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# Until quite recently, American economists have assumed that

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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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21 Oct 2008, 15:05
bigtreezl wrote:
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

can you underline the phrase in question next time you post Verbal questions, pls?

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21 Oct 2008, 18:03
bigtreezl wrote:
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

It is between C & D as jobs and job seekers are two things. usage of among is wrong.

I find C awkward but possibly is correct.

My problem with D is If clause is in present tense, means the conditional clause needs to have will + base verb. (from MGMAT)

What is the OA?

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21 Oct 2008, 20:53
icandy wrote:
bigtreezl wrote:
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

It is between C & D as jobs and job seekers are two things. usage of among is wrong.

I find C awkward but possibly is correct.

My problem with D is If clause is in present tense, means the conditional clause needs to have will + base verb. (from MGMAT)

What is the OA?

this is exactly why I excluded B and D, but I was wrong

OA is D

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21 Oct 2008, 21:48
icandy wrote:
bigtreezl wrote:
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

It is between C & D as jobs and job seekers are two things. usage of among is wrong.

I find C awkward but possibly is correct.

My problem with D is If clause is in present tense, means the conditional clause needs to have will + base verb. (from MGMAT)

What is the OA?

WIth C , i think the usage should be:

Were there X,there would be Y

for eg:
if he were to come along ,i would prefer this dress !!!

were introduces uncertainty hence would is reqd!!!
now in D ,if clause used ...
X assumed that if y is the case ,there is z --> SOUNDS CORRECT when used with assume
X assumed that if y is the case ,there will be z --> this loses since already assumption is made ,he says if x occurs y occurs at the same time not in futurre !!

I hope i could bring the point !!Correct me if im wrong
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