# Thread: unless, no more than etc.

1. ## unless, no more than etc.

Dear teachers,

I have four questions to ask:

No.1
Most economists today agree that if ___________ than 5 percent of the labor force is unemployed, the economy for all practical purposes, is in a state of full employment.

a. less b. no more
The key is 'b'. I think 'b' can mean 'include five percent'. 'a' means '1-4'. My question is: can I choose 'a'?

No.2
Bob said proudly that he had achieved all his goals, not in spite of his handicap, but _______.
a. owing to b. due to c. on account of d. because of
I think the sentence means: His handicap didn't prevent him from achieving his goals.
The key is 'd'. This is too difficult for me because I can't see the difference here.

No.3

_______ I had the money, I wouldn't buy such an expensive thing.
a. Unless b. Even if
The key is 'b'. Can I choose 'a' to mean 'If I want to say ' When I have money I would buy such an expensive thing'?

No.4
He is a controversial person, but his science fiction books are ______.
a. admired by both his friends and opponents
b. admired both by his friends and opponents
The key is 'a'. No problem. If I choose 'b' it should be ' admired both by his friends and by his opponents'. Is that right?

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Jiang

2. ## Re: unless, no more than etc.

It's late, so I have time for the first one only. Sorry.
I'll check back tomorrow.

No.1
a. less than 5% = not 5%, under that mark, starting at 4.9%
b. no more than 5% = 5% is the limit, not 5.1%.

All the best.

3. ## Re: unless, no more than etc.

Dear Cas,
Sorry to have kept you working late. I shall check it tomorrow.

Have a good night.

Jiang
Originally Posted by Casiopea
It's late, so I have time for the first one only. Sorry.
I'll check back tomorrow.

No.1
a. less than 5% = not 5%, under that mark, starting at 4.9%
b. no more than 5% = 5% is the limit, not 5.1%.

All the best.

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