spiraling 33%

lace.vern

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By 1920, the unemployment rate in Great Britain was averaged to be 12%, whereas it was only 5% in the United States. Although the number of laborers without work in both nations increased over the next decade, the United States experienced a drastic reversal of this rate relative to Britain, with the former spiraling 33% and the latter exceeding more than 18%.

The one in bold letters is the one I'm referring to. I'm trying to say that the U.S's unemployment rate rose to 33% while G.B exceeded more than 18%. Thanks in advance

 
  • acekidpro

    Member
    UK
    English (UK) - French (CH and FR)
    Hi!
    If you are trying to say that "the U.S's unemployment rate rose to 33% while G.B exceeded more than 18%"
    then...why don't you just say that? :)

    With one modification:
    you cannot "exceed more than" - you just exceed.
     

    natkretep

    Moderato con anima (English Only)
    English (Singapore/UK), basic Chinese
    Yes, when spiral is used to mean increase or decrease quickly, it is intransitive. If you want to use the word, you can say, 'spiralling (BrE)/spiraling (AmE) to 33%'.
     
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