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# Migraine, the most debilitating common form of headache,

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9. Migraine, the most debilitating common form of headache, afflicts perhaps 18 million Americans, who collectively lose 64 million workdays a year, and they cost the nation \$50 billion in medical expenses and lost work time.
(A) year, and they cost the nation \$50 billion in medical expenses and lost
(B) year and thus cost the nation \$50 billion in medical expenses and lost
(C) year, so as to cost the nation \$50 billion in medical expenses and lost
(D) year that costs the nation \$50 billion in lost medical expenses and
(E) year, which thus cost the nation \$50 billion in lost medical expenses and

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09 Oct 2006, 06:38
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binho12 wrote:
9. Migraine, the most debilitating common form of headache, afflicts perhaps 18 million Americans, who collectively lose 64 million workdays a year, and they cost the nation \$50 billion in medical expenses and lost work time.
(A) year, and they cost the nation \$50 billion in medical expenses and lost
(B) year and thus cost the nation \$50 billion in medical expenses and lost
(C) year, so as to cost the nation \$50 billion in medical expenses and lost
(D) year that costs the nation \$50 billion in lost medical expenses and
(E) year, which thus cost the nation \$50 billion in lost medical expenses and

A, D and E is out because americans cannot cost the nation...

so as to is incorret in C....

Choose B.

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09 Oct 2006, 09:42
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Yup..Down to B and C. "so ..as" seems incorrect.Hence (B)

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09 Oct 2006, 09:51
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binho12 wrote:
9. Migraine, the most debilitating common form of headache, afflicts perhaps 18 million Americans, who collectively lose 64 million workdays a year, and they cost the nation \$50 billion in medical expenses and lost work time.
(A) year, and they cost the nation \$50 billion in medical expenses and lost
(B) year and thus cost the nation \$50 billion in medical expenses and lost
(C) year, so as to cost the nation \$50 billion in medical expenses and lost
(D) year that costs the nation \$50 billion in lost medical expenses and
(E) year, which thus cost the nation \$50 billion in lost medical expenses and

"lost ...expenses" is redundant! ...."expense" itself means sth lost ...we don't need to add "lost " here --> D and E out.

"who" suffices to be the common subject of "lose" and "cost" --> we don't need "they" --> A out.
"so as to" expresses a purpose ---> it distorts the original meaning ---> C out.

B stands.

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09 Oct 2006, 23:41
I agree with the OA, but shouldn't the beginning of the sentence read:

Migraines, the most debilitating common form of headaches, afflict... and thus cost...

Either I am way out in left field or this sentence is dreadfully composed

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10 Oct 2006, 04:32
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binho12 wrote:
9. Migraine, the most debilitating common form of headache, afflicts perhaps 18 million Americans, who collectively lose 64 million workdays a year, and they cost the nation \$50 billion in medical expenses and lost work time.
(A) year, and they cost the nation \$50 billion in medical expenses and lost
(B) year and thus cost the nation \$50 billion in medical expenses and lost
(C) year, so as to cost the nation \$50 billion in medical expenses and lost
(D) year that costs the nation \$50 billion in lost medical expenses and
(E) year, which thus cost the nation \$50 billion in lost medical expenses and

I too chose B

In D "that" refers to the closest noun ie., the "year" right? or am i missing something?

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10 Oct 2006, 04:58
GMATT73 wrote:
I agree with the OA, but shouldn't the beginning of the sentence read:

Migraines, the most debilitating common form of headaches, afflict... and thus cost...

Either I am way out in left field or this sentence is dreadfully composed

The costing part refers to the work days lost by the Americans afflicted with migraine and not to the migraine itself. The original sentence defines this point, I guess - "they cost "

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10 Oct 2006, 07:07
anandsebastin wrote:
GMATT73 wrote:
I agree with the OA, but shouldn't the beginning of the sentence read:

Migraines, the most debilitating common form of headaches, afflict... and thus cost...

Either I am way out in left field or this sentence is dreadfully composed

The costing part refers to the work days lost by the Americans afflicted with migraine and not to the migraine itself. The original sentence defines this point, I guess - "they cost "

Good point, but I still think the sentence is awkwardly constructed using the singular "migrane." This one is debatable...but who cares right? It's not our job to revise the non-underlined portion of the sentence.

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10 Oct 2006, 07:07
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