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Insomnia affects approximately 10 million Americans, who lose collectively 30 million workdays a year, and they cost the nation \$1 billion in lost work time.

(A) year, and they cost the nation \$1 billion in lost
(B) year and thus cost the nation \$1 billion in lost
(C) year, so as to cost the nation \$1 billion in lost
(D) year that costs the nation \$1 billion in lost
(E) year, which thus cost the nation \$1 billion in lost

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04 May 2005, 01:26
Americans lose collectively...and thus cost...

It is B.

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04 May 2005, 08:26
None of the answer choices are correct.

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04 May 2005, 08:34
B is perfect because it is a dep. clause linked by a conjunction and part of the modifier modifying "Americans". Hence, "cost" is good.
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04 May 2005, 09:00
Paul wrote:
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Americans lose collectively...and thus cost...

It is B.

This is a perfect explanation

Paul, Note that it is not Americans, who cost lost revenues. Instead it is Insomnia, which causes in lost revenues.

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04 May 2005, 09:03
But who lose 30 million \$ collectively? Is it insomnia or Americans? "thus" is the continuation of the idea that those same Americans do not only lose that much money collectively but "they" also cost the nation a lot of money
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04 May 2005, 09:52
Paul wrote:
But who lose 30 million \$ collectively? Is it insomnia or Americans?

I agree. It is Americans.

Paul wrote:
"thus" is the continuation of the idea that those same Americans do not only lose that much money collectively but "they" also cost the nation a lot of money

But second portion should refer either to Insomnia or to the "effect of Insomnia on Americans".

Am I missing something ?

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04 May 2005, 10:54
B for me too.

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04 May 2005, 18:11
It is insomnia that costs, not something done to americans. The subject here is insomnia...not americans , so singular verb is needed.

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04 May 2005, 19:09
Can you tell me if this sentence is wrong?

XYZ has a team of 50 unsuccessful traders, who collectively lost \$1 million and cost the firm half a million in lost work days.

The same logic applies to the original sentence whereby "traders/Americans" should be the subject of the relative clauses
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Paul wrote:
Can you tell me if this sentence is wrong?

XYZ has a team of 50 unsuccessful traders, who collectively lost \$1 million and cost the firm half a million in lost work days.

The same logic applies to the original sentence whereby "traders/Americans" should be the subject of the relative clauses

Here who refers to "50 unsuccessful traders".
So, we are refering to:
1. 50 unsuccessful traders collectively lost \$1 million.
2. 50 unsuccessful traders cost the firm half a million in lost work days.

Here it makes sense because these 50 UNSUCCESSFUL traders were directly responsible for the loss.

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04 May 2005, 20:40
ans B

D,E out because which and that is not clear
A, they is ambiguous
C, so as to is unidiomatic

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04 May 2005, 20:49
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Paul wrote:
Can you tell me if this sentence is wrong?

XYZ has a team of 50 unsuccessful traders, who collectively lost \$1 million and cost the firm half a million in lost work days.

The same logic applies to the original sentence whereby "traders/Americans" should be the subject of the relative clauses

Here who refers to "50 unsuccessful traders".
So, we are refering to:
1. 50 unsuccessful traders collectively lost \$1 million.
2. 50 unsuccessful traders cost the firm half a million in lost work days.

Here it makes sense because these 50 UNSUCCESSFUL traders were directly responsible for the loss.

So why do you insist that "cost" must be associated to "insomnia" rather than "Americans"? Do you see that "Americans" can also be a cost to the nation?
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05 May 2005, 01:38
OA is B

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05 May 2005, 04:44
A, E are easily eliminated.

If B changes into "thus costs the nation \$1 billion in lost", B is the best because cost refers to insomnia rather than to Americans.

In D, "that" being placed right after "year" makes confusing.

So C is left and is the choice (although it is not the best)
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