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10 Sep 2011, 00:29
C is the best of all. However, I remember reading about the two sentences separated with a a semicolon should be independent clauses/ sentences.

Can somebody shed more light into this semi-colon concept?
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10 Sep 2011, 00:38
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C is the best of all. However, I remember reading about the two sentences separated with a a semicolon should be independent clauses/ sentences.

Can somebody shed more light into this semi-colon concept?

You're correct.

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.

Independent clause it is.
it estimates that this year 73 percent will be.
it: subject
estimates: verb

it estimates that this year 73 percent will be [profitable].
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11 Sep 2011, 23:21
Thankfully C is the best one...hard one!
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27 Sep 2011, 18:03
"(C) only 36 percent of the nation’s 607 HMO’s were profitable last year; it estimates that this year 73 percent will be"

Can we end a sentence as above with "will be" . Profitable should have been mentioned here.
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27 Sep 2011, 22:18
noboru 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

A - removing modifiers we get -> they estimate that this year 73 percent will be
This is an incomplete sentence.
B - This is run-on
C - Correct
D - "it" is ambigous
E - "they" is ambigous
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30 Nov 2011, 09:01
C though its incomplete is the best one
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01 Dec 2011, 02:15
Was stuck between C and D.
Settled for C because the use of "that" in D sounded wrong
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01 Dec 2011, 02:35
+1 for C.
Semicolon rightly splits the two statements independently & 'were profitable last year' is correctly organized.
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10 Dec 2011, 00:44
I too picked...D but here "would be " is wrong...
Can some one explain ... "According to Interstudy , a nonprofit organization"...
here non profit organization should modify Interstudy...but that will be wrong.
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12 Mar 2012, 14:45
I have the same question as someone else aked above

C seems right to me, but I didnt choose to go with that as the sentence after the semicolon seems incomplete. Any comments on that?

Is the clause after semicolon complete sentence?
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12 Mar 2012, 15:15
answer is clear C.

<quote>"only 36 percent of the nation’s 607 HMO’s were profitable last year; it estimates that this year 73 percent will be"</quote>

the use of semicolumn makes the usage of "it" doubtless
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15 Apr 2012, 09:37
(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

In this option, "they estimate it", what does it refers to ? I think this also another reason to eliminate E.
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06 Aug 2012, 07:27
Missed the one. I was pretty much decided on C. But chose E despite realizing that the "they" was ambiguous.

I made a silly mistake which can be and should be avoided. Good question.
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06 Aug 2012, 07:54
ABE out for pronoun error. Bet C & D, C is winner.
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06 Aug 2012, 22:59
noboru 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

(С) - seems the best one, for the reasons below:

(A) - they? who? Interstudy? or nonprofit organization? ...ambiguous
(B) - being profitable last year.. they estimate...again redundant and vague
(D and E) - change the idea of sentence and take it down the drain..
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07 Aug 2012, 13:07
I was stuck between C and D.

In C, I don’t like how the clause after the semicolon just ends with “be”…but I’m guessing the sentence is stating, “it estimates that this year 73 percent will be [profitable].”

In D, “that” in the clause after the semicolon is not entirely clear. To be honest, I don’t like either C or D. Is this an official GMAT question?
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18 Aug 2012, 05:12
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noboru wrote:
Whats wrong in D with "it"?
Thanks.

the problem is with the structure.
According to Interstudy, an organization, it estimates

the following construction is not only correct but also sounds right.
According to Interstudy, an organization, only 607 HMO’s were profitable last year

One more thhing I find ambiguous is the usage of that....can you once again check in D...
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31 Aug 2012, 22:03
(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 - Was is incorrect
(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 - NON Profit org is singular . They is incorrect.
(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 - A fragment after ;
(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 - They is incorrect
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06 Aug 2013, 05:33
Was choosing between C and E but c seems more concise with no redundant article. my pick is C.
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06 Aug 2013, 06:30
IMO The problem with the answer D is the verb tense. The answer choices uses "would be" to predict what the HMO's profitability will be. It should be "will be" as the 73 percent has not happened yet.

D. it estimates 73 percent of the nation’s 607 HMO’s would be profitable this year; last year that was only 36 percent
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