Find all School-related info fast with the new School-Specific MBA Forum

 It is currently 05 May 2015, 14:29

### GMAT Club Daily Prep

#### Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

# Events & Promotions

###### Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

# Even though the direct costs of malpractice disputes amounts

 Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics
Author Message
TAGS:
Manager
Joined: 23 Nov 2009
Posts: 90
Schools: Wharton..:)
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 33 [0], given: 14

Re: sc- less than Vs lower than [#permalink]  10 Dec 2010, 11:42
concept tested here is : S-V agreement +lower/less
subject is the direct costs so verb has to be singular..-a,b out
uncountables use less/more not lower so option C
_________________

" What [i] do is not beyond anybody else's competence"- warren buffett
My Gmat experience -http://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-710-q-47-v-41-tips-for-non-natives-107086.html

Senior Manager
Joined: 18 Sep 2009
Posts: 372
Followers: 3

Kudos [?]: 148 [0], given: 2

Re: sc- less than Vs lower than [#permalink]  10 Dec 2010, 14:12
first of all the sentence is in past tense. So "amounted to" is right usage. this eliminates A and B.
"amounted to a lower sum" - redundant. eliminate E
"amounted to lower"- amounted is uncountable ,usage of "less" is correct.
Answer is C
Manager
Joined: 23 Oct 2010
Posts: 87
Location: India
Followers: 3

Kudos [?]: 22 [0], given: 6

Re: sc- less than Vs lower than [#permalink]  11 Dec 2010, 22:26
C.

A and B are incorrect: use amounts (singular) for direct costs (plural)
Quote:
C : less is used for countable nouns. lower than should be used for non countable nouns

Well, after posting the answer I went through my notes and reference material.
I found the reasoning that I used in the quoted part to be wrong.
less than is used for non countable nouns and lower than for countable nouns
In this sentence 1% of xx billion $= money. Money is uncountable -> fewer than some money - worng (fewer is used for countable nouns) lower than some money - wrong less than some money - correct The confusion is created as x$ is countable. But it is countable only if it refers to $bills (actual paper notes). Looking at the sentence (and 99% of the time in GMAT) x$ is referring to money and not actual $bills. hence it becomes uncountable. Manager Joined: 31 May 2010 Posts: 99 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 29 [0], given: 25 Re: sc- less than Vs lower than [#permalink] 13 Dec 2010, 18:02 Its C Redundacy - Amount & SUM so A and E out Parallelism lead 'amonted; with 'spent' As its uncountable - so 'Less' not 'Lower' _________________ Kudos if any of my post helps you !!! Manager Joined: 13 Jul 2010 Posts: 169 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 27 [0], given: 7 Re: sc- less than Vs lower than [#permalink] 13 Dec 2010, 18:17 Agreed with C. Amounted needs to be in the past tense to fit the setting of last year and money is uncountable so requires the descriptive less rather than lower. Senior Manager Joined: 19 Oct 2010 Posts: 274 Location: India GMAT 1: 560 Q36 V31 GPA: 3 Followers: 6 Kudos [?]: 42 [0], given: 27 Re: sc- less than Vs lower than [#permalink] 22 Jan 2011, 01:20 USCTrojan2006 wrote: Should be less than, with amount in the past tense form. this is the simplest explanation why it's C _________________ petrifiedbutstanding Manager Joined: 04 Sep 2010 Posts: 84 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 5 [0], given: 11 Re: sc- less than Vs lower than [#permalink] 26 May 2011, 04:58 spriya 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

costs is plural so A and B are out E has redundant "sum so it is also out

Between Less and Lower ;
I will go for Less as it is for Costs
Retired Moderator
Status: 2000 posts! I don't know whether I should feel great or sad about it! LOL
Joined: 04 Oct 2009
Posts: 1725
Location: Peru
Schools: Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, MIT & HKS (Government)
WE 1: Economic research
WE 2: Banking
WE 3: Government: Foreign Trade and SMEs
Followers: 74

Kudos [?]: 438 [0], given: 109

Re: sc- less than Vs lower than [#permalink]  26 May 2011, 09:53
+1 C

"Lower" can be only an adjective.
_________________

"Life’s battle doesn’t always go to stronger or faster men; but sooner or later the man who wins is the one who thinks he can."

My Integrated Reasoning Logbook / Diary: my-ir-logbook-diary-133264.html

GMAT Club Premium Membership - big benefits and savings

Senior Manager
Joined: 24 Mar 2011
Posts: 465
Location: Texas
Followers: 4

Kudos [?]: 74 [0], given: 20

Re: sc- less than Vs lower than [#permalink]  26 May 2011, 10:01
Note the difference in lower vs. less

i scored lower than my sister
vs.
i scored 1% less than my sister
Current Student
Status: Final Lap Up!!!
Affiliations: NYK Line
Joined: 21 Sep 2012
Posts: 1097
Location: India
GMAT 1: 410 Q35 V11
GMAT 2: 530 Q44 V20
GMAT 3: 630 Q45 V31
GPA: 3.84
WE: Engineering (Transportation)
Followers: 33

Kudos [?]: 319 [0], given: 68

Re: Even though the direct costs of malpractice disputes amounts [#permalink]  14 Dec 2012, 18:40
Percent is uncountable unless the clearly specified how much is the money it should be considered Countable but when percent is mentioned it requires uncountable usage i.e. less

B and C : B is eliminated since it is singular subject the costs is plural hene answer is C.
Intern
Joined: 14 Oct 2012
Posts: 32
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 4 [0], given: 15

Re: Even though the direct costs of malpractice disputes amounts [#permalink]  03 Jan 2013, 23:31
I got the OA but not sure if my method was corrrect. Basically I substituted in the ellipsis-ed (!) word into the second half of the sentence:
" but (whom) were eventually discovered" --> wrong because they (not them) were eventually discovered
"but (who) were eventually discovered" --> great!
CEO
Joined: 01 Oct 2013
Posts: 3814
Followers: 425

Kudos [?]: 92 [0], given: 0

Re: Even though the direct costs of malpractice disputes amounts [#permalink]  25 Jan 2014, 06:41
Hello from the GMAT Club VerbalBot!

Thanks to another GMAT Club member, I have just discovered this valuable topic, yet it had no discussion for over a year. I am now bumping it up - doing my job. I think you may find it valuable (esp those replies with Kudos).

Want to see all other topics I dig out? Follow me (click follow button on profile). You will receive a summary of all topics I bump in your profile area as well as via email.
Re: Even though the direct costs of malpractice disputes amounts   [#permalink] 25 Jan 2014, 06:41

Go to page   Previous    1   2   [ 32 posts ]

Similar topics Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
Even though it was no longer cost-effective 2 13 Jun 2014, 17:44
Even though the costs of paying baseball players amounts to 5 01 Dec 2010, 21:15
Even if of Even though 11 20 Nov 2008, 13:23
Even though the direct costs of malpractice disputes amounts 3 23 Jul 2008, 12:07
2 Even though the direct costs of malpractice disputes amounts 8 16 Mar 2006, 19:07
Display posts from previous: Sort by

# Even though the direct costs of malpractice disputes amounts

 Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics

 Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group and phpBB SEO Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.