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According to some market analysts, the third quarter decrease in retail inventory
so that it was the lowest in six years suggests that further inflationary indicators
may not be far behind.

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

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

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

(D) to a six-year low level

(E) to the lowest level in six years

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(A) so that it was the lowest in six years- alter meaning,So that is wrong

(B) so that it was the lowest six-year rate - same as option A and rate is wrong too

(C) to what would be the lowest in six years- would is wrong

(D) to a six-year low level-lowest is best to use..

(E) to the lowest level in six years-right

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(A) so that it was the lowest in six years- alter meaning,So that is wrong

(B) so that it was the lowest six-year rate - same as option A and rate is wrong too

(C) to what would be the lowest in six years- would is wrong

(D) to a six-year low level-lowest is best to use..

(E) to the lowest level in six years-right

ans E


I didn't get how E is the answer when D is the most suited and Best to use phrase as per your post too...

Kindly explain why E is not the answer

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Answer: E
First, eliminate (A) and (B) because of vague pronoun use. In those choices, "it" could refer to either the decrease or "retail inventory." (C) is incorrect, as "what would be" refers to something hypothetical, while the rest of the sentence indicates that the decrease has actually happened. Choice (D) is incorrect as well. A "six-year low level" is vague; it could refer to a level that will be low for six years as well as something more in line with the intended meaning of the sentence. That leaves choice (E), which is correct. The meaning is clear, and it avoids the pronoun problems of the first two choices.

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decrease...to is the correct idiom
the lowest -> correct comparison form
So E is the answer
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