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20 May 2016, 19:19
eybrj2 wrote:
In the explanation of the OG,
"decrease" is used as a noun and cannot gramatically be modified by the adverbial "so that".

so that+clause is used to show a purpose of main clause. it modify a main clause. there is no main clause so, in a, it is wrong.

HOMELESS CLAUSE/PHRASE is the phrase which refer to no headword.
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20 Oct 2016, 02:47
seekmba 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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Can someone explain why (D) is incorrect. I have come across sentences that said inflation hit to a two-year low level and so confused as to why (D) is incorrect.

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E

[X] - A - the use of "so..." is unidiomatic here per the intended meaning. In addition, one could claim (since this is not an idiom) that we have a FANBOYS word that connects a phrase with a clause - which is not correct.
[X] - B - Same as A.
[X] - C - "decrease in unemployment" would be a "what"... what's a "what"? the implied comparison is not clear/wrong.
it would be correct to say "to what would be the lowest unemployment in 2 years"
[X] - D - "decrease in unemployment" would be a "level?, again the implied comparison between the 2 elements is wrong.
[V] - E - the unemployment (which is a rate of some kind) could be decreased to the lowest level in 2 years. this makes sense.

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16 Mar 2017, 13:54
a, b are out because they modify the clause, not the noun (unemployment)
C tense mistake
D strange modifying two-year low

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04 Apr 2017, 08:03
Hi Tommy,

I have chosen D, because in Option E : "lowest" is used, which means there has to be at least 3 year to check.

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24 Sep 2017, 13:35
Hello EGMAT, GMATNinja,

Could you please clarify the usage of lowest over here?

Ideally, if we have to compare between two, we use comparative form ("lower" in this case) and if we are to compare more than two, we use superlative form ("lowest" in this case)

IMO - We are comparing the unemployment between two years so we should be using - lower.

Is there any exception to this rule? Or I am getting it wrong?

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28 Sep 2017, 15:23
ydmuley, you're right that we wouldn't want to use "lowest" to compare two figures, such as the levels for two entire years. However, "the lowest level in two years" means that if we look at all the levels over a two year period, this would be the lowest point. Imagine a graph of daily, weekly, or monthly values for the past two years. We're talking about the absolute lowest point on that graph.
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28 Sep 2017, 19:41
DmitryFarber wrote:
ydmuley, you're right that we wouldn't want to use "lowest" to compare two figures, such as the levels for two entire years. However, "the lowest level in two years" means that if we look at all the levels over a two year period, this would be the lowest point. Imagine a graph of daily, weekly, or monthly values for the past two years. We're talking about the absolute lowest point on that graph.

Hello DmitryFarber - Thanks for the clarification. I was definitely thinking along the same lines but got because of the words - "a two year period". Now it is clear.
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