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Several studies have found that the coronary patients who exercise most actively have half or less than half the chance of dying of a heart attack as those who are sedentary.

A. have half or less than half the chance of dying of a heart attack as those who are sedentary

B. have half the chance, or less, of dying of a heart attack than those who are sedentary do.

C. have half the chance that they will die of a heart attack or less, than those who are sedentary do.

D. are at least 50 % less likely to die of a heart attack as those who are sedentary.

E. are at least 50% less likely than those who are sedentary to die of a heart attack.
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Re: Several studies have found that... [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2011, 11:37
my material says that the answer is E.. but i marked B.

Can someone post the explanation..

A,C,D are out.. why is E correct and B incorrect??
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Re: Several studies have found that... [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2011, 12:02
A. have half or less than half the chance of dying of a heart attack as those who are sedentary
half or less than half is just wordy//less than..as
B. have half the chance, or less, of dying of a heart attack than those who are sedentary do.
Awkward, Wordy, Comma splice ", or less", "who are sedantary do" doesn't make any sense.
C. have half the chance that they will die of a heart attack or less, than those who are sedentary do.
Awakward. Can heart attack be less?
D. are at least 50 % less likely to die of a heart attack as those who are sedentary.
less..as
E. are at least 50% less likely than those who are sedentary to die of a heart attack.
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Re: Several studies have found that... [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2011, 12:07
but E says- "who are sedentary to die of a heart attack".. isnt that a misplaced modifier?
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Re: Several studies have found that... [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2011, 12:16
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but E says- "who are sedentary to die of a heart attack".. isnt that a misplaced modifier?

I agree about the modifier that it is misplaced. But other choices are really awkward. I mean B has far more serious errors, and it lacks style too.
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1.The reason why A,B, and C are out is that, they use a positive but questionable term ‘chance’ for describing a negative factors such as dying of a heart attack. It is customary to use chance with happy and positive events such as winning a jackpot or getting admission into the Whartons or the Harvards etc. For such unsavory phenomena as dying, risk is the fitting term

2. D uses wrong idiom – less likely as

3. If the phrase “who are sedentary to die of a heart attack" is misplaced in E, where else can we fit in that better? You can not, in my opinion. Therefore sgupta0827 is right in saying that others have more serious errors and lack style.
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Re: Several studies have found that... [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2011, 22:56
E because it is just better than others
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Re: Several studies have found that... [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2011, 23:11
A,B,C...discarded...
between d & E, E has correct usage of than ... so E
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Re: Several studies have found that... [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2011, 23:16
E is the best among the given choices. Less likely ..... should be followed by than( Comparative form)
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Re: Several studies have found that the coronary patients who [#permalink] New post 16 Feb 2014, 01:19
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Several studies have found that the coronary patients who exercise most actively have half or less than half the chance of dying of a heart attack as those who are sedentary.

A. have half or less than half the chance of dying of a heart attack as those who are sedentary

B. have half the chance, or less, of dying of a heart attack than those who are sedentary do.

C. have half the chance that they will die of a heart attack or less, than those who are sedentary do.

D. are at least 50 % less likely to die of a heart attack as those who are sedentary.

E. are at least 50% less likely than those who are sedentary to die of a heart attack.


half chance ...than
is not idiomatic. so, A,B and C are out
less likely to die as
is not idomatic. So D is out

this sc problem is purely idiom testing, a rare situation happening on gmat sc land
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