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# To develop more accurate population forecasts, demographers

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To develop more accurate population forecasts, demographers have to know a great deal more than now about the social and economic determinants of fertility.

A. have to know a great deal more than now about the social and economic
B. have to know a great deal more than they do now about the social and economical
C. would have to know a great deal more than they do now about the social and economical
D. would have to know a great deal more than they do now about the social and economic
E. would have to know a great deal more than now about the social and economical

I answered D OA is E
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25 Aug 2006, 01:34
This has been said many times before: You are likely to get better responses to your questions if you refrain from posting the answers upfront.
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25 Aug 2006, 01:38
Sorry futuristic,

Haven't really been posting on the verbal forum. I'll keep that in mind
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25 Aug 2006, 02:07
apollo168 wrote:
Sorry futuristic,

Haven't really been posting on the verbal forum. I'll keep that in mind

It cannot be E...Two reasons

1. Wrong comparison
2. It should be social and economic determinants than social and economical determinants.

BTW, you can still edit your post... My answer would be D...
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25 Aug 2006, 05:55
The OA is definately wrong. You selected the right answer. Economic determinents~ is the correct adjective phrase
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25 Aug 2006, 08:25
I believe that E is wrong not because of "economical" but because of wrong comparison.

Now I am starting a new debate.
What should we use here "economic" or economical"?
As per below link, "aspects of social, political, and economical life" is correct. If this is correct then I think answer should be C.
http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=economic

The difference between "economic" and "economical" is subtle.
As per below link this is true:
The adjective economic means â€œdealing with finances, money matters, or wealthâ€
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25 Aug 2006, 08:28
Dahiya, there is social science, political science, and no economical science.. I think it is "economic"
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25 Aug 2006, 13:39
ak_idc wrote:
Dahiya, there is social science, political science, and no economical science.. I think it is "economic"

There are social aspects, political aspects and econimocal aspects......
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25 Aug 2006, 14:03
ps_dahiya , you might be right in saying that both economic and economical can modify nouns but we need to keep in mind what nouns could be modfied by them. Economical determinants would mean that the determinants are economical ( or spendthrift) which doesn't make much of a sense. Only economic, which means pertaining to Financial matter, could make any sense in the present context.
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27 Aug 2006, 06:58
sorry Dahiya..for being so general..however, I think "economic" is more relevant in this context..as Hisharma said..
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27 Aug 2006, 07:14
[quote="ps_dahiya"]I believe that E is wrong not because of "economical" but because of wrong comparison.

Now I am starting a new debate.
What should we use here "economic" or economical"?
As per below link, "aspects of social, political, and economical life" is correct. If this is correct then I think answer should be C.
http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=economic

The difference between "economic" and "economical" is subtle.
As per below link this is true:
The adjective economic means â€œdealing with finances, money matters, or wealthâ€
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27 Aug 2006, 07:19
I dont agree with the OA either...

I agree that we need "would" to suggest a subjectentive, future...however, economical is the wrong use of adjective...
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27 Aug 2006, 07:42
I think "D" makes more sense here.

Paramender,
Good initiative dude
IMO, if we need to use "economic" here to indicate "related to economics".
"Economical" is generally used for "easy on pocket" situation.

I just looked for the dictionary.com link provided by Paramender, if you also see the link for "economical" the difference is clear

Economical: http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=economical --> Cheaper
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28 Aug 2010, 05:48
According to Manhattan SC, economical means efficient, and that is what we want to say here, so Im with C.
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