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# Even though the direct costs of malpractice disputes amounts

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Even though the direct costs of malpractice disputes amounts [#permalink]  16 Mar 2006, 19:07
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Even though the direct costs of malpractice disputes amounts to a sum lower than one percent of the $541 billion the nation spent on health care last year, doctors say fear of lawsuits plays major role in health-care inflation. (A) amounts to a sum lower (B) amounts to less (C) amounted to less (D) amounted to lower (E) amounted to a lower sum I could not understand the meaning of the sentence. Please help me finding the correct answer. Also explain your choice. Senior Manager Joined: 08 Jun 2004 Posts: 498 Location: Europe Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 30 [0], given: 0 Re: SC - Malpractice [#permalink] 16 Mar 2006, 20:10 b14kumar wrote: Even though the direct costs of malpractice disputes amounts to a sum lower than one percent of the$541 billion the nation spent on health care last year, doctors say fear of lawsuits plays major role in health-care inflation.
(A) amounts to a sum lower wordy
(B) amounts to less S/V agreement
(C) amounted to less correct
(D) amounted to lower shoud be less
(E) amounted to a lower sum wordy/incorrect
I could not understand the meaning of the sentence.

'C' it is.

Even though the direct costs of malpractice disputes amounted to less than one percent of the $541 billion the nation spent on health care last year, doctors say fear of lawsuits plays major role in health-care inflation. Only less than we must used here. Direct costs are plural so 'B' with its 'amounts' is out. C is the correct answer. Pls. Director Joined: 17 Sep 2005 Posts: 927 Followers: 3 Kudos [?]: 46 [0], given: 0 Re: SC - Malpractice [#permalink] 16 Mar 2006, 21:26 M8 wrote: b14kumar wrote: Even though the direct costs of malpractice disputes amounts to a sum lower than one percent of the$541 billion the nation spent on health care last year, doctors say fear of lawsuits plays major role in health-care inflation.
(A) amounts to a sum lower wordy
(B) amounts to less S/V agreement
(C) amounted to less correct
(D) amounted to lower shoud be less
(E) amounted to a lower sum wordy/incorrect
I could not understand the meaning of the sentence.

'C' it is.

Even though the direct costs of malpractice disputes amounted to less than one percent of the $541 billion the nation spent on health care last year, doctors say fear of lawsuits plays major role in health-care inflation. Only less than we must used here. Direct costs are plural so 'B' with its 'amounts' is out. C is the correct answer. Pls. Initially I thought 'disputes' is a verb so I was confused. Now I think 'disputes' is a noun here and 'amounted to' means 'equivalent to'. Also only 'less than' should be used here. Regards, Brajesh VP Joined: 29 Dec 2005 Posts: 1348 Followers: 7 Kudos [?]: 43 [0], given: 0 Re: SC - Malpractice [#permalink] 16 Mar 2006, 21:39 b14kumar wrote: Even though the direct costs of malpractice disputes amounts to a sum lower than one percent of the$541 billion the nation spent on health care last year, doctors say fear of lawsuits plays major role in health-care inflation.
(A) amounts to a sum lower
(B) amounts to less
(C) amounted to less
(D) amounted to lower
(E) amounted to a lower sum

subject = "the direct costs of malpractice disputes" which is a plural. so it needs plural verb, which rules out A and B.

we need leass than to quantify uncount-noun "1% of the $541 billion". So only C fits to this sentence. Director Joined: 27 Feb 2006 Posts: 634 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 24 [0], given: 0 [#permalink] 17 Mar 2006, 02:07 ^ C ^ Even though the direct costs of malpractice disputes amounted to less than one percent of the$541 billion the nation spent on health care last year, doctors say fear of lawsuits plays major role in health-care inflation.
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I had a hard time choosing one between C and D. I finally chose C. But, I want to know the reason as to why D is wrong.
Help pleaaase...
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chuckle wrote:
I had a hard time choosing one between C and D. I finally chose C. But, I want to know the reason as to why D is wrong.
Help pleaaase...

We need to use 'less than' to qualify uncountable nouns.
So C is the correct option.

OA is C.

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Brajesh
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amounted....last year (past tense)

less than 1% (idiomatic)

Choose (C) and click confirm.
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Re: SC - Malpractice [#permalink]  30 Jul 2007, 09:10
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b14kumar wrote:
Even though the direct costs of malpractice disputes amounts to a sum lower than one percent of the \$541 billion the nation spent on health care last year, doctors say fear of lawsuits plays major role in health-care inflation.
(A) amounts to a sum lower
(B) amounts to less
(C) amounted to less
(D) amounted to lower
(E) amounted to a lower sum

direct costs (of malpractice disputes) amount. Therefore AB are wrong.
D is wrong because lower cannot be used in this situation.
E is wrong because amounted and sum are redundant.

this is actually quite an easy question if you knew how less is used.
Less is a very sexy word on the GMAT test. it applies to percentages, money. time, distance, height, and non countable nouns.
Re: SC - Malpractice   [#permalink] 30 Jul 2007, 09:10
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