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# The federal government requires (hospitals to tell a

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The federal government requires (hospitals to tell a Medicare patient of their) legal right to challenge their discharge if they feel they are being sent home prematurely.

(A) hospitals to tell a Medicare patient of their
(B) hospital to tell Medicare patients that they have a
(C) hospitals to tell Medicare patients that there is a
(D) that hospitals tell a Medicare patient of their
(E) that hospitals tell a Medicare patient that they have a

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04 Apr 2005, 11:21
will go with 'B'

cross off A,D,E
bcos of patient and they/their mismatch

between B and C
you have a legal right
there is a law
So i go with B
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04 Apr 2005, 12:53
B for correct idiom (require x to y) and S-V agreement
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04 Apr 2005, 14:01
I guess B is the answer

Require somebody to do something
Require of somebody to do something
require that (clause)
require of somebody something
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04 Apr 2005, 19:13
The federal government requires (hospitals to tell a Medicare patient of their) legal right to challenge their discharge if they feel they are being sent home prematurely.

pronoun 'their' has no referent. The plural pronoun logically links to hospitals which is nonscensical.

(A) hospitals to tell a Medicare patient of their
- pronoun 'their' has no referent. The plural pronoun logically links to hospitals which is nonscensical.

(B) hospital to tell Medicare patients that they have a
- 'they' can refer to either hospitals or patients.

(C) hospitals to tell Medicare patients that there is a
- 'there is a legal right' does not have a unclear referent. There is a legal right available, ant it's up to the patient to pursue that avenue if they want to.

(D) that hospitals tell a Medicare patient of their
- pronoun 'their' has no referent. The plural pronoun logically links to hospitals which is nonscensical.

(E) that hospitals tell a Medicare patient that they have a
- plural pronoun 'they' has no clear referent

C it is.
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04 Apr 2005, 23:25
C) hospital should be plural, otherwise there would be an article before hospital

A) and B) is out because "it" is unclear
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05 Apr 2005, 06:28

if the answer is C, then

The federal government requires hospitals to tell medical patients that there is a legal right to challenge [i]their [/i] discharge if they feel they are being sent home premeaturely...

In the answer C, the relationship between "legal right" and "patients" is ambiguous by using "there be".

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05 Apr 2005, 06:28

if the answer is C, then

The federal government requires hospitals to tell medical patients that there is a legal right to challenge their discharge if they feel they are being sent home premeaturely...

In the answer C, the relationship between "legal right" and "patients" is ambiguous by using "there be".

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05 Apr 2005, 06:54
dipaksingh wrote:
The federal government requires (hospitals to tell a Medicare patient of their) legal right to challenge their discharge if they feel they are being sent home prematurely.

(A) hospitals to tell a Medicare patient of their
(B) hospital to tell Medicare patients that they have a
(C) hospitals to tell Medicare patients that there is a
(D) that hospitals tell a Medicare patient of their
(E) that hospitals tell a Medicare patient that they have a

Easy one. I think, unless tricky.

'they' implies 'patients'
A,D,E are out.

C, 'there is' is inappropriate.
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05 Apr 2005, 07:12
"B"...."they" clearly refers to "patients" only. "Ther is a legal right" sounds awkward in "C" and and also changes the meaning i.e. whose rights are we talking abt ?
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05 Apr 2005, 08:05
Obviously the choice is between B and C. The word "they" in the non underlined portion means that patient needs to be plural.

Between B and C, referent of "they" in B is clear because "hospital" is single. In C referent of "they" is unclear since we have two plurals "hospitals" and "patients". Also, very important, please try to refrain from choosing "there is" in GMAT questions. It is bad usage.
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05 Apr 2005, 09:12
but honghu, you cannot "require hospital", instead, you would "require a hospital"

Because only patients can "discharge" and can be sent home, there is no ambiguity as to the plural pronoun referrent so C should be right
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05 Apr 2005, 09:59
Paul wrote:
but honghu, you cannot "require hospital", instead, you would "require a hospital"

Because only patients can "discharge" and can be sent home, there is no ambiguity as to the plural pronoun referrent so C should be right

But Paul in "C", how do we know that "they" does not refer to hospitals ? Also in "C", it says "there is a legal right", isn't it unclear whose "legal rights" are we referring to ?
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05 Apr 2005, 17:59
Shouldn't they have "legal rights" instead of a legal right. How can more than one patient have a legal right or is it because they are acting as a group but then we also have they as plural in the later part.

Any explanations!!!
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05 Apr 2005, 19:06
banerjeea_98 wrote:
But Paul in "C", how do we know that "they" does not refer to hospitals ? Also in "C", it says "there is a legal right", isn't it unclear whose "legal rights" are we referring to ?

First, legal rights cannot belong to an inanimate object and we know that it properly refers to "patients". Second, "discharge" means: to release from service. Hence, only patients could be discharged, not hospitals and we clearly know that "their discharge" refers to that of patients
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05 Apr 2005, 19:14
The federal governement requires hospitals to tell Medicare patients --> that's all very clear to this point.

that there is a legal right --> is preferable among the 5 choices here because it simply points out the availablility of an avenue for patients to challenge their discharge.

In (A), 'their' makes it seems like the legal right belonged to the hospital, which is absurd.

In (B), 'they' again makes it seems like the hospital is the one that could exercise that right

In (D), 'their' again, commits the same problem as (A). Tell 'a medicare patient' is also wrong. You've got to inform all patients, not just one !

In (E), 'they' makes the same error as (B) far as clarity is concerned. Also, it uses 'a medicare patient' which pointed out above, is not correct.

to challenge their discharge --> is correct. The object pronoun 'their' can only point to the patients (receving an action)

if they feel they are being sent home prematurely --> The pronoun 'they' here is the point of contention. But coming in the last, it should stick to the plural noun 'patients'.
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05 Apr 2005, 19:20
anirban16 wrote:
Shouldn't they have "legal rights" instead of a legal right. How can more than one patient have a legal right or is it because they are acting as a group but then we also have they as plural in the later part.

Any explanations!!!

I agree that active voice "they have a legal right" sounds better than passive voice "there is a legal right" but given that all other choices have errors, C stands as best.

As to plural form being better than singular one, not at all: singular form points to a specific right that patients have recourse to
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05 Apr 2005, 19:24
Paul wrote:
anirban16 wrote:
Shouldn't they have "legal rights" instead of a legal right. How can more than one patient have a legal right or is it because they are acting as a group but then we also have they as plural in the later part.

Any explanations!!!

I agree that active voice "they have a legal right" sounds better than passive voice "there is a legal right" but given that all other choices have errors, C stands as best.

As to plural form being better than singular one, not at all: singular form points to a specific right that patients have recourse to

I agree on that. By saying "You have a legal right to challenge the verdict of the cout", I mean to tell you that there is one avenue open to you to which you can exercise in order to challegen the ruling imposed on you by the court.

However, "You have legal rights to challenge the verdict of the court" can actually mean that there is many legal avenues open to you to challenge the court. This is quite illogical, since you do not require many laws laid down for you to pursue just one action - that is to challenge the verdict.
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05 Apr 2005, 21:16
Paul wrote:
I agree that active voice "they have a legal right" sounds better than passive voice "there is a legal right" but given that all other choices have errors, C stands as best.

As to plural form being better than singular one, not at all: singular form points to a specific right that patients have recourse to

Very confused betwenn B and C. But, as i went through paul's explanation, C looks best among the all. However, it is also true that "there is a......." is not an idiomatic expression as said by Honghu.
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07 Apr 2005, 04:08
tough the OA is B, i still believe that it requires "a" in front of "hospital".
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