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# According to Interstudy, a nonprofit organization that

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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

which is correct and why?
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15 Sep 2003, 22:02
I'd choose E

After "According to Interstudy,...," just "only 36 percent " from choices C and E fit. Using "they" or "it" from choices A,B and D is redundant

The "it" from choice C is totally lost.
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16 Sep 2003, 00:39
i doubt if this is of GMAT quality

But agree with E.
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16 Sep 2003, 02:26
Study is done by Interstudy which is singular.
So A,B & E are out.
D is awrong coz, "it estimates" can not follow after starting phrase: according to study.
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16 Sep 2003, 05:27
mystery wrote:
E is not correct.

Vicky

i have a question.

Can we connect a independent clause and a dependent clause "without" a subordinating conjunction.

Independent : According to Interstudy, only 37% of HMO's were profitable this year

Dependent : It estimates that this year 73% will be

My solution would have a subordinating conjunction somewhere.

"whereas" is a subordinating conjunction..and to me ..it appears ok..though i would like to see a better construction than that

It is not likely that such a poorly worded question would be on the GMAT

Mystery, whats the source of this SC...

Thanks
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24 Sep 2003, 16:23
praet,

i'm not going to reference grammar rules, but i strongly believe that the "whereas" in choice E is fine...however the reason that it is not the answer is because the rest of the sentence kills it as an option....

I could see E being correct if the rest of the choice was changed to

E)only 36 percent of the nation's 607 HMO's last year were profitable, whereas, this year, only 73 percent will be.

but, as you can see, it gets quite cumbersome....and i also do not like "last year were profitable"....i would prefer "were profitable last year" like choice C offers

so C is the "best" answer out of the given choices.... the lesser of two evils if you will....

but to answer your question praet....i don't know what the formal rule is, but a "whereas" would not be completely out of place in that sentence construction...provided you tweak the end of the sentence a bit....
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