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# During the 1980s approximately $50 billion in private  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics Author Message TAGS: Director Joined: 11 Jun 2007 Posts: 649 Followers: 3 Kudos [?]: 89 [0], given: 0 During the 1980s approximately$50 billion in private [#permalink]  24 Oct 2007, 08:15
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260. During the 1980’s approximately $50 billion in private investment capital is estimated to have left Mexico and added to the strain on the country’s debt-ridden economy. (A) During the 1980’s approximately$50 billion in private investment capital is estimated to have left Mexico and added
(B) During the 1980’s it is estimated that approximately $50 billion in private investment capital left Mexico and added (C) It is estimated that there was approximately$50 billion in private investment capital that left Mexico during the 1980’s and added
(D) It is estimated that during the 1980’s approximately $50 billion in private investment capital left Mexico, adding (E) Approximately$50 billion in private investment capital is estimated as having left Mexico during the 1980’s, adding

Can someone please explain why 'estimated as having left' in (E) is wrong? I would appreciate if the reason provided is more helpful than 'sounds awkward' )-.

I understand that 'estimated to be' is idiomatic but looks like 'estimated as' is also idiomatic.
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Re: SC: private investment [#permalink]  24 Oct 2007, 08:36
eyunni wrote:
260. During the 1980’s approximately $50 billion in private investment capital is estimated to have left Mexico and added to the strain on the country’s debt-ridden economy. (A) During the 1980’s approximately$50 billion in private investment capital is estimated to have left Mexico and added
(B) During the 1980’s it is estimated that approximately $50 billion in private investment capital left Mexico and added (C) It is estimated that there was approximately$50 billion in private investment capital that left Mexico during the 1980’s and added
(D) It is estimated that during the 1980’s approximately $50 billion in private investment capital left Mexico, adding (E) Approximately$50 billion in private investment capital is estimated as having left Mexico during the 1980’s, adding

Can someone please explain why 'estimated as having left' in (E) is wrong? I would appreciate if the reason provided is more helpful than 'sounds awkward' )-.

I understand that 'estimated to be' is idiomatic but looks like 'estimated as' is also idiomatic.

$50 million was the estimated amount that had supposedly left mexico. More than the grammar involved just look at E - it says Approx 50 mil is estimated has having left mexico - indicating that the estimate was that the money had left mexico - where as the it was the AMOUNT whose estimated value was 50 Million THAT had left mexico. All things considered D sounds best. Senior Manager Joined: 29 Nov 2006 Posts: 321 Location: Orange County, CA Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 39 [0], given: 0 [#permalink] 24 Oct 2007, 09:15 I chose D as well. I excluded E because I felt the term "estimated at having" was too awkward. Director Joined: 14 Sep 2007 Posts: 908 Schools: Kellogg '10 Followers: 6 Kudos [?]: 87 [0], given: 15 [#permalink] 24 Oct 2007, 09:19 A, B, C are all bad because of the "and added"...the capital itself wasn't added to the strain. E uses the very strange "as having", which might be grammatically correct but is clearly stylistically inferior to D. D Director Joined: 11 Jun 2007 Posts: 649 Followers: 3 Kudos [?]: 89 [0], given: 0 [#permalink] 26 Oct 2007, 13:12 OA is D. [#permalink] 26 Oct 2007, 13:12 Similar topics Replies Last post Similar Topics: During the 1980s approximately$50 billion in private 9 13 Aug 2007, 00:58
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