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# During the 1980s approximately \$50 billion in private

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During the 1980s approximately \$50 billion in private [#permalink]

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During the 1980â€™s approximately \$50 billion in private investment capital is estimated to have left Mexico and added to the strain on the countryâ€™s debt-ridden economy.
(A) During the 1980â€™s approximately \$50 billion in private investment capital is estimated to have left Mexico and added
(B) During the 1980â€™s it is estimated that approximately \$50 billion in private investment capital left Mexico and added
(C) It is estimated that there was approximately \$50 billion in private investment capital that left Mexico during the 1980â€™s and added
(D) It is estimated that during the 1980â€™s approximately \$50 billion in private investment capital left Mexico, adding
(E) Approximately \$50 billion in private investment capital is estimated as having left Mexico during the 1980â€™s, adding

I have a specific question...here E is wrong since the scentence is framed such that the \$50billion left mexico on it own (walked away?) ....i am uncomfortable about this choice but am not able to say why...could someone please explain ?

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06 May 2006, 19:18
prude_sb wrote:
I have a specific question...here E is wrong since the scentence is framed such that the \$50billion left mexico on it own (walked away?) ....i am uncomfortable about this choice but am not able to say why...could someone please explain ?

imo, your reasong is correct in that capital itself cannot left mexico. so only correct choice is D.

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During the 1980â€™s approximately \$50 billion in private investment capital is estimated to have left Mexico and added to the strain on the countryâ€™s debt-ridden economy.

(D) It is estimated that during the 1980â€™s approximately \$50 billion in private investment capital left Mexico, adding
(E) Approximately \$50 billion in private investment capital is estimated as having left Mexico during the 1980â€™s, adding

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07 May 2006, 03:01
I vote for D , but my reasoning is different.

All of the choices are in active voice so all of them have the meaning that the \$50 billion left the country by itself. So it is not the issue here.

A) \$50 billion is what estimated here and not that it has left Mexico Incorrect
B) left and added ? The meaning should be: it left, thus it added Incorrect
C) as above Incorrect
D) Correct
E) estimated as is unidiomatic

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07 May 2006, 04:01
IMO they are all redundant: estimated and approximately shouldn`t refer to the same thing.

(D) would be the lesser of all evils.

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07 May 2006, 04:20
GMATT73 wrote:
IMO they are all redundant: estimated and approximately shouldn`t refer to the same thing.

(D) would be the lesser of all evils.

They could actually. Can you say "I estimate it to be worth exactly \$50" ? Yes, you can. So if you can say "estimate exactly", you can also say "estimate approximately". It is not redundant at all.

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07 May 2006, 08:02
thanks guys....OA is D

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07 May 2006, 19:40
deowl wrote:
GMATT73 wrote:
IMO they are all redundant: estimated and approximately shouldn`t refer to the same thing.

(D) would be the lesser of all evils.

They could actually. Can you say "I estimate it to be worth exactly \$50" ? Yes, you can. So if you can say "estimate exactly", you can also say "estimate approximately". It is not redundant at all.

You have a point but I remember reading in PR "estimate + approximately" is redundant in GMAT

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