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For the last five years the Dutch economy has grown faster than Britai

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New post 31 Mar 2019, 11:44
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Can you please explain what does the term "the economies of X,y and z" mean?

Does it mean that each X , y and z has multiple economies or does it mean that the economy of X, the economy of y and the economy of z ?

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darshak1 wrote:
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Can you please explain what does the term "the economies of X,y and z" mean?

Does it mean that each X , y and z has multiple economies or does it mean that the economy of X, the economy of y and the economy of z ?
You're right that there is ambiguity in those constructions. It's "understood" (like many things in English!) that "the economies of x, y, and z" can mean "the economy of x, the economy of y, and the economy of z". It's a little like saying "we got into our cars". That's also understood to mean that each person got into his or her own car, and not that each person somehow managed to get into multiple cars. :)
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New post 07 Dec 2019, 09:07
Hey Experts,

I know official answer is E, but I have a small doubt.

What's wrong with D. Singular to singular comparision.

Please explain someone..why D is wrong ??
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For the last five years the Dutch economy has grown faster than Britain, France, or Germany, with the unemployment rate having remained well below that of the other three countries.

A)Britain, France, or Germany, with the unemployment rate having remained - comparison issue
B)have those of Britain, France, or Germany, and the unemployment rate remaining - and verb after and for subject rate
C)have Britain, France, and Germany, and the unemployment rate has remained - comparison issue
D)the economy of Britain, France, and Germany, with the unemployment rate that has remained - it suggests that Britain, France, and Germany share one economy
E)the economies of Britain, France, and Germany, and the unemployment rate has remained- Correct

Answer E


hi , here in D , britain , france and germany are parallel , so if we read them with the initial stem .
the ......economy ....than economy of britain , the...than economy of france ...and similarly for germany. As when elements are parallel . we read them with stem separately to check for meaning . but for (E) , if we use same method , it would mean each country has more than one economy , and wouldn't that be illogical
please correct me if i am thinking wrong
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New post 08 Dec 2019, 05:17
I have a doubt over D and E.

1. The economies of X, Y and Z. If I consider the parallelism concept, I can rephrase this as the economies of x, the economies of y and economies of Z. The economies can go along with all. Or I can say that I have taken "the economies" common.

2. We are comparing economy of A to economy of x, economy of y and economy of Z.
Here we can see that a singular noun is compared with singular noun. And I see parallelism too. That makes sense.

I understand that we can also compare singular noun with plural noun.
The dress of X is better than the dresses of Y.

In my opinion, D is better than E. Could you explain at which logic I am wrong?

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For the last five years the Dutch economy has grown faster than Britain, France, or Germany, with the unemployment rate having remained well below that of the other three countries.

A)Britain, France, or Germany, with the unemployment rate having remained - comparison issue
B)have those of Britain, France, or Germany, and the unemployment rate remaining - and verb after and for subject rate
C)have Britain, France, and Germany, and the unemployment rate has remained - comparison issue
D)the economy of Britain, France, and Germany, with the unemployment rate that has remained - it suggests that Britain, France, and Germany share one economy
E)the economies of Britain, France, and Germany, and the unemployment rate has remained- Correct

Answer E
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hi , here in D , britain , france and germany are parallel , so if we read them with the initial stem .
the ......economy ....than economy of britain , the...than economy of france ...and similarly for germany. As when elements are parallel . we read them with stem separately to check for meaning . but for (E) , if we use same method , it would mean each country has more than one economy ,iand wouldn't that be illogical
please correct me if i am thinking wrong

Hi Siddharth, rather than looking at it as a pure Grammar issue, we need to show a bit flexibility in terms of the intended meaning.

This argument could cut both ways. For example:

I was invited to the house of Siddharth and his wife.

This would most probably mean that Siddharth and his wife live in one house, to which I was invited.

But continuing with this logic, the following sentence would not make sense:

I was invited to the house of President and the Vice President.

This could again be interpreted that President and the Vice President live in one house, to which I was invited. Most probably, this is not the intended meaning.

To avoid, this meaning interpretation, one way to articulate the sentence will be:

I was invited to the houses of President and the Vice President.
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