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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 19 Jul 2006, 16:19
D. amounting to a little less than half the population of the state, down from nearly three-quarters a decade ago

Use of "which " generally introduces a modifier which is non-essential in nature. However here the modifier is essential to quantify the population change. Therefore the answer should not have which.

A & B are out.

C is out due to the use of "and that".

E is not correct as "down nearly three-quarters" implies a decrease of 75% not that the population was 75% a decade ago.

Therefore D.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2006, 17:10
D is the best one here.

E has misplaced modifying phrase err. and seems wordy.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2006, 19:47
Someone please explain what D means....can't really get it. :(
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2006, 20:34
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Someone please explain what D means....can't really get it. :(

Agree with D.
The basic meaning of D is :
non-Hispanic Whites amounted for less than half of the total population and that their number now is less than nearly three-quarters a decade ago.

In E, 'ago by nearly three-quarters' tends to imply a decrease of 75%.
Instead the original meaning is that their population was 75% a decade ago.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2006, 20:49
It's D.

If we place "which" after comma then it will more likely modify "California". Whereas the second clause should modify the "non-Hispanic Whites".

So A,B and C are out.
Between D and E, D is the best.
In E, "by nearly three-quarters" is changing the meaning.

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 [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2006, 21:07
Clear D.

A/B - have a modifer problem
C - that is ambigous.
E - awkward
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Re: SC Non White [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2006, 21:50
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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


D.. A,B and C have modifier problem.. E isn't grammatical..
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2006, 00:50
OA is D
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2006, 00:54
Late, but (D) uses the correct participle and ellipses.

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