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# For the first time in the modern era, non-Hispanic Whites

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For the first time in the modern era, non-Hispanic Whites are officially a minority in California, which amounts to a little less than half the population of the state, down from nearly there-quarters only a decade ago.

A. which amounts to a little less than half the population of the state, down from nearly three-quarters only a decade ago
B. which amounts to a little less than half the population of the state, down from a decade ago, when it was nearly three-quarters
C. and that amounts to a little less than half the population of the state, down from a decade ago, when they were nearly three-quarters
D. amounting to a little less than half the population of the state, down from nearly three-quarters a decade ago
E. amounting to a little less than half the population of the state, down from what it was a decade ago by nearly three-quarters
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05 Aug 2005, 09:56
D is fine..

A. which amounts to a little less than half the population of the state, down from nearly three-quarters only a decade ago
- which and only are not used properly.
B. which amounts to a little less than half the population of the state, down from a decade ago, when it was nearly three-quarters
- weird aagin
C. and that amounts to a little less than half the population of the state, down from a decade ago, when they were nearly three-quarters
- c's got all mised up with they, population...
D. amounting to a little less than half the population of the state, down from nearly three-quarters a decade ago
- good keep it.
E. amounting to a little less than half the population of the state, down from what it was a decade ago by nearly three-quarters
- misplaced phrase "by nearly three-quarters " and wordy...
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07 Aug 2005, 06:28
I think A is good as well. "Which" in A is modifying minority so this sentence also makes sense.
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D is fine..

A. which amounts to a little less than half the population of the state, down from nearly three-quarters only a decade ago
- which and only are not used properly.
B. which amounts to a little less than half the population of the state, down from a decade ago, when it was nearly three-quarters
- weird aagin
C. and that amounts to a little less than half the population of the state, down from a decade ago, when they were nearly three-quarters
- c's got all mised up with they, population...
D. amounting to a little less than half the population of the state, down from nearly three-quarters a decade ago
- good keep it.
E. amounting to a little less than half the population of the state, down from what it was a decade ago by nearly three-quarters
- misplaced phrase "by nearly three-quarters " and wordy...
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07 Aug 2005, 09:15
No A is incorrect. You are partially right. Which can sometimes refer to state or vague idea expresses in noun or noun phrase, but not in this case. which has no clear referrent here...

Amounting clearly refers to hispanic white population...

Also ONLY (adverb) is also misplaced in A...

only D and E survives
E is another problem where it can not refer to anything and what it was is a bad choice of words.

Only D solves all the prolems.
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07 Aug 2005, 11:14
okdongdong wrote:
I think A is good as well. "Which" in A is modifying minority so this sentence also makes sense.

D is correct. In A, which clearly modifies california, which is wrong............
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07 Aug 2005, 12:35
Another vote for D.

In A, "which" seems to have no clear referrent. Which can refer either to california or to the non-hispanic whites.

B is unncessarily wordy and awkward.
C is a run-on sentence. Also they has no clear referrent.
E is unnessarily wordy when compared to D.
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07 Aug 2005, 19:30
I come to understand that "which" is not appropriately used here. Yet, what is wrong with "ONLY". "Only" is just modifying the time, a decade ago.
riteshgupta1 wrote:
No A is incorrect. You are partially right. Which can sometimes refer to state or vague idea expresses in noun or noun phrase, but not in this case. which has no clear referrent here...

Amounting clearly refers to hispanic white population...

Also ONLY (adverb) is also misplaced in A...

only D and E survives
E is another problem where it can not refer to anything and what it was is a bad choice of words.

Only D solves all the prolems.
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08 Aug 2005, 08:47
I am inclined towards A.

If I read "D", it appears that the sentence is not completed.

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09 Aug 2005, 13:19
D is my answer , since amounting modifies non-Hispanic whites in the pervious clause.
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09 Aug 2005, 19:08
D here as well - A is wrong because of the incorrect use of WHICH - it modifies non hispanic whites the way its written. E is too wordy and there is not need to a pronoun 'it' at the end of the sentence.
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09 Aug 2005, 19:56
And the OA is??
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10 Aug 2005, 02:52
The oa is D.
10 Aug 2005, 02:52
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