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# Migraine, the most debilitating common form of headache,

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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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23 Jun 2010, 19:13
I chose B, even though I don't like it much.

A) sloppy pronoun agreement - "they" could refer to workdays.
B) It's the best, but I don't like "thus" - it makes me think we shouldn't be considering the medical expense cost
C) "so as to cost" is just bad
D and E) misplaced modifier: "lost medical expenses"
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23 Jun 2010, 20:58
Migraine ,,, afflicts perhaps 18 million Americans,,, who collectively lose 64 million workdays a year, and thus "cost" the nation $50 billion in medical expenses and lost work time. Answer B does not make sense, migraine is singular, cost is missing s at the end. So, by POE, i am choosing C _________________ Never give up,,, Current Student Joined: 29 Apr 2010 Posts: 226 Schools: Sloan R1, McCombs R1, Ross R1 (w/int), Haas R2, Kellogg R2 WE 1: Product Engineering/Manufacturing Followers: 3 Kudos [?]: 36 [0], given: 26 Re: Migraine - watch carefully! [#permalink] ### Show Tags 23 Jun 2010, 21:04 mirzohidjon wrote: Migraine ,,, afflicts perhaps 18 million Americans,,, who collectively lose 64 million workdays a year, and thus "cost" the nation$50 billion in medical expenses and lost work time.

Answer B does not make sense, migraine is singular, cost is missing s at the end.
So, by POE, i am choosing C

The problem with your reasoning is that "Americans" is the subject that "cost" agrees with. Notice the plural "lose"; "cost" needs to be parallel. At least that's how I read it. It can be very confusing.
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23 Jun 2010, 21:51
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Migraine ,,, afflicts perhaps 18 million Americans,,, who collectively lose 64 million workdays a year, and thus "cost" the nation $50 billion in medical expenses and lost work time. Answer B does not make sense, migraine is singular, cost is missing s at the end. So, by POE, i am choosing C Thank you, got it. Now, I see why answer needs to be B. I have to be careful when reading SC _________________ Never give up,,, Director Status: Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. It's a dare. Impossible is nothing. Affiliations: University of Chicago Booth School of Business Joined: 26 Nov 2009 Posts: 961 Location: Singapore Followers: 24 Kudos [?]: 808 [0], given: 36 Re: Migraine - watch carefully! [#permalink] ### Show Tags 23 Jun 2010, 22:59 Clearly GMAT trap. (D) year that costs the nation$50 billion in lost medical expenses and ---> that modifies the year which is not the purpose. It should modify " lost workdays "
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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 - they can refer to 'Americans' or 'workdays'

(B) year and thus cost the nation $50 billion in medical expenses and lost - thus is correct here. Americans lose workdays and thus (therefore) cost the nation$50 billion (CORRECT)

(C) year, so as to cost the nation $50 billion in medical expenses and lost - 'so as to' is almost always incorrect in GMAT (D) year that costs the nation$50 billion in lost medical expenses and - 'that' refers to year which is incorrect. The loss of $64 billion dollars is because of the loss of workdays and not because of 'year' (E) year, which thus cost the nation$50 billion in lost medical expenses and - 'which incorrectly refers to 'year'
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OA is B
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08 Jul 2010, 17:57
I might be wrong, but I believe Cost is one of those tricky ones where Cost is singular and costs are plural.
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01 Jan 2011, 03:58
(B)

(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 <missing lost>
(E) year, which thus cost the nation $50 billion in lost medical expenses and <missing lost> _________________ Raptor Senior Manager Joined: 13 Aug 2012 Posts: 464 Concentration: Marketing, Finance GPA: 3.23 Followers: 26 Kudos [?]: 468 [0], given: 11 Re: Migraine, the most debilitating common form of headache, [#permalink] ### Show Tags 04 Feb 2013, 07:01 (A) year, and they cost the nation$50 billion in medical expenses and lost
", and they" makes the construction awkwrd. If they refers to the Americans then there is no need for the comma... Also, "they" should not be used... Look at the structure: "...afflicts blah blah Americans, who lose blah blah in a year and [they] cost.." NOT PARALLEL..

(B) year and thus cost the nation $50 billion in medical expenses and lost CORRECT. "who collectivelu lose blah blah and thus cost the nation blah blah" simply modifies Americans (C) year, so as to cost the nation$50 billion in medical expenses and lost
"Migraine afflicts a number of Americans, who are blah blah in a year, so as to cost the nation..." changes the meaning by making the cost look intentional...

(D) year that costs the nation $50 billion in lost medical expenses and misplaced modifier by touch-rule (E) year, which thus cost the nation$50 billion in lost medical expenses and
"who collectively lose 64 million workdays a year, which costs..." is OUT because of misplaced modifier.

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