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Employment costs rose 2.8 percent in the 12 months that ended in September, slightly less than they did in the year that ended in the previous quarter.

A. less than they did
B. less than it did
C. less than they were
D. lower than
E. lower than they were

Could someone also explain what the difference is between A and C?

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Employment costs rose 2.8 percent in the 12 months that ended in September, slightly less than they did in the year that ended in the previous quarter.

A, less than they did
Correct.
- "they" refers to "employment costs". (plural)
- "rose" || "did"
- less is comparative form of little. Costs: uncountable noun ==> "Less" is correct.

B, less than it did
Wrong. "it" is singular and is not parallel with "employment costs" - plural.

C, less than they were
Wrong."were" (auxiliary verb) is not parallel with "rose" (main verb)

D, lower than
Wrong.
Costs do not rise low/high (comparative forms are: lower/higher). The usage sounds awkward. Costs should rise little / much.
Please note that: lower is a comparative form of low. Lower is only be used with nouns that can be described as low. There is no clear rule for less/lower. Usually, you have to memorize the usage of less/lower for each situation. For example:
a low bridge
a low salary
a low water level
a low temperature
a low price

E, lower than they were
Wrong.
- The usage of "lower" is not correct.
- "were" (auxiliary verb) is not parallel with "rose" (main verb)

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I think it is A

Employment costs rose 2.8 percent in the 12 months that ended in september, slightly less than they
did in the year that ended in the previous quarter.

If the sentence was:
Employment costs were 2.8 percent ...slightly less than they were would be right
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Thanks gk... makes sense now... I hope i'll catch it on G-day ;-)
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jjhko wrote:
Employment costs rose 2.8 percent in the 12 months that ended in September, slightly less than they did in the year that ended in the previous quarter.

A. less than they did
B. less than it did
C. less than they were
D. lower than
E. lower than they were

Could someone also explain what the difference is between A and C?

Thank,
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A.

did = rose.



Hi mailtheguru ,

is it correct to say: .......slightly less than in the year that ended in the previous quarter...?


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mailtheguru wrote:
jjhko wrote:
Employment costs rose 2.8 percent in the 12 months that ended in September, slightly less than they did in the year that ended in the previous quarter.

A. less than they did
B. less than it did
C. less than they were
D. lower than
E. lower than they were

Could someone also explain what the difference is between A and C?

Thank,
jjhko


A.

did = rose.



Hi mailtheguru ,

is it correct to say: .......slightly less than in the year that ended in the previous quarter...?


Thanks a heap


:no
Both sides of a comparator should be the same form. You need a verb after "less than". For example:
:yes She climbs as fast as her brothers do.
:no She climbs as fast as her brothers.
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mailtheguru wrote:
jerrywu wrote:
mailtheguru wrote:
jjhko wrote:
Employment costs rose 2.8 percent in the 12 months that ended in September, slightly less than they did in the year that ended in the previous quarter.

A. less than they did
B. less than it did
C. less than they were
D. lower than
E. lower than they were

Could someone also explain what the difference is between A and C?

Thank,
jjhko


A.

did = rose.



Hi mailtheguru ,

is it correct to say: .......slightly less than in the year that ended in the previous quarter...?


Thanks a heap


:no
Both sides of a comparator should be the same form. You need a verb after "less than". For example:
:yes She climbs as fast as her brothers do.
:no She climbs as fast as her brothers.


Hello mailtheguru,

I am kinda confused..

Soaring television costs accounted for more than half the spending in the presidential campaign of 1992, a greater proportion than it was in any previous election.

A. a greater proportion than it was
B. a greater proportion than
C. a greater proportion than they have been
D. which is greater than was so
E. which is greater than it has been

the OA is (B) ... I guess that the complete sentence is ..... a great proportation than they did......

Still, " they did" are ellipsis

Are they using the same rule ???

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Please assess the answer choices. Thank you.

Employment costs rose 2.8 percent in the 12 months that ended in September, slightly less than they did in the year that ended in the previous quarter.

A. less than they did
B. less than it did
C. less than they were
D. lower than
E. lower than they were

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Employment costs rose 2.8 percent in the 12 months that ended in September, slightly less than they did in the year that ended in the previous quarter.

A. less than they did
B. less than it did
C. less than they were
D. lower than
E. lower than they were


In A --> replace they with employment costs and did with rose .... comparision looks fine so no issues.

and to your questions "lower than" --> slightly lower than <<what>> [you need a noun here for comparision]

so I would go with A.
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Employment costs rose 2.8 percent in the 12 months that ended in September, slightly less than they did in the year that ended in the previous quarter.

A. less than they did
B. less than it did
C. less than they were
D. lower than
E. lower than they were


In A --> replace they with employment costs and did with rose .... comparision looks fine so no issues.

and to your questions "lower than" --> slightly lower than <<what>> [you need a noun here for comparision]

so I would go with A.

Also,

Between A & C,

'rose' is parallel to 'did' in A and is not parallel to 'were' in C

hence A.
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acer2knight wrote:
Employment costs rose 2.8 percent in the 12 months that ended in September, slightly less than they did in the year that ended in the previous quarter.

A. less than they did
B. less than it did
C. less than they were
D. lower than
E. lower than they were


In A --> replace they with employment costs and did with rose .... comparision looks fine so no issues.


and to your questions "lower than" --> slightly lower than <<what>> [you need a noun here for comparision]

so I would go with A.

Also,

Between A & C,

'rose' is parallel to 'did' in A and is not parallel to 'were' in C

hence A.


Hi
I had a doubt here .Can some one please clarify .

If there is one more option like "lower than they did " then Can this also be correct answer ?
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One follow-up question: I thought percent is countable and should be used with lower rather than less?

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Employment costs rose up 2.8 percent in the 12 months that ended in September, slightly less than they did in the year that ended in the previous quarter.

A- less than they did
B- less than it did
C- less than they were
D- lower than
E- lower than they were

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Where'd this question come from? "Rose up" is redundant ("up" is not necessary) and should be corrected as well! Which other direction has anything ever risen besides up?

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Employment costs rose up 2.8 percent in the 12 months that ended in September, slightly less than they did in the year that ended in the previous quarter.

A- less than they did
B- less than it did
C- less than they were
D- lower than
E- lower than they were


B) it singular , Costs - Plural
D) lower than Costs in previous year is required

A,C, &E left

Lower/Less
They were/They did
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lets analyze on my level. "employment costs" is an action noun so C and E are out. "it" incorrectly refer to the plural noun employment costs so B out. in D, comparison is incorrect.
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Employment costs rose 2.8 percent in the 12 months that ended in September, slightly less than they did in the year that ended in the previous quarter.
A, less than they did
B, less than it did
C, less than they were
D, lower than
E, lower than they were

What is wrong with D? What is the difference between "less" and "lower"? :s

Thanks!

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for percents and fractions we use less not lower or fewer.
for time ,distance, money we use 'less'
for countable entities we use fewer

eg:fewer chocolates
less than $541
less than 3 weeks
less than 3 kms

Higher and lower we use for physical entities
The height of the chair is lower than that of the table.
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rainbooow wrote:
higher and lower we use for physical entities
The height of the chair is lower than that of the table.



Hi rainbooow

I absolutely agree with your explanation, but not the quote part. "higher and lower we use for physical entities"
For example: low price, low temperature, low music level, etc..

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