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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
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Re: SC-malpractice disputes [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2008, 12:12
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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 -> IMO C

D. amounted to lower

E. amounted to a lower sum


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Re: SC-malpractice disputes [#permalink] New post 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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Re: SC-malpractice disputes [#permalink] New post 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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Re: SC-malpractice disputes   [#permalink] 23 Jul 2008, 16:18
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