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# Until quite recently, American economists have assumed that

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11. 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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10 Sep 2008, 20:07
[quote="spriya"]11. 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

Clearly expresses the assumption

(C) were the unemployment rate four per cent, there is a rough balance between jobs and job seekers

Does not express the conditional clause clearly

(D) if the unemployment rate is four per cent, there is a rough balance between jobs and job seekers

If clause in present tense, conditional clause must have will + base verb

(E) there is a rough balance among jobs and job seekers when there is an unemployment rate that is four per cent[

too many there's and unnecessary that

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I was torn between B & D and following the MGMAT conditional construct I am ruling D out.

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10 Sep 2008, 20:09
spriya wrote:
11. 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

Comparing two elements so we need between.... left with C and D. Will go with D (consistent tense and sort of ||sm) !
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10 Sep 2008, 21:42
spriya wrote:
11. 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

IMHO B

Cannot be B because comparing jobs and jobs seekers.. so we should use between.

C just doesn't sound right.
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10 Sep 2008, 22:01
spriya wrote:
11. 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

D.
(A) being is wrong.
(B) since the dependent clause with "should' is an unreal conditional, the independent clause should include "would......"
(C) same as B. "were"...., ...........would....
(D) correct. it is just a conditional. so the tense is also correct.
(E) too lenghty and woordy.
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11 Sep 2008, 00:28
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spriya wrote:
11. 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

D.
(A) being is wrong.
(B) since the dependent clause with "should' is an unreal conditional, the independent clause should include "would......"
(C) same as B. "were"...., ...........would....
(D) correct. it is just a conditional. so the tense is also correct.
(E) too lenghty and woordy.

Actually this is a good question !! actually here main point is BETWEEN and AMONG usage ,BETWEEN wins since we comparing jobs and job seekers !!!

hence only D and C left out ,again since assumption means one certain condition ,we rule out C and Go for D
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11 Sep 2008, 00:29
OA is D
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11 Sep 2008, 03:06
What if one of the answer choices (excluding D) is "if the unemployement rate is four percent, there will be a rough balance between jobs and job seekers". Will the correct answer choice still be D?
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11 Sep 2008, 09:33
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What if one of the answer choices (excluding D) is "if the unemployement rate is four percent, there will be a rough balance between jobs and job seekers". Will the correct answer choice still be D?

I think i wi;ll go for this new option,but provided current scenario D is the BEST,GMAT takes the best among the options as answer

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