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Estimated damages caused by Hurricane Katrina amounted to a sum of $81

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Estimated damages caused by Hurricane Katrina amounted to a sum of $81.2 billion.

A. Estimated damages caused by Hurricane Katrina amounted to a sum of $81.2 billion
B. Hurricane Katrina caused estimated damages that amounted to a sum of $81.2 billion
C. Hurricane Katrina estimated damages that amounted to $81.2 billion
D. Hurricane Katrina caused estimated damages amounting to $81.2 billion
E. Estimated damages amounting to the sum of $81.2 billion were caused by Hurricane Katrina
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New post 11 Jul 2016, 04:27
A
amounted to a sum is redundant

B same as A
D is correct
C changes the intended meaning
E same as A




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Can someone please explain why A and E are incorrect and Why D is correct..
I am unable to understand this sentence.

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Can someone please explain why A and E are incorrect and Why D is correct..
I am unable to understand this sentence.


A. Estimated damages caused by Hurricane Katrina amounted to a sum of $81.2 billion - Incorrect. Using amount and sum is redundant. Also the option is in passive form.

B. Hurricane Katrina caused estimated damages that amounted to a sum of $81.2 billion - Incorrect. Redundancy.

C. Hurricane Katrina estimated damages that amounted to $81.2 billion - Incorrect. Illogical. Hurricane Katrina did not estimate damages.

D. Hurricane Katrina caused estimated damages amounting to $81.2 billion - Correct.

E. Estimated damages amounting to the sum of $81.2 billion were caused by Hurricane Katrina - Incorrect. Same errors as in A.

Answer: D

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alpham wrote:
Estimated damages caused by Hurricane Katrina amounted to a sum of $81.2 billion.

A. Estimated damages caused by Hurricane Katrina amounted to a sum of $81.2 billion
B. Hurricane Katrina caused estimated damages that amounted to a sum of $81.2 billion
C. Hurricane Katrina estimated damages that amounted to $81.2 billion
D. Hurricane Katrina caused estimated damages amounting to $81.2 billion
E. Estimated damages amounting to the sum of $81.2 billion were caused by Hurricane Katrina



I initially thought of D since 'amounting to' and 'sum of ' is redundant. But still have a doubt whether writing caused- estimated damages is correct.
Caused- damages that estimated sounds more apt. Can the experts give their inputs please.

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Estimated damages caused by Hurricane Katrina amounted to a sum of $81.2 billion.

A. Estimated damages caused by Hurricane Katrina amounted to a sum of $81.2 billion
B. Hurricane Katrina caused estimated damages that amounted to a sum of $81.2 billion
C. Hurricane Katrina estimated damages that amounted to $81.2 billion
D. Hurricane Katrina caused estimated damages amounting to $81.2 billion
E. Estimated damages amounting to the sum of $81.2 billion were caused by Hurricane Katrina



I initially thought of D since 'amounting to' and 'sum of ' is redundant. But still have a doubt whether writing caused- estimated damages is correct.
Caused- damages that estimated sounds more apt. Can the experts give their inputs please.


The cost of damages amounted to $81.2b. The cost of damages was not estimated to be $81.2b.

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alpham wrote:
Estimated damages caused by Hurricane Katrina amounted to a sum of $81.2 billion.

A. Estimated damages caused by Hurricane Katrina amounted to a sum of $81.2 billion
B. Hurricane Katrina caused estimated damages that amounted to a sum of $81.2 billion
C. Hurricane Katrina estimated damages that amounted to $81.2 billion
D. Hurricane Katrina caused estimated damages amounting to $81.2 billion
E. Estimated damages amounting to the sum of $81.2 billion were caused by Hurricane Katrina


The answer is D

This question tests on redundancy and causal relationship.
Amounted to and sum both convey the same meaning therefore only one is required.


Only C and D remain
C changes the meaning as it suggests that Hurricane Katrina estimated damages .This is nonsensical
So D is the clear answer
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Shouldn't A be correct?

In D, "amounting" refers to the subject Hurricane Katrina.
Hurricane Katrina is not amounting to $81.2bn
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