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# GMAT Prep- less/lower

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I thought Less had to do with non countable things and lowe was used for countable things no?

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 previou quarter.

A.....
B less than it did
C less than they were
D lower than
E lower than they were
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27 Nov 2006, 18:51
Matrix02 wrote:
I thought Less had to do with non countable things and lowe was used for countable things no?

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 previou quarter.

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

C seems right.

less than or greater than is allowed when we deal with percentage.

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27 Nov 2006, 18:59
I'm getting A on this one.

We're using 'less' here because we're comparing the degree of the rise in unemployment between two 12-month periods. The question is trying to say that the rise in unemployment for the 12 months ended in September is 'less than' (not lower than) the rise in unemployment for the 12 months ended in June ('the previous quarter').

You can't say that the stock market rose "lower than" it did yesterday. You say it rose "less than" it did yesterday.

With that said, you can eliminate D and E.

C is out because it uses "they were". Rising is a state of doing something, not a state of being something.

B is out because we're talking about a plural subject - "employment costs" - and using "it" would only work with a singular subject.

Let me know if that explanation helps.

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27 Nov 2006, 19:27
Agree with A. Employement costs "rose" ...less than they did.

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28 Nov 2006, 00:32
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28 Nov 2006, 16:29
A it is
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03 Dec 2006, 07:19
Can anyopne please elaborate on this one. I am still confused with this.

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03 Dec 2006, 08:27
Matrix02 wrote:

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

A is correct.

B: 'it' is wrong. costs is plural.
C: 'were' is wrong. it should be 'did' to parallel 'rose'.
D: bad comparison after 'than'. compare D with A to see where D is wrong.
E: Same error as C.

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