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    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.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    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.

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    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
    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    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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