IF statement, so "is". Since "is" is the simple present tense, then the THEN clause should have WILL + BASE VERB.

These answer choices don't really follow these rules. Following the SC guide, D should have "IF... (THEN) there WILL BE a rough balance between..."

C is odd/awkward but doesn't use the IF/THEN statement so leaves me to guess that maybe C is the correct answer.
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05 Jun 2008, 22:31
Don't forget the 0 conditional:

If water is heated, it boils.
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05 Jun 2008, 23:03
kevincan wrote:
Don't forget the 0 conditional:

If water is heated, it boils.

Zero condition

Can not be C. Singular ==> Not WERE

Vote for D.
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06 Jun 2008, 00:05
Thanks guys! Clearly I haven't learned about the ZERO condition for IF/THEN statements. If anyone can point me in the right direction I'd appreciate it.
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06 Jun 2008, 04:26
MA wrote:
Until quite recently, American economists have assumed that the unemployment rate being four per cent, there is a rough balance among jobs and job seekers.

(A) the unemployment rate being four per cent, there is a rough balance among jobs and job seekers
(B) should the unemployment rate be four per cent, there is a rough balance among jobs and job seekers
(C) were the unemployment rate four per cent, there is a rough balance between jobs and job seekers
(D) if the unemployment rate is four per cent, there is a rough balance between jobs and job seekers
(E) there is a rough balance among jobs and job seekers when there is an unemployment rate that is four per cent

I think D is the ideal choice here

but what subjunctive rule are we talking about
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08 Jun 2008, 15:17
I was between C and D, but D is correct because uses between instead of among.

So, D it is
Re: SC: American economists   [#permalink] 08 Jun 2008, 15:17

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