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19 Jul 2005, 00:22
According to Interstudy, a nonprofit organization
that studies health maintenance organizations
(HMO's), they estimate that, in comparison to last
year, when only 36 percent of the nation's 607
HMO's was profitable, this year 73 percent will be.

(A) they estimate that, in comparison to last year,
when only 36 percent of the nation's 607
HMO's was profitable, this year 73 percent
will be

(B) compared to only 36 percent of the nation's 607
HMO's being profitable last year, they esti-
mate 73 percent would be this year
(C) only 36 percent of the nation's 607 HMO's were
profitable last year; it estimates that this year
73 percent will be
(D) it estimates 73 percent of the nation's 607
HMO's would be profitable this year; last
year that was only 36 percent
(E) only 36 percent of the nation's 607 HMO's last
year were profitable, whereas they estimate it
this year to be 73 percent
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19 Jul 2005, 03:01
I think D.
C is too wordy. in comparison to last year...last year, is wordy.
what is the right answer?
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19 Jul 2005, 05:02
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I think, it is wrong to say:
According to Interstudy, _________________________, it estimates ......bla, bla bla.

Arsene_Wenger
According to OA you are right. But is it correct to say " it estimates that this year 73 percent will be". Shoudn't it be "estimates .... to be ...."?
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19 Jul 2005, 06:00
only C is clear and concise.

we need noun immidately after the noun pharse "according to interstudy". the noun is "only 36 percent of the nation's 607 HMO's", which is plural and requires plural verb were. pronoun "it" has proper antecedent "interstudy, an organization".

rest have one or more problems.
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19 Jul 2005, 06:21
Is it typed/underlined correctly? Some of the answers make me think that more of the original paragraph should be underlined.

Since "they estimate that" is not underlined... that leads me to think that it cannot be C. C makes it wordy by repeating the "estimates"; in addition... to me it reads that "they estimate that... only 36% of the..." and that would not be an estimate because it's last years figure.

As for A), I don't like the use of "when" (could be correct, but it does not sound correct to me)

B) uses the words from the last sentence not underlined, so its repetitious

D) would make sense to me if the first 2 words were gone (it estimates)... which is why I wonder if more of the original paragraph should be underlined

E) same reason as why I don't like C.

Look forward to hearing the answer!!
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19 Jul 2005, 07:48
Please explain me the construction of the phrase:
"it estimates that this year 73 percent will be".
I have never heard or read anything like this. Seems to me, it is some kind of non-standart phrase, isn't it?

BTW, the answer is C
19 Jul 2005, 07:48
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