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Even though the direct costs of malpractice disputes amounts

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Even though the direct costs of malpractice disputes amounts to a sum lower than one percent of the \$541 billion the nation spent on health care last year, doctors say fear of lawsuits plays major role in health-care inflation.
(A) amounts to a sum lower
(B) amounts to less
(C) amounted to less
(D) amounted to lower
(E) amounted to a lower sum

I could not understand the meaning of the sentence.

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30 Jul 2007, 10:10
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b14kumar wrote:
Even though the direct costs of malpractice disputes amounts to a sum lower than one percent of the \$541 billion the nation spent on health care last year, doctors say fear of lawsuits plays major role in health-care inflation.
(A) amounts to a sum lower
(B) amounts to less
(C) amounted to less
(D) amounted to lower
(E) amounted to a lower sum

direct costs (of malpractice disputes) amount. Therefore AB are wrong.
D is wrong because lower cannot be used in this situation.
E is wrong because amounted and sum are redundant.

this is actually quite an easy question if you knew how less is used.
Less is a very sexy word on the GMAT test. it applies to percentages, money. time, distance, height, and non countable nouns.

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16 Mar 2006, 21:10
b14kumar wrote:
Even though the direct costs of malpractice disputes amounts to a sum lower than one percent of the \$541 billion the nation spent on health care last year, doctors say fear of lawsuits plays major role in health-care inflation.
(A) amounts to a sum lower wordy
(B) amounts to less S/V agreement
(C) amounted to less correct
(D) amounted to lower shoud be less
(E) amounted to a lower sum wordy/incorrect
I could not understand the meaning of the sentence.

'C' it is.

Even though the direct costs of malpractice disputes amounted to less than one percent of the \$541 billion the nation spent on health care last year, doctors say fear of lawsuits plays major role in health-care inflation.

Only less than we must used here.
Direct costs are plural so 'B' with its 'amounts' is out.

C is the correct answer. Pls.

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16 Mar 2006, 22:26
M8 wrote:
b14kumar wrote:
Even though the direct costs of malpractice disputes amounts to a sum lower than one percent of the \$541 billion the nation spent on health care last year, doctors say fear of lawsuits plays major role in health-care inflation.
(A) amounts to a sum lower wordy
(B) amounts to less S/V agreement
(C) amounted to less correct
(D) amounted to lower shoud be less
(E) amounted to a lower sum wordy/incorrect
I could not understand the meaning of the sentence.

'C' it is.

Even though the direct costs of malpractice disputes amounted to less than one percent of the \$541 billion the nation spent on health care last year, doctors say fear of lawsuits plays major role in health-care inflation.

Only less than we must used here.
Direct costs are plural so 'B' with its 'amounts' is out.

C is the correct answer. Pls.

Initially I thought 'disputes' is a verb so I was confused.
Now I think 'disputes' is a noun here and 'amounted to' means 'equivalent to'. Also only 'less than' should be used here.

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Brajesh

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16 Mar 2006, 22:39
b14kumar wrote:
Even though the direct costs of malpractice disputes amounts to a sum lower than one percent of the \$541 billion the nation spent on health care last year, doctors say fear of lawsuits plays major role in health-care inflation.
(A) amounts to a sum lower
(B) amounts to less
(C) amounted to less
(D) amounted to lower
(E) amounted to a lower sum

subject = "the direct costs of malpractice disputes" which is a plural. so it needs plural verb, which rules out A and B.

we need leass than to quantify uncount-noun "1% of the \$541 billion". So only C fits to this sentence.

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17 Mar 2006, 03:07
^ C ^

Even though the direct costs of malpractice disputes amounted to less than one percent of the \$541 billion the nation spent on health care last year, doctors say fear of lawsuits plays major role in health-care inflation.

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17 Mar 2006, 06:15
I had a hard time choosing one between C and D. I finally chose C. But, I want to know the reason as to why D is wrong.
Help pleaaase...

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17 Mar 2006, 08:27
chuckle wrote:
I had a hard time choosing one between C and D. I finally chose C. But, I want to know the reason as to why D is wrong.
Help pleaaase...

We need to use 'less than' to qualify uncountable nouns.
So C is the correct option.

OA is C.

Regards,
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17 Mar 2006, 08:36
amounted....last year (past tense)

less than 1% (idiomatic)

Choose (C) and click confirm.

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