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# Even though interest rates rose last year,

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Even though interest rates rose last year, they were not nearly as high as the early 1980s, when the economy tumbled into a recession and markets were depressed.

(A) they were not nearly as high as the early 1980s, when
(B) they were not nearly as high as interest rates in the early 1980s, when
(C) they were not nearly at the levels they were in the early 1980s, at the time when
(D) they had not approached the high levels of the early 1980s, during the time in which
(E) the high levels of the early 1980s were not being approached, when

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21 Sep 2016, 04:05
Answer should be B (interest rates should be compared to interest rates)

(A) they were not nearly as high as the early 1980s, when ... wrong (compares rates to 1980s)
(B) they were not nearly as high as interest rates in the early 1980s, when .. RIGHT
(C) they were not nearly at the levels they were in the early 1980s, at the time when .. wrong..("at the time" is redundant)
(D) they had not approached the high levels of the early 1980s, during the time in which ... wrong (use 'when' to refer to time)
(E) the high levels of the early 1980s were not being approached, when.. (use of 'being' is redundant)
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21 Sep 2016, 08:42
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Even though interest rates rose last year, they were not nearly as high as the early 1980s, when the economy tumbled into a recession and markets were depressed.

(A) they were not nearly as high as the early 1980s, when
(B) they were not nearly as high as interest rates in the early 1980s, when
(C) they were not nearly at the levels they were in the early 1980s, at the time when
(D) they had not approached the high levels of the early 1980s, during the time in which
(E) the high levels of the early 1980s were not being approached, when

Even though interest rates rose last year, they were not nearly as high as interest rates in the early 1980s, when the economy tumbled into a recession and markets were depressed.

Answer must be (B) for the highlighted errors in the options...

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21 Sep 2016, 22:10

B correctly compares rates of 1980 to the current rates. Plus When is a better option compared to in Which when referring to time.
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22 Sep 2016, 08:02
Responding to a PM - 1980s here is not a possessive form. It means the the decade: 1980 - 1989.
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01 Oct 2016, 08:03
(A) they were not nearly as high as the early 1980s, when --> wrong comparison: as high as "the early 1980s" (comparison with year)
(B) they were not nearly as high as interest rates in the early 1980s, when --> correct comparison of interest rates
(C) they were not nearly at the levels they were in the early 1980s, at the time when --> "at the time when" repeats the sense of the 1980s
(D) they had not approached the high levels of the early 1980s, during the time in which --> past perfect not required here . (not sure whether "during the time in which" is wrong)
(E) the high levels of the early 1980s were not being approached, when -->wrong usage of "being". Not clear "what" or "who" is not approaching the interest levels of the 1980s
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01 Dec 2017, 05:51
Even though interest rates rose last year, they were not nearly as high as the early 1980s, when the economy tumbled into a recession and markets were depressed.

POINT TO NOTE HERE or BE CAUTIOUS ABOUT : 1980s here is not a possessive form. It means the the decade: 1980 - 1989.

(A) they were not nearly as high as the early 1980s, when
Wrong comparison -- comparison of rates with the early 1980s. INCORRECT.

(B) they were not nearly as high as interest rates in the early 1980s, when
CORRECT

(C) they were not nearly at the levels they were in the early 1980s, at the time when
Multiple errors here,
1. Forms of they (they, them, their) cannot serve to compare TWO DIFFERENT SETS OF X.
Incorrect: This year's cellphones are better than THEY were last year.
Here, the usage of they implies that the SAME set of cellphones is being discussed in each instance.
Not so.
The intention is to compare ONE set of cellphones (this year's cellphones) to ANOTHER set of cellphones (last year's cellphones).
Correct: This year's cellphones are better than last year's.

2. at the time AND when are redundant.

3. Choice is wordier and can be expressed in less words as in option B.

(D) they had not approached the high levels of the early 1980s, during the time in which
high levels of what? "the high levels of the early 1980s" -- does NOT make sense as it is NOT 1980's but it is 1980s.
Also, the usage of Double Past is incorrect here. We are talking about last year and then suddenly we are going back even before the last year itself. Presence of "Last year" is marking the usage of simple past and not double past tense as no verb sequencing is required here.
during the time in which -- Is wordier and can be replaced with "when"

(E) the high levels of the early 1980s were not being approached, when
Again "high levels" of what?
were not being -- correct usage of BEING -- that is past progressive tense usage AND its in passive voice.
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