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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 03 Apr 2006, 12:45
C .. correct usage of "it" interstudy ..organization is singular .
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 [#permalink] New post 12 Apr 2006, 20:15
I thought C too, but isn't there a problem with the phrase after the semi-colon? It's not a complete sentence (unless I'm missing something).
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 [#permalink] New post 12 Apr 2006, 20:17
jcgoodchild wrote:
I thought C too, but isn't there a problem with the phrase after the semi-colon? It's not a complete sentence (unless I'm missing something).


I agree. But "C" is the best of the rest ;)
I think this like ellipses.
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 [#permalink] New post 12 Apr 2006, 21:00
jcgoodchild wrote:
I thought C too, but isn't there a problem with the phrase after the semi-colon? It's not a complete sentence (unless I'm missing something).


C should be ok.

nothing wrong with C cuz "a nonprofit organization that studies health maintenance organizations (HMO’s)" is an intervening phrase, which is describing more about "Interstudy".

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According to Interstudy, a nonprofit organization that studies health maintenance organizations (HMO’s), only 36 percent of the nation’s 607 HMO’s were profitable last year; it estimates that this year 73 percent will be.
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Apr 2006, 06:17
My concern was less about "a nonprofit organization that studies health maintenance organizations (HMO’s)", and more about "it estimates that this year 73 percent will be" -- this isn't a sentence. The rule for semi-colon is that it joins two related ideas that are both sentences. So I'm gonna go out on a limb, and suggest it should be E for this reason. But I'm willing to be convinced otherwise.
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Apr 2006, 11:26
jcgoodchild wrote:
My concern was less about "a nonprofit organization that studies health maintenance organizations (HMO’s)", and more about "it estimates that this year 73 percent will be" -- this isn't a sentence. The rule for semi-colon is that it joins two related ideas that are both sentences. So I'm gonna go out on a limb, and suggest it should be E for this reason. But I'm willing to be convinced otherwise.



"It estimates that this year 73 percent will be." ---> This is a sentence.

"profitable" is omitted from the end of the sentence. Like:

Last year two of the students were successful; this year four are.

I don't think there is a problem..

Moreover, E is wordy and it uses "they". To whom "they" refers to???
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Apr 2006, 06:40
Guys, I have a big doubt here.
C says: 36% of .... were

My question is : With a percentage as the subject, do we need to use the singular form or the plural form of the verb?
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Apr 2006, 08:05
I go for C. makes complete sense.

I remember doing this before. I just memorized it :)
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