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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 a 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 If you have any questions you can ask an expert New! VP Joined: 17 Jun 2008 Posts: 1397 Followers: 8 Kudos [?]: 290 [0], given: 0 Re: SC-malpractice disputes [#permalink] ### Show Tags 23 Jul 2008, 12:12 goalsnr 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 a major role in health-care inflation.

A. amounts to a sum lower

B. amounts to less

C. amounted to less -> IMO C

D. amounted to lower

E. amounted to a lower sum

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23 Jul 2008, 12:40
Verb Tense in Dependent Clause - (Past tense - ex: last year)

This eliminates: A and B

E: awkward - eliminate it

Between C and D:

Lower/higher requires two comparison entities – not applicable to this context.

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23 Jul 2008, 16:18
goalsnr 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 a 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

OA is C

costs - plural, amounts - singular
=> A,B ->OUT

less than - idiom
->D,E =>OUT

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