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# Although about 99 percent of the more than 50 million Turks

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10. Although about 99 percent of the more than 50 million Turks are Muslims, the republic founded by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in 1923 is resolutely secular.

a) Although about 99 percent of the more than 50 million
b) Although about 99 percent of over 50 million of the
c) Although about 99 percent of more than 50 million
d) Despite the fact that about 99 percent of more than 50 million
e) Despite the fact that about 99 percent of over 50 million

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03 May 2010, 14:44
I don't see anything wrong with A.

Although must be used, because it is a conjunction, so I eliminated D and E. B and E simply don't sound right. I think we need a "the" in there, but I don't have a rule to point at. Maybe someone else can explain it.
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04 May 2010, 02:35
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10. Although about 99 percent of the more than 50 million Turks are Muslims, the republic founded by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in 1923 is resolutely secular.

a) Although about 99 percent of the more than 50 million
b) Although about 99 percent of over 50 million of the
c) Although about 99 percent of more than 50 million
d) Despite the fact that about 99 percent of more than 50 million
e) Despite the fact that about 99 percent of over 50 million

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A is right :Although about 99 percent of the more than 50 million
A would have been wrong IF :Although about 99 percent of more than 50 million
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05 May 2010, 06:21
can someone provide a more detailed explanation of why (A) is correct?
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05 May 2010, 06:51
i found the following description wehn googled

IMO, C can definitely not be the answer.

Try replacing "more than 50 million Turks" by "people" -

Although about 99% of people are Muslims..., this seems awkward.

Try putting "the" now...

Although about 99% of the people are Muslims....., which sounds better.
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can someone provide a more detailed explanation of why (A) is correct?
Difficult to explain, but let me take a shot. This is pretty similar to the one of OG questions "In 1791 Robert Carter III, one of ...". Have a look into this link:
in-1791-robert-carter-iii-one-of-the-wealthiest-plantation-138325.html

Basic concept: the before a category is either referring to abstract class or complete/total members of that class.

From abstract perspective: "Use of coffee is bad" is wrong though "The use of coffee is bad" is correct.
From completeness perspective: "A Cat is good" mean that one particular cat is good though the "The Cat is good" mean that cat as a complete category in toto is good.

In B, construction of first sub-clause is like: About 99 % of over 50 million of the Turks are Muslims.
As per our completeness/totality perspective, placement of the before Turks will mean that author is referring to the complete/total worldwide population of Turks and not just the Turks in the republic.

Now let us take a closer look at A and C..
In A, construction of first sub-clause is like: About 99% of the X are Muslims.
In C, construction of first sub-clause is like: About 99% of X are Muslims.

The only difference between A and C is around the. The author want to consider the complete population here while giving his argument, so A makes more sense. If you don't place the, it will not consider that the noun here represent complete population.
If you still have problems in visualizing why C is wrong, have a look into C on this link. For first question(In 1791....), C is wrong and for second question, (As a result of the ground-breaking work), D is wrong. Both of them are wrong because of the very reason that absence of the makes the quantity of class non-complete or less than total.

over is considered good only with spatial references[The cup is over the table], so E and B are down.
The presence of 'Despite the fact that' made me frown on D and E. I would have preferred "Despite that" rather than "Despite the fact that" in a GMAT question. I am yet to see a GMAT question correct with this usage. I think it was the presence of word fact which made me worrisome with D and E as presence of fact is generally redundant in GMAT questions, unless word fact is explicitly needed to support the meaning of the sentence.
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