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According to Interstudy, a nonprofit organization that studies health maintenance organizations (HMO’s), they estimate that, in comparison to last year, when only 36 percent of the nation’s 607 HMO’s was profitable, this year 73 percent will be.

(A) they estimate that, in comparison to last year, when only 36 percent of the nation’s 607 HMO’s was profitable, this year 73 percent will be
(B) compared to only 36 percent of the nation’s 607 HMO’s being profitable last year, they estimate 73 percent would be this year
(C) only 36 percent of the nation’s 607 HMO’s were profitable last year; it estimates that this year 73 percent will be
(D) it estimates 73 percent of the nation’s 607 HMO’s would be profitable this year; last year that was only 36 percent
(E) only 36 percent of the nation’s 607 HMO’s last year were profitable, whereas they estimate it this year to be 73 percent
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2005, 18:45
C sounds clear and best.
'According to interstudy' should modify the beginning of the underlined part. A and D are out
B - "being profitable" is awkward and "percent would be this year" is unclear in what it is referring to.
E - Awkward phrasing " HMO’s last year were profitable" and "whereas they" draws illogical comparison
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2005, 18:50
C for me

(A) (B) (E) use of "they" - unclear

(C) only 36 percent of the nation’s 607 HMO’s were profitable last year; it estimates that this year 73 percent will be
(D) it estimates 73 percent of the nation’s 607 HMO’s would be profitable this year; last year that was only 36 percent

In D I think that we are missing "that" for the sentence to be correct : "it estimates THAT 73%...."
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Re: SC - Interstudy [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2005, 06:17
rahulraao wrote:
According to Interstudy, a nonprofit organization that studies health maintenance organizations (HMO’s), they estimate that, in comparison to last year, when only 36 percent of the nation’s 607 HMO’s was profitable, this year 73 percent will be.

(A) they estimate that, in comparison to last year, when only 36 percent of the nation’s 607 HMO’s was profitable, this year 73 percent will be
(B) compared to only 36 percent of the nation’s 607 HMO’s being profitable last year, they estimate 73 percent would be this year
(C) only 36 percent of the nation’s 607 HMO’s were profitable last year; it estimates that this year 73 percent will be
(D) it estimates 73 percent of the nation’s 607 HMO’s would be profitable this year; last year that was only 36 percent
(E) only 36 percent of the nation’s 607 HMO’s last year were profitable, whereas they estimate it this year to be 73 percent


C.

It is not clear whether the "they" in A, B and E refer to Interstudy or the HMO's.

C is more clear than D.
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2005, 06:51
yup got C.


According to and estimate together is redundant in the same clause.

so A, B and D is out.

in E the use of they is redundant.

so C is the only other choice. the use of ; in C is correct.
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2005, 08:03
Interstudy is an organization of some sort, therefore the correct pronoun restatement must be it.

Between C and D, D incorrectly uses the semicolon, not to mention distorts the SVO word order.

Choose C.
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2005, 09:00
(C) only 36 percent of the nation’s 607 HMO’s were profitable last year; it estimates that this year 73 percent will be.

I don't see any other answer choices close but to me C seems incomplete.
The second clause:
it estimates that this year 73 percent will be.

isn't it missing something at the end..?
for example, it might have been better if it was:
it estimates that this year 73 percent will be profitable.

or

it estimates this percentage to be 73% this year.

At first glance I crossed C for incompleteness. Please suggest if there is any rule for these ommisions.
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2005, 01:45
Nice discussion!
OA is C!
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2005, 10:52
Indeed C.

They in A, B and E are too ambiguous.

would in D is wrong.
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