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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 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. If you have any questions you can ask an expert New! CEO Joined: 21 Jan 2007 Posts: 2756 Location: New York City Followers: 11 Kudos [?]: 857 [2] , given: 4 Re: SC - Malpractice [#permalink] ### Show Tags 30 Jul 2007, 09:10 2 This post received KUDOS 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.
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16 Mar 2006, 20:10
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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 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. Please help me finding the correct answer. Also explain your choice. '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.
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16 Mar 2006, 21:26
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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 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. Please help me finding the correct answer. Also explain your choice. '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.

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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.
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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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17 Mar 2006, 05:15
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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17 Mar 2006, 07:27
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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...

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

OA is C.

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17 Mar 2006, 07:36
amounted....last year (past tense)

less than 1% (idiomatic)

Choose (C) and click confirm.
17 Mar 2006, 07:36
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