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# Until quite recently, American economists have assumed that

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31 Aug 2010, 13:57
So what was the final OA? The posts are so confisiong, I don't know who had the final word? Is there a place where all the official answers are summarized?

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31 Aug 2010, 15:21
IMO D
just trying (maybe silly) to avoid using "being"
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01 Sep 2010, 01:03
@ Appy 001 : "among jobs and job seekers"...how abt this in A?? I dont think its correct.....I ll go with D
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14 Feb 2011, 01:29
The official answer has been posted as D.
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28 Aug 2011, 07:27
D does not alter the meaning as well. good to see the OA has been revised to D
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29 Aug 2011, 00:50
I am astonished that OA is not D which looks obvious because of 'if...(then)...' contruction for hypothetical situations!
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29 Aug 2011, 01:46
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 among can be used only with 3 or more things
(B) should the unemployment rate be four per cent, there is a rough balance among jobs and job seekers that - never followed by should
(C) were the unemployment rate four per cent, there is a rough balance between jobs and job seekers that were the unemployment -- odd structure
(D) if the unemployment rate is four per cent, there is a rough balance between jobs and job seekers Correct
(E) there is a rough balance among jobs and job seekers when there is an unemployment rate that is four per cent among - used wrongly. 'when there is an....' sounds odd

I go with D
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20 Sep 2011, 19:09
Asher wrote:
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 among can be used only with 3 or more things
(B) should the unemployment rate be four per cent, there is a rough balance among jobs and job seekers that - never followed by should
(C) were the unemployment rate four per cent, there is a rough balance between jobs and job seekers that were the unemployment -- odd structure
(D) if the unemployment rate is four per cent, there is a rough balance between jobs and job seekers Correct
(E) there is a rough balance among jobs and job seekers when there is an unemployment rate that is four per cent among - used wrongly. 'when there is an....' sounds odd

I go with D

D is wrong because if with present tense takes will
usage of among with jobs and job seekers seems ok for me
but I had eliminated A because of "being". I dont understand when can we use being and when we cannot.
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12 Aug 2012, 23:10
tingle15 wrote:
I would any day pick "between" over "among" if the statement involved two things.

Hence D.

'If' clause should always be followed by a hypothetical clause or a 'then' clause.
So definitely not D.
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23 Aug 2012, 06:05
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Can you please tell the source of the Question?
Because somehow all the option appear to have one mistake or the other....so in that case we should choose the best among the wrong ones.
But even choosing that i can never get A
I get D as a answer.

This is GMAT Prep Question. This is question is also part of Brutal SC list
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23 Aug 2012, 08:18
It has to be D. You are correct in thinking that "among" is wrong when comparing two things.
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31 Jul 2015, 22:54
appy001 wrote:
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.

IMO: A.

b> Does not make sense. (Hypothetical mood...(using "Should" as hypothetical conditional)....

C> Does not make sense. (Hypothetical mood....(using "were" as hypothetical conditional)..... ).

D> This could be the ans if this would have been used proper hypothetical condition.
as : if the unemployment rate is four per cent, there WILL BE a rough balance between jobs and job seekers.

E> Lengthy & ambiguous...

So A is the best answer.
REMEMBER: GMAT look for the best GIVEN answer does not look for best POSSIBLE answer.

IMO if existing employment rate is 4% then there must be a rough balance between..... .
Like : If the water is green..it must contain chlorine . You cannot change it to : if the water is green then there will be chlorine.
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