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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 [Reveal] Spoiler: OA _________________ cheers Its Now Or Never VP Joined: 17 Jun 2008 Posts: 1397 Followers: 8 Kudos [?]: 258 [0], given: 0 Re: sc- less than Vs lower than [#permalink] ### Show Tags 22 Jul 2008, 11:48 Kindy post in the difference between less than and lower than. _________________ cheers Its Now Or Never Director Joined: 27 Jun 2008 Posts: 546 WE 1: Investment Banking - 6yrs Followers: 2 Kudos [?]: 56 [0], given: 92 Re: sc- less than Vs lower than [#permalink] ### Show Tags 22 Jul 2008, 12:52 Interesting - I'm contemplating b/w C & D I think C.. :s VP Joined: 17 Jun 2008 Posts: 1397 Followers: 8 Kudos [?]: 258 [0], given: 0 Re: sc- less than Vs lower than [#permalink] ### Show Tags 22 Jul 2008, 19:09 pawan203 wrote: Interesting - I'm contemplating b/w C & D I think C.. :s can explain why not lower but less is to be used ?kindly post the explanations _________________ cheers Its Now Or Never SVP Joined: 07 Nov 2007 Posts: 1820 Location: New York Followers: 31 Kudos [?]: 780 [14] , given: 5 Re: sc- less than Vs lower than [#permalink] ### Show Tags 23 Jul 2008, 12:49 14 This post received KUDOS 1 This post was BOOKMARKED 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

direct costs -- amounts (Sub-ver) problem
A, B are out
E - out amount and sum are redundant.

Here we are comparing amount.. not number..
amount, money --> uncountable. --> we should use less/more (not lower)

I have more amount.
I have more money
I have less money
I have lower money --(wrong)

good question.
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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 direct costs -- amounts (Sub-ver) problem A, B are out E - out amount and sum are redundant. Here we are comparing amount.. not number.. amount, money --> they uncountable. and should use less/more (not lower) I have more amount. I have more money I have less money I have lower money --(wrong) good question. +1 for you thank u OA is C yes uncountable -> less /more measurable in units or countable lower higher this year,profit of the company is less than 10% this year profit of the company equals to a sum lower than 10% I hope this is the funda _________________ cheers Its Now Or Never SVP Joined: 07 Nov 2007 Posts: 1820 Location: New York Followers: 31 Kudos [?]: 780 [1] , given: 5 Re: sc- less than Vs lower than [#permalink] ### Show Tags 23 Jul 2008, 13:01 1 This post received KUDOS spriya wrote: x2suresh wrote: 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

direct costs -- amounts (Sub-ver) problem
A, B are out
E - out amount and sum are redundant.

Here we are comparing amount.. not number..
amount, money --> they uncountable. and should use less/more (not lower)

I have more amount.
I have more money
I have less money
I have lower money --(wrong)

good question.
+1 for you

thank u
OA is C

yes uncountable -> less /more
measurable in units or countable lower higher

this year,profit of the company is less than 10%

this year profit of the company equals to a sum lower than 10%

I hope this is the funda

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24 Jul 2008, 08:49
should use amounted.

So c, d or e

d is wrong

e is wordy

So (C)
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10 Dec 2009, 13:52
that means if there is a answer choice "amounted to a sum lower" would be correct too, right?
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here direct costs is plural, so any thing singular such as " a lower sum" , " a sum less" or " a sum lower" should not come.
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11 Dec 2009, 08:35
tashu wrote:
here direct costs is plural, so any thing singular such as " a lower sum" , " a sum less" or " a sum lower" should not come.

Oh, that's right. I forgot about that part. Thanks.
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past tense 'amounted' is needed.
amount and sum is redundant

'cost' is uncountable - hence less not lower
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17 Dec 2009, 09:12
urchin wrote:
past tense 'amounted' is needed.
amount and sum is redundant

'cost' is uncountable - hence less not lower

I see, thanks. You make it very clear.
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10 Dec 2010, 09:41
They're talking abt the past so -- amounted
Can't quantify 'amount' so it's 'less than' and not 'lower than'
Usage example 1: The water level is lower than expected
Example 2: The amount is far less than expected
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10 Dec 2010, 09:43
ans (C): less is used for uncountable things. as amount was below 1% of 54.. million but the exact amount is not specified ,so we cannot count the exact amt and hence less is used
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10 Dec 2010, 10:27
Should be less than, with amount in the past tense form.
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10 Dec 2010, 10:39
The answer i think is C.
as it is past tense and I prefer less than to lower than. as it is a specific percentage amount value and not an approximation or a rough estimate
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