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# It has been estimated that the annual cost to the United

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It has been estimated that the annual cost to the United States of illiteracy in lost industrial output and tax revenues is at least \$20 billion a year.

(A) the annual cost to the United States of illiteracy in lost industrial output and tax revenues is at least \$20 billion a year
(B) the annual cost of illiteracy to the United States is at least \$20 billion a year because of lost industrial output and tax revenues
(C) illiteracy costs the United States at least \$20 billion a year in lost industrial output and tax revenues
(D) \$20 billion a year in lost industrial output and tax revenues is the annual cost to the United States of illiteracy
(E) lost industrial output and tax revenues cost the United States at least \$20 billion a year because of illiteracy
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28 Nov 2006, 13:57
C for me, we talking about the estimated illiteracy costs

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29 Nov 2006, 22:44
438. It has been estimated that the annual cost to the United States of illiteracy in lost industrial output and tax revenues is at least \$20 billion a year.(A) the annual cost to the United States of illiteracy in lost industrial output and tax revenues is at least \$20 billion a year
(B) the annual cost of illiteracy to the United States is at least \$20 billion a year because of lost industrial output and tax revenues
(C) illiteracy costs the United States at least \$20 billion a year in lost industrial output and tax revenues
(D) \$20 billion a year in lost industrial output and tax revenues is the annual cost to the United States of illiteracy
(E) lost industrial output and tax revenues cost the United States at least \$20 billion a year because of illiteracy

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30 Nov 2006, 21:43
"the annual cost of illiteracy to the US"... a bit awkward isn't it?

It's C then.

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09 May 2013, 03:28
Sociologists estimate that the annual cost to the region of unemployment in lost productivity and trade revenues is more than \$10 billion per year.

A the annual cost to the region of unemployment in lost productivity and trade revenues is more than \$10 billion per year
B the annual cost of unemployment to the region is more than \$10 billion per year because of lost productivity and trade revenues
C unemployment costs the region more than \$10 billion per year in lost productivity and trade revenues
D \$10 billion per year in lost productivity and trade revenues is the annual cost to the region of unemployment
E lost productivity and trade revenues cost the region at least \$10 billion per year because of unemployment

just wanted to know Annual and per year is redundant phrase?

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09 May 2013, 05:05
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Sociologists estimate that the annual cost to the region of unemployment in lost productivity and trade revenues is more than \$10 billion per year.

A the annual cost to the region of unemployment in lost productivity and trade revenues is more than \$10 billion per year
B the annual cost of unemployment to the region is more than \$10 billion per year because of lost productivity and trade revenues
C unemployment costs the region more than \$10 billion per year in lost productivity and trade revenues
D \$10 billion per year in lost productivity and trade revenues is the annual cost to the region of unemployment
E lost productivity and trade revenues cost the region at least \$10 billion per year because of unemployment

just wanted to know Annual and per year is redundant phrase?

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I believe yes ...
there is no need to use per year if we have already used annually, because both mean the same.
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Redundancy of annual and per year; kill A,B and D. Between C and E, E has a peculiar twist to the meaning. E, per se, may be absurdly taken to mean that the lost industrial output and tax revenues lacked literacy and cost the country the estimated amount. So C
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jyotsnasarabu wrote:
It has been estimated that the annual cost to the United States of illiteracy in lost industrial output and tax revenues is at least \$20 billion a year.

(A) the annual cost to the United States of illiteracy in lost industrial output and tax revenues is at least \$20 billion a year
(B) the annual cost of illiteracy to the United States is at least \$20 billion a year because of lost industrial output and tax revenues
(C) illiteracy costs the United States at least \$20 billion a year in lost industrial output and tax revenues
(D) \$20 billion a year in lost industrial output and tax revenues is the annual cost to the United States of illiteracy
(E) lost industrial output and tax revenues cost the United States at least \$20 billion a year because of illiteracy

(A) "annual" + "a year" --> redundant. Sentence is verbose and awkwardly structured.
(B) "annual" + "a year" --> redundant. "because of" is incorrect idiomatically.
(C) Correct.
(D) "annual" + "a year" --> redundant. Sentence is verbose and awkwardly structured.
(E) Meaning changed.

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09 May 2013, 07:14
does anyone have a list of common redundant phrases?
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09 May 2013, 07:45
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does anyone have a list of common redundant phrases?

You may look into common-redundancies-152537.html

I am not posting the list here so as to stick to the topic.

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30 Oct 2014, 06:33
jyotsnasarabu wrote:
It has been estimated that the annual cost to the United States of illiteracy in lost industrial output and tax revenues is at least \$20 billion a year.

(A) the annual cost to the United States of illiteracy in lost industrial output and tax revenues is at least \$20 billion a year
(B) the annual cost of illiteracy to the United States is at least \$20 billion a year because of lost industrial output and tax revenues
(C) illiteracy costs the United States at least \$20 billion a year in lost industrial output and tax revenues
(D) \$20 billion a year in lost industrial output and tax revenues is the annual cost to the United States of illiteracy
(E) lost industrial output and tax revenues cost the United States at least \$20 billion a year because of illiteracy

Can someone explain how D is not the right option.

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30 Oct 2014, 07:18
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Can someone explain how D is not the right option.

D says: \$20 billion a year in lost industrial output and tax revenues is the annual cost to the United States of illiteracy------------>simplest way is : "a year" and "annual" are redundant .ALSO "United States of illiteracy" is wrong .

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31 Oct 2014, 03:53
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Can someone explain how D is not the right option.

Original sentence says: at least \$20 billion a year

D says: \$20 billion a year

In GMAT land, that is a reasonably big change in meaning, to warrant rejection of D (among other errors, which have already been pointed out)
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It has been estimated that the annual cost to the United States of illiteracy in lost industrial output and tax revenues is at least \$20 billion a year.

First, we understand the intended meaning: Something has been estimated about illiteracy. It costs the US at least certain amount of money in two fields/factors.

Identify errors
From the original sentence, we see that the underlined portion is a dependent clause.
1. Redundancy: Annual cost & \$20 billion a year is unnecessary.

(A) the annual cost to the United States of illiteracy in lost industrial output and tax revenues is at least \$20 billion a year. Incorrect
(B) the annual cost of illiteracy to the United States is at least \$20 billion a year because of lost industrial output and tax revenues. Incorrect
(C) illiteracy costs the United States at least \$20 billion a year in lost industrial output and tax revenues. Correct
(D) \$20 billion a year in lost industrial output and tax revenues is the annual cost to the United States of illiteracy. Incorrect
(E) lost industrial output and tax revenues cost the United States at least \$20 billion a year because of illiteracy.
This option changes the intended meaning. It is establishing a causal-relation.Als, it is now quantifying the cost of lost industrial output and tax revenue, not of illiteracy anymore.

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20 Jul 2017, 18:22
Once we understand the author's intent, it is very clear that option C is the best answer. Illiteracy is costing the US some amount.
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