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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 fifty percent less likely to die of a heart attack as those who are sedentary
(E) are at least fifty percent less likely than those who are sedentary to die of a heart attack
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2005, 19:00
I think A is correct.

"People who exercise have 1/2 the chance...as the people (those) who are sedentary"
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Re: sc - heart attack [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2005, 19:27
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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 fifty percent less likely to die of a heart attack as those who are sedentary
(E) are at least fifty percent less likely than those who are sedentary to die of a heart attack


we need " less" or " more" to use comparison with "than" ...I eliminate B and C this way.
D's " less .....as " is unidiomatic .
E gonna be fine if " to die of a heart attack" were put right after " less likely".
I'm left with A.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2005, 02:32
...half or less than half... doesn't sound good.

I go for (E).
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2005, 05:28
The OE is E... can someone explain what's wrong with D?
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2005, 06:30
gamjatang wrote:
...half or less than half... doesn't sound good.

I go for (E).


exactly. any expression like this one is always is incorrect in gmat.. :wink:
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2005, 06:42
A is wrong because "half" is redundant. At least 50% implies a minimum of half, (think Math </=) but in a more succinct manner.

Moreover, half a chance is unidiomatic. Fifty percent less likely than is on the money.

E should be it.
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