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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 three-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 31 Oct 2006, 09:02
"amounting to" is needed. So either D or E.

D is concise and clear.
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2006, 20:13
Will opt for (D)

(A) & (B): alters the meaning of the sentence. These options appear to give the definition of "minority"
(C): Akward
(E): Alters the original meaning of the statistics
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2006, 20:38
(D) ... took a long time on this ... E is wrong because it is suggesting that white population went down by 75% ....
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2006, 21:10
D again

E is confusing - it uses down from ........by
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