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Mexico economy [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2004, 15:20
<<During the 1980’s approximately $50 billion in private investment capital is estimated to have left Mexico and added >>to the strain on the country’s debt-ridden economy.
(A) During the 1980’s approximately $50 billion in private investment capital is estimated to have left Mexico and added
(B) During the 1980’s it is estimated that approximately $50 billion in private investment capital left Mexico and added
(C) It is estimated that there was approximately $50 billion in private investment capital that left Mexico during the 1980’s and added
(D) It is estimated that during the 1980’s approximately $50 billion in private investment capital left Mexico, adding
(E) Approximately $50 billion in private investment capital is estimated as having left Mexico during the 1980’s, adding

Plz explain ur answer.
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Re: Mexico economy [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2004, 17:16
I will go with A
estimated to seems to be the correct idiom
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2004, 17:20
I would go with D
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2004, 17:42
Guys can u plaz explain ur answer.
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2004, 18:28
A does not make sense, D is best
subject: $50 billion in private investment capital
action1: is estimated to have left Mexico
conjunction: "and"
action2: added to the strain on the country’s debt-ridden economy

Taken separately:
1- $50 billion in private investment capital is estimated to have left Mexico
2- $50 billion in private investment capital added to the strain on the country’s debt-ridden economy

second sentence is logically flawed.

D) It is estimated that during the 1980’s approximately $50 billion in private investment capital left Mexico, adding to the strain on the country’s debt-ridden economy

What is in red is a participial phrase and also a parenthetical element which can be removed as it does not affect the core meaning of the sentence; it only gives extra information. A participial phrase acts much like an adjective does and it basically says that the fact that "$50 billion in private investment leaving Mexico" is "adding strain on the country's economy"
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2004, 20:36
I agree with Paul. The answer is D.
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2004, 23:22
Yup, D should be it. Paul did a great job analyzing the sentence.
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2004, 23:42
Earlier I also picked (A), but on carefull analysis and after reading Paul's explanation. (D) looks good.
(Why the hell did I select (A)?? :shocked )
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