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According to some economists, the July decrease in unemployment so that it was the lowest in two years suggests that the gradual improvement in the job market is continuing.

(A) so that it was the lowest in two years

(B) so that it was the lowest two-year rate

(C) to what would be the lowest in two years

(D) to a two-year low level

(E) to the lowest level in two years

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07 Nov 2008, 05:25
C.

The original sentence has subordinate clause without the main clause. Hence, it is not correct and A and B are out.

D and E have issue with comparison. "Decrease" is compared to "low level".
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07 Nov 2008, 07:36
"decrease in employment to the lowest level" is correct, hence (E)
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07 Nov 2008, 07:36
tarek99 wrote:
According to some economists, the July decrease in unemployment so that it was the lowest in two years suggests that the gradual improvement in the job market is continuing.

(A) so that it was the lowest in two years

(B) so that it was the lowest two-year rate

(C) to what would be the lowest in two years

(D) to a two-year low level

(E) to the lowest level in two years

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E is the best choice
level can be highest or lowest

A B are akward (so...)
D is very tricky - seems to be best choice at first glance but 'low level' is wrong
C is redundant version of E
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07 Nov 2008, 09:13
A & B - Out.
C - "what would be the" is not necessary.
D - Implies that the decrease in unemployment reached lowest level and will stay there for 2 years.
However, we hear on the news..'nasdaq reached 5 year low...'. GMAT land has its own rules.
E - Wins.
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07 Nov 2008, 14:08
OA is E.
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