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According to Interstudy, a nonprofit organization that studies health maintenance organizations (HMOâ€™s), they estimate that, in comparison to last year, when only 36 percent of the nationâ€™s 607 HMOâ€™s was profitable, this year 73 percent will be.

(A) they estimate that, in comparison to last year, when only 36 percent of the nationâ€™s 607 HMOâ€™s was profitable, this year 73 percent will be
(B) compared to only 36 percent of the nationâ€™s 607 HMOâ€™s being profitable last year, they estimate 73 percent would be this year
(C) only 36 percent of the nationâ€™s 607 HMOâ€™s were profitable last year; it estimates that this year 73 percent will be
(D) it estimates 73 percent of the nationâ€™s 607 HMOâ€™s would be profitable this year; last year that was only 36 percent
(E) only 36 percent of the nationâ€™s 607 HMOâ€™s last year were profitable, whereas they estimate it this year to be 73 percent
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09 Nov 2005, 18:45
C sounds clear and best.
'According to interstudy' should modify the beginning of the underlined part. A and D are out
B - "being profitable" is awkward and "percent would be this year" is unclear in what it is referring to.
E - Awkward phrasing " HMOâ€™s last year were profitable" and "whereas they" draws illogical comparison
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09 Nov 2005, 18:50
C for me

(A) (B) (E) use of "they" - unclear

(C) only 36 percent of the nationâ€™s 607 HMOâ€™s were profitable last year; it estimates that this year 73 percent will be
(D) it estimates 73 percent of the nationâ€™s 607 HMOâ€™s would be profitable this year; last year that was only 36 percent

In D I think that we are missing "that" for the sentence to be correct : "it estimates THAT 73%...."
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10 Nov 2005, 06:17
rahulraao wrote:
According to Interstudy, a nonprofit organization that studies health maintenance organizations (HMOâ€™s), they estimate that, in comparison to last year, when only 36 percent of the nationâ€™s 607 HMOâ€™s was profitable, this year 73 percent will be.

(A) they estimate that, in comparison to last year, when only 36 percent of the nationâ€™s 607 HMOâ€™s was profitable, this year 73 percent will be
(B) compared to only 36 percent of the nationâ€™s 607 HMOâ€™s being profitable last year, they estimate 73 percent would be this year
(C) only 36 percent of the nationâ€™s 607 HMOâ€™s were profitable last year; it estimates that this year 73 percent will be
(D) it estimates 73 percent of the nationâ€™s 607 HMOâ€™s would be profitable this year; last year that was only 36 percent
(E) only 36 percent of the nationâ€™s 607 HMOâ€™s last year were profitable, whereas they estimate it this year to be 73 percent

C.

It is not clear whether the "they" in A, B and E refer to Interstudy or the HMO's.

C is more clear than D.
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10 Nov 2005, 06:51
yup got C.

According to and estimate together is redundant in the same clause.

so A, B and D is out.

in E the use of they is redundant.

so C is the only other choice. the use of ; in C is correct.
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10 Nov 2005, 08:03
Interstudy is an organization of some sort, therefore the correct pronoun restatement must be it.

Between C and D, D incorrectly uses the semicolon, not to mention distorts the SVO word order.

Choose C.
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10 Nov 2005, 09:00
(C) only 36 percent of the nationâ€™s 607 HMOâ€™s were profitable last year; it estimates that this year 73 percent will be.

I don't see any other answer choices close but to me C seems incomplete.
The second clause:
it estimates that this year 73 percent will be.

isn't it missing something at the end..?
for example, it might have been better if it was:
it estimates that this year 73 percent will be profitable.

or

it estimates this percentage to be 73% this year.

At first glance I crossed C for incompleteness. Please suggest if there is any rule for these ommisions.
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16 Nov 2005, 01:45
Nice discussion!
OA is C!
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16 Nov 2005, 10:52
Indeed C.

They in A, B and E are too ambiguous.

would in D is wrong.
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