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# According to some economists, the July decrease in

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50. 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

i went for option D

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Re: not sure which option/SC [#permalink]

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17 Jun 2009, 22:33
yeah E for me

"a two year low level" is not the same as "the lowest level in two years"
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Re: not sure which option/SC [#permalink]

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18 Jun 2009, 02:20
Though I would also vote for E, but would appreciate, if someone can throw some more light on usage of D against E.

Surely, we have read manytimes in news-papers and magazines saying - "Dollar hits two-year low level" or "inflation at two year low level" etc, are these incorrect usage ? When should such wordings be used ?
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Re: not sure which option/SC [#permalink]

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18 Jun 2009, 05:35
Friends,
E is wrong because it uses the superlative form to compare two things....D is the right answer...

paneer wrote:
arvs212 wrote:
50. 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 -- 2-3 split elimination
(B) so that it was the lowest two-year rate -- 2-3 split elimination
(C) to what would be the lowest in two years -- to what would be is wrong
(D) to a two-year low level -- wrongly conveys that the low level is two years itself
(E) to the lowest level in two years

i went for option D

E, IMO

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Re: not sure which option/SC [#permalink]

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18 Jun 2009, 07:52
i will still go with E.

becoz here the essence is not on comparision..
but the essence is on to the extent that unemployment has gone down.
I feel that E is correct.

what is the OA ?
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19 Jun 2009, 09:21
E sounds correct to me. There is not a comparision between two years, so using superlative is suitable.

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