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Migraine, the most debilitating common form of headache,

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Migraine, the most debilitating common form of headache, afflicts perhaps 18 million Americans, who collectively lose 64 million workdays a year, and they cost the nation $50 billion in medical expenses and lost work time.

(A) year, and they cost the nation $50 billion in medical expenses and lost
(B) year and thus cost the nation $50 billion in medical expenses and lost
(C) year, so as to cost the nation $50 billion in medical expenses and lost
(D) year that costs the nation $50 billion in lost medical expenses and
(E) year, which thus cost the nation $50 billion in lost medical expenses and
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2003, 18:55
A) "they" is not properly referenced

D and E) "lost medical expenses" rules them out

From B and C I would choose B as well because it sound simpler... does anybody have a better reason for choosing B over C ?
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I vote B.

A, C, and E are incorrect because the word "cost" refers back to the word "migraine" and does not agree.

D and E are incorrect because the of "lost medical expenses".

B is correct because it doesn't put a comma after the word "year" thus the phrase "which costs.... year" is no longer parenthetical to "Americans" and the word "cost" now refers back to "Americans" and now agrees.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2004, 12:26
How is B correct?

How can you say that "Migraine....afflicts....and cost the nation"?
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2004, 12:53
hi ndidi04,

I think there is a typo in B->. thus cost(s) the nation If this correction is done then B is the best answer.

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