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The percentage of the labor force that is unemployed has dropped sharply this month, even though it may be only temporarily.


(A) even though it may be only temporarily

(B) but it may be temporary only

(C) but the drop may be only temporary

(D) even though the drop may only be temporary

(E) but such a drop may only be a temporary one


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The percentage of the labor force that is unemployed has dropped sharply this month, even though it may be only temporarily.


(A) even though it may be only temporarily -Redundancy

(B) but it may be temporary only - What is the antecedent for pronoun "it"?

(C) but the drop may be only temporary - Correct - Concise and conveys the meaning clearly.

(D) even though the drop may only be temporary -Redundancy

(E) but such a drop may only be a temporary one - Wordy



IMO - C
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The percentage of the labor force that is unemployed has dropped sharply this month, even though it may be only temporarily.


(A) even though it may be only temporarily - ' it ' must refer to percentage drop of labor , but refers only to percentage of labor

(B) but it may be temporary only - same problem , it - does not refer to percentage drop of labor

(C) but the drop may be only temporary - 'the drop ' refers to percentage drop we were taking before in the sentence, so keep it

(D) even though the drop may only be temporary - "even though" is not appropriate in this case

(E) but such a drop may only be a temporary one - but Such a drop is specific and talking about the percentage with drop ,and when compared to may be only vs may only be , may be only sounds awkward .

Even though VS But :
Even though is used to show a paradox which is not the current circumstance
But can be used to express a simple contrast or a paradox
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IMO C.
No clear reason to eliminate C
A, B have it, which refers nothing so eliminate it.
D, E are wordy and awkward
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Official Explanation :

In choices A and B, the pronoun it has no noun referent and must be replaced by a noun such as drop. That noun should be modified by an adjective (temporary), not an adverb (temporarily) .

In choices A and D, even though misstates the relationship between ideas by suggesting that unemployment dropped sharply despite the possibility that the drop is temporary:, but suggests nothing more than a contrast between a recent drop and possible future reversal.

In choices B, D, and E, only is separated from the adjective it modifies; in the correct answer only should (or must) immediately precede temporary. The phrase such a drop in E wrongly implies that this drop is but one example of a whole class of similar events being discussed.

Choice C is the best answer.
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New post 28 Nov 2018, 21:29
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Can you let me know Why option E is wrong . I still want to go with Option E for this Question.

Please correct me .

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Can you let me know Why option E is wrong . I still want to go with Option E for this Question.

Please correct me .

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Hello Bharathi,

Allow me to add some insight here and see if it makes sense.

It is needless to say "Such a drop" as mentioned in option E, because we are not really comparing different types of drops in percentage.

For example, if the percentage dropped sharply this month as compared to mildly in the last 2 months (an info. that we aren't really provided with), then I believe it would be alright to say "such a drop".

Another, possibly more convincing and general explanation, would be that we always use "SO + Adverb/Adjective" and "SUCH + Noun".
E.g. 1) She baked the cake so carefully.
2) She baked such a delicious cake.

In our case, option E only mentions "such a drop" - your choice would make a stronger case if it was "such a sharp drop". However, it would still be better to go for concision over wordiness. :)

Another reason to reject E is "redundancy": Notice that it mentions "such a drop" and then "temporary one". You don't need "one" when you are already mentioning "the drop" earlier.

I hope this makes sense.
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Can you please brief why D and E is wrong ?
I rejected because may be only sounded more correct than may only be
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Can you please brief why D and E is wrong ?
I rejected because may be only sounded more correct than may only be
You're right: may only be is a problem. We need the only to more clearly modify temporary. A similar example:

He may only be the one who can solve the department's problems.
vs.
He may be the only one who can solve the department's problems.
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I think in D and E, the meaning is subtly changing due to the incongruous placement of the limiting adverb 'only'. When we say only temporary, the focus is solely on temporariness. On the contrary, by shifting the adverb 'only' before 'be' the focus now tilts on 'being' and suggests that the drop can only 'be temporary' and not any another possibility such as extended, long-term etc.

Even though this shift of focus is too fine to gauze, we have to respect it because GMT has chosen to test it.
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