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Fifty-two percent of United States high school graduates go on to college, compared with Canada’s thirty-five percent and Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany’s fifteen percent.

(A) Fifty-two percent of United States high school graduates go on to college, compared with Canada’s thirty-five percent and Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany’s fifteen percent.
(B) Fifty-two percent of United States high school graduates go on to college; in Canada it is thirty-five percent and in Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany it is fifteen percent.
(C) In the United States, Fifty-two percent of high school graduates go on to college, compared with thirty-five percent in Canada and fifteen percent in Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany.
(D) The percentage of high school graduates in the United States who go on to college is fifty-two, compared with Canada’s thirty-five percent, Great Britain’s fifteen, Japan’s fifteen, and West Germany’s fifteen.
(E) The percentage of United States high school graduates going on to college is fifty-two that in Canada is thirty-five, and that in Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany is fifteen

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30 Jul 2007, 13:37
I feel it is C. Sorry am not good in explaining this monster
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30 Jul 2007, 13:39
C.

(A) Parallelism issues: Fifty-two percent of United States high school graduates go on to college, compared with Canada’s thirty-five percent and Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany’s fifteen percent.

(B) It is 35 percent? What is 35 percent? It is not specified. Fifty-two percent of United States high school graduates go on to college; in Canada it is thirty-five percent and in Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany it is fifteen percent.

(D) Wordy and imprecise. The percentage of high school graduates in the United States who go on to college is fifty-two, compared with Canada’s thirty-five percent, Great Britain’s fifteen, Japan’s fifteen, and West Germany’s fifteen.

(E) Awkward construction. The percentage of United States high school graduates going on to college is fifty-two that in Canada is thirty-five, and that in Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany is fifteen
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30 Jul 2007, 13:41
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Fifty-two percent of United States high school graduates go on to college, compared with Canada’s thirty-five percent and Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany’s fifteen percent.

(A) Fifty-two percent of United States high school graduates go on to college, compared with Canada’s thirty-five percent and Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany’s fifteen percent.
(B) Fifty-two percent of United States high school graduates go on to college; in Canada it is thirty-five percent and in Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany it is fifteen percent.
(C) In the United States, Fifty-two percent of high school graduates go on to college, compared with thirty-five percent in Canada and fifteen percent in Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany.
(D) The percentage of high school graduates in the United States who go on to college is fifty-two, compared with Canada’s thirty-five percent, Great Britain’s fifteen, Japan’s fifteen, and West Germany’s fifteen.
(E) The percentage of United States high school graduates going on to college is fifty-two that in Canada is thirty-five, and that in Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany is fifteen

Please explain why an answer is wrong.

First choice, it tries to portray that 15% is total of GBR, JPN and GER. So wrong.

Second, "it" seems to lack a precedent. ( i hope i am correct here)

Third, precise, tense is fine. This is the best choice.

Fourth, the sentence is wordy, awkward.

Fifth, sentence structure lacks parallelism

I think i am correct, doing really bad on SC lately.... ....

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30 Jul 2007, 13:43
I feel that is this is an example of comparision again...so the correct choice will be E.
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30 Jul 2007, 13:44
a is wrong becaue you compare to not with

D and E just sound and read bad.

B & C are the top two, and of those, I think its C. Its a bit more clear.
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30 Jul 2007, 13:54
zakk wrote:
a is wrong becaue you compare to not with

D and E just sound and read bad.

B & C are the top two, and of those, I think its C. Its a bit more clear.

'Compare with' is just fine here. 'Compare to' is used for similarities, 'compare with' is used for differences.

If A is wrong for using 'compare with', then how can C be right?
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30 Jul 2007, 13:58
Kicker of a question.
I go with E.

My reasons. C is close but comparison is not clear.
In the United States, Fifty-two percent of high school graduates go on to college, compared with thirty-five percent in Canada and fifteen percent in Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany.
52% of high schoo graduates in US go-----, compared with 35% in canada------. I think this would have been a parallel construction.

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30 Jul 2007, 15:02
I came up with C, in about 45 seconds

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(A) Fifty-two percent of United States high school graduates go on to college, compared with Canada’s thirty-five percent and Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany’s fifteen percent.

Seperate the Great Britain, Japan, and West German's and you get:

Great Britain fifteen percent
Japan fifteen percent
West Germany's fifteen percet

Lack of parallelism, so its wrong

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(B) Fifty-two percent of United States high school graduates go on to college; in Canada it is thirty-five percent and in Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany it is fifteen percent.

In Canada it is thirty-five percent and in Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany it is fifteen percent.

The fragment after the semi colon is not an independent clause; it refers to something in the first clause. What is 'it'? You don't know!

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(C) In the United States, Fifty-two percent of high school graduates go on to college, compared with thirty-five percent in Canada and fifteen percent in Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany.

THis one sounds OK, no errors; check the rest.

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(D) The percentage of high school graduates in the United States who go on to college is fifty-two, compared with Canada’s thirty-five percent, Great Britain’s fifteen, Japan’s fifteen, and West Germany’s fifteen.

Longer than C, and the fifteen's are redundant and sound akward.

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(E) The percentage of United States high school graduates going on to college is fifty-two that in Canada is thirty-five, and that in Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany is fifteen

C says the same thing, and is more in an 'active' voice. E is more in a passive voice. Remember GMAT would prefer:

'She saw the girl' rather than 'The girl was seen by her'

So my final answer is C
30 Jul 2007, 15:02
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