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9. 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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binho12 wrote:
9. 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


A, D and E is out because americans cannot cost the nation...

so as to is incorret in C....

Choose B.
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Yup..Down to B and C. "so ..as" seems incorrect.Hence (B)
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Re: SC [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2006, 08:51
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9. 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


"lost ...expenses" is redundant! ...."expense" itself means sth lost ...we don't need to add "lost " here --> D and E out.

"who" suffices to be the common subject of "lose" and "cost" --> we don't need "they" --> A out.
"so as to" expresses a purpose ---> it distorts the original meaning ---> C out.

B stands.
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2006, 22:41
I agree with the OA, but shouldn't the beginning of the sentence read:

Migraines, the most debilitating common form of headaches, afflict... and thus cost...

Either I am way out in left field or this sentence is dreadfully composed :madd
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9. 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


I too chose B

In D "that" refers to the closest noun ie., the "year" right? or am i missing something?
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2006, 03:58
GMATT73 wrote:
I agree with the OA, but shouldn't the beginning of the sentence read:

Migraines, the most debilitating common form of headaches, afflict... and thus cost...

Either I am way out in left field or this sentence is dreadfully composed :madd


The costing part refers to the work days lost by the Americans afflicted with migraine and not to the migraine itself. The original sentence defines this point, I guess - "they cost "
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2006, 06:07
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GMATT73 wrote:
I agree with the OA, but shouldn't the beginning of the sentence read:

Migraines, the most debilitating common form of headaches, afflict... and thus cost...

Either I am way out in left field or this sentence is dreadfully composed :madd


The costing part refers to the work days lost by the Americans afflicted with migraine and not to the migraine itself. The original sentence defines this point, I guess - "they cost "


Good point, but I still think the sentence is awkwardly constructed using the singular "migrane." This one is debatable...but who cares right? It's not our job to revise the non-underlined portion of the sentence.
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