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16. 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

Please explain your answers.
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Jul 2007, 16:09
I think D.

(A) being is wrong.
(B) should...there is... is not grammatically correct
(C) "were the unemployment rate..." does not make sense at all
(E) not very concise. "when there is an unemployment rate that is four percent" would be better phrased as "when the unemployment rate is four percent"
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Jul 2007, 20:36
use between here

is .. is ... parallel construction

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Re: Brutal SC # 16 [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2007, 18:49
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16. 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

Please explain your answers.
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factual conditional in the present tense uses present tense in both clauses so I go with D.
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2007, 18:50
AimHigher wrote:
use between here

is .. is ... parallel construction

Pick D


i didn't even pick up on that but yes; between compares two things... we use amoung for comparisons amoung 3 or more. good catch
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2007, 19:01
pick D. use if in conditional sentences.other reason is ||ism.
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