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# Until quite recently, American economists have assumed that

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16. Until quite recently, American economists have assumed that the unemployment rate being four per cent, there is a rough balance among jobs and job seekers.

(A) the unemployment rate being four per cent, there is a rough balance among jobs and job seekers
(B) should the unemployment rate be four per cent, there is a rough balance among jobs and job seekers
(C) were the unemployment rate four per cent, there is a rough balance between jobs and job seekers
(D) if the unemployment rate is four per cent, there is a rough balance between jobs and job seekers
(E) there is a rough balance among jobs and job seekers when there is an unemployment rate that is four per cent

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29 Jul 2007, 17:09
I think D.

(A) being is wrong.
(B) should...there is... is not grammatically correct
(C) "were the unemployment rate..." does not make sense at all
(E) not very concise. "when there is an unemployment rate that is four percent" would be better phrased as "when the unemployment rate is four percent"

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29 Jul 2007, 21:36
use between here

is .. is ... parallel construction

Pick D
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30 Jul 2007, 19:49
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16. Until quite recently, American economists have assumed that the unemployment rate being four per cent, there is a rough balance among jobs and job seekers.

(A) the unemployment rate being four per cent, there is a rough balance among jobs and job seekers
(B) should the unemployment rate be four per cent, there is a rough balance among jobs and job seekers
(C) were the unemployment rate four per cent, there is a rough balance between jobs and job seekers
(D) if the unemployment rate is four per cent, there is a rough balance between jobs and job seekers
(E) there is a rough balance among jobs and job seekers when there is an unemployment rate that is four per cent

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factual conditional in the present tense uses present tense in both clauses so I go with D.

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30 Jul 2007, 19:50
AimHigher wrote:
use between here

is .. is ... parallel construction

Pick D

i didn't even pick up on that but yes; between compares two things... we use amoung for comparisons amoung 3 or more. good catch

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30 Jul 2007, 20:01
pick D. use if in conditional sentences.other reason is ||ism.

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