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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

here the given ans is a i cant understand how a could be the ans because among is used when more then one thing is compared please help me
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19 Oct 2008, 10:55
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A is correct.

Among here is used for balance among jobs and job seekers both are plural

All other sentences are gramatically incorrect.
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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

here the given ans is a i cant understand how a could be the ans because among is used when more then one thing is compared please help me

WHATS the SOURCE ?
I dont think this is a GMAT official question !!!
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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
Use of "being" inappropriate
"Among" incorrectly used to compare 2 objects. "between" should be used instead.

(B) should the unemployment rate be four per cent, there is a rough balance among jobs and job seekers
"should the.. there is.." is incorrect
"Among" incorrectly used to compare 2 objects

(C) were the unemployment rate four per cent, there is a rough balance between jobs and job seekers
"were the.. there is.." is incorrect

(D) if the unemployment rate is four per cent, there is a rough balance between jobs and job seekers
Correct

(E) there is a rough balance among jobs and job seekers when there is an unemployment rate that is four per cent
"Among" incorrectly used to compare 2 objects
"Unemployment rate that is four per cent" is wordy

here the given ans is a i cant understand how a could be the ans because among is used when more then one thing is compared please help me

I think the OA is incorrect. Should be (D).
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19 Oct 2008, 23:15
Another important point to note in this SC is that, all choices except A, change the meaning of the sentence.
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19 Oct 2008, 23:59
Complex. A cannot be right because of "among". All other answer choices change meaning. Thus, keeping meaning in view, A can be the correct answer choice.
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ashish8221573 wrote:
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

here the given ans is a i cant understand how a could be the ans because among is used when more then one thing is compared please help me

What is the source of this SC ?? One of the weirdest SCs I've seen
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20 Oct 2008, 07:07
i think a cannot be the ans because use of being in gmatland is inaapropriate..

plus

among is use to differentiate more than 2 things..

between should be used..
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19 Nov 2009, 23:26
We never say Among A and B...so option A can never be right..here we can eliminate all options with among..
we will be left with C and D..Quesions is not underlined so I can't say if it si D or C...

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23 Nov 2009, 05:04
Remember this question from somewhere - D seems as the right answer.

Using "among" to evaluate 2 things is WRONG; it does not matter whether the number of the items is singular or plural. D seems to have the most concise and clear wording.
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31 Dec 2009, 08:01
could anyone explain me what's wrong with B?
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31 Dec 2009, 10:52
Although this is a weird SC question, IMO the answer should be E. I agree with swethapv that B,C, and D all change the meaning of the sentence. The economists are assuming the 'rough balance', not that the rate is four percent. Choice A just doesn't flow correctly; "unemployment rate being" doesn't make sense.

What's the source?
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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.

IMO: A.

b> Does not make sense. (Hypothetical mood...(using "Should" as hypothetical conditional)....

C> Does not make sense. (Hypothetical mood....(using "were" as hypothetical conditional)..... ).

D> This could be the ans if this would have been used proper hypothetical condition.
as : if the unemployment rate is four per cent, there WILL BE a rough balance between jobs and job seekers.

E> Lengthy & ambiguous...

So A is the best answer.
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19 Aug 2010, 12:51
Can you please tell the source of the Question?
Because somehow all the option appear to have one mistake or the other....so in that case we should choose the best among the wrong ones.
But even choosing that i can never get A
I get D as a answer.
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19 Aug 2010, 13:27
D sounds correct and has no mistakes at all
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ashish can you please let us know the Source and OA please...!!!!!
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21 Aug 2010, 02:49
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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.

A,B and E are simply out because of using Among instead of between. C is wrong because of "were .. there is .."

I will go with D..

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21 Aug 2010, 05:39
I'm thinking D

Can't use "among" for 2 terms so eliminate
(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
(E) there is a rough balance among jobs and job seekers when there is an unemployment rate that is four per cent

"Were..., there is..." doesn't make sense, eliminate
(C) were the unemployment rate four per cent, there is a rough balance between jobs and job seekers

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(D) if the unemployment rate is four per cent, there is a rough balance between jobs and job seekers
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21 Aug 2010, 11:09
I would any day pick "between" over "among" if the statement involved two things.

Hence D.
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21 Aug 2010, 12:48
Here is my opinion about between/among usage:

A> the unemployment rate being four per cent, there is a rough balance among jobs and job seekers

There are two groups: jobs & job seekers. So among is well placed.

e.g:
Ram divided all his property between/ among his children and grandchildren - both between and among are correct
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