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Migraine, the most debilitating common form of headache,

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16. 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 16 Jun 2005, 01:05
pick D because of the word 'costs'...Migraine should be singular (i think!)
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Jun 2005, 01:37
'they' in A does not have a clear noun referant. So A is out.

'so as to' is not idiomatic. the idiom is 'so X as to Y' is the idiomatic form. So C is out.

'lost medical expenses' is not wrong so D and E are out.

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Re: SC:Migraine [#permalink] New post 16 Jun 2005, 03:58
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16. 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


Where is this from? It doesn't seem like a good gmat question, too many things to consider:
a) ackward
b) do americans cost the nation 50 billion ? that doesn't seem right, we are talking about sickness which is singular and which "costs"; the best usage would be "and thus costing the nation ..."
c) wrong idiom
d) lost medical expenses is not right
e) the same

what's the source?
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Jun 2005, 22:38
Me too for B.

A is out because They pronoun is incorrect reference for migraine.
C is out because- SO as to cost nations---sounds vey awkward.
D is out - Lost medical expenses !!!!!!
E is out - WHich thus !!!! doesn't sound sweet together to me also lost medical expenses....Lost is for work time and not for expenses...


However, I have a question, should not "thus" in B be follweed by costing instead of cost ? Any thought on it.
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2005, 00:27
OA is B
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