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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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 [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2005, 17:32
D.

we need modifying clause A/B/C out.
D is more concise than E.
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2005, 19:12
a and b are out, as 'which' points to california
c and E are awkward
d is best.
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2005, 21:52
we need a modifier here.

only D and E have it.

the use of what it was .... is awkward in E.

so D is the only choice.
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2005, 22:56
For the first time in the modern era, non-Hispanic Whites are officially a minority in California, amounting to a little less than half the population of the state, down from nearly three-quarters a decade ago.

We can omit the clause in red and the sentence is still grammatically correct. Straight D.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2005, 11:23
D is best.

A is wrong since which would modify California. Also only a decade ago is not needed because that impact is nor required here
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2005, 11:33
D is the best answer.


A and B are wrong because which refers to California. C is wrong because "that" doesn't have a clerar reference. Between D and E, E introduces a clause without using a conjunction. Only D is correct.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Nov 2005, 07:22
OA is (D).
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Nov 2005, 10:13
Strongly support D,

In E, what it was ...: it is ambiguous.
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