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# According to some economists, Japan is in danger of plunging

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According to some economists, Japan is in danger of plunging into a
depression that, with double-digit unemployment, could severely strain a society that regards lifetime employment as a virtual right of citizenship.

(A) that, with double-digit unemployment, could severely strain
(B) that, because of double-digit unemployment, could be a severe strain for
(C) with double-digit unemployment, and it could severely strain
(D) with double-digit unemployment and could be a severe strain
(E) with double-digit unemployment and could severely strain
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06 Jun 2006, 14:18
I think the original is fine

(A) clearly says that depression could strain society
(B) seems wordy, "because" necessary?
(C) it refers to unemployment or depression?
(D) extra info about unemployment should be set off by commas
(E) same as D

So A?
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06 Jun 2006, 14:37
I would vote for B because it clearly says that the depression, because of the double digit unemployment - could cause severe strain

A -incorrect because it gives the feeling that the depresstion along with double digit unemployment could cause severe strain
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06 Jun 2006, 16:56
Pick A too.

In B: "X could be a strain for Y" seems awkward.
"X could severly strain Y" more concise and conveys the same meanning.
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06 Jun 2006, 18:46
A stands.
' depression that ,........, could severely '.
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06 Jun 2006, 20:25
It's A.

According to some economists, Japan is in danger of plunging into a
depression that, with double-digit unemployment, could severely strain a society that regards lifetime employment as a virtual right of citizenship.

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06 Jun 2006, 20:45
Yeah A for me too ... that,...,could strain ...makes sense ... C,D,E are anyway out ... and is unnecessary .... between A& B ..A makes the sentence active .. Thus A.
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08 Jun 2006, 03:04

OA is ^ A ^
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08 Jun 2006, 05:54
The sentence can stand itself withouth 'with double digit ....,' so it is A.
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08 Jun 2006, 09:03
I was stuck between A & E. I went with E as A felt too wordy. Anyone has a better explanation for not going with A?
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09 Jul 2006, 17:03
can someone help explaining why C) is incorrect?

i thought with double-digit unemployment describes depression just fine, and it refers to depression. Am I missing something? Thanks.
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09 Jul 2006, 17:28
Hey , in the choice E, it sounds like, Japan along with the double digit unemployment is plunging into depression, because of the conjunction 'with' between japan and unemployment
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09 Jul 2006, 17:29
hope u got it..ah2sea, else..v'll discuss tht.. n make it clear
09 Jul 2006, 17:29
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