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

(A) they estimate that, in comparison to last year, when only 36 percent of the nationâ€™s 607 HMOâ€™s was profitable, this year 73 percent will be
(B) compared to only 36 percent of the nationâ€™s 607 HMOâ€™s being profitable last year, they estimate 73 percent would be this year
(C) only 36 percent of the nationâ€™s 607 HMOâ€™s were profitable last year; it estimates that this year 73 percent will be
(D) it estimates 73 percent of the nationâ€™s 607 HMOâ€™s would be profitable this year; last year that was only 36 percent
(E) only 36 percent of the nationâ€™s 607 HMOâ€™s last year were profitable, whereas they estimate it this year to be 73 percent
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03 Apr 2006, 12:45
C .. correct usage of "it" interstudy ..organization is singular .
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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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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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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 (HMOâ€™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 (HMOâ€™s), only 36 percent of the nationâ€™s 607 HMOâ€™s were profitable last year; it estimates that this year 73 percent will be.
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13 Apr 2006, 06:17
My concern was less about "a nonprofit organization that studies health maintenance organizations (HMOâ€™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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13 Apr 2006, 11:26
jcgoodchild wrote:
My concern was less about "a nonprofit organization that studies health maintenance organizations (HMOâ€™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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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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14 Apr 2006, 08:05
I go for C. makes complete sense.

I remember doing this before. I just memorized it
14 Apr 2006, 08:05
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