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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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19 Apr 2008, 13:09
saravalli wrote:
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

between D and E, I choose E. E is wordy but seems more clear.
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19 Apr 2008, 16:41
A , B and C each have the modifier problem.

E is wordy

D succinctly conveys the meaning.
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19 Apr 2008, 18:08
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saravalli wrote:
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
, when it was nearly three-quarters
C. and that amounts to a little less than half the population of the state, down from a
, 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

between D and E, I choose E. E is wordy but seems more clear.

Cany anyone help me what wrong with "which" in A, and B?. I think "which amounts" here functions the same as "amounting".
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A and b are wrong because a comma before which indiacates it is referring to the antecedent which is california here whereas not referring to the non-hispanic whites so teh usage of which is wrong here.D on the other hand,is precise and to the point.
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15 Nov 2009, 06:05
Thank you for the great explanation suyashjhawar. Was confused between 'A' and 'D.'

Also, can the word 'only' be considered redundant here since we are saying 'down from nearly three-quarters a decade ago?' Had option 'A' also started with 'amounting,' could we have disapproved 'A' based on the additional word 'only?'
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Guys,

There is nothing called wordy in SC. These are all misleading statements.

We all know why we dont choose A B or C. Between D and E. We choose D because E changes the meaning of the sentence. If you look closely, E says it has come down by three quarters where as it should be down from nearly three quarters since it has been compared to one half.

Does that make sense?

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16 Aug 2010, 04:27
D is the best among the given.
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akashgupta wrote:
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There is nothing called wordy in SC. These are all misleading statements.

We all know why we dont choose A B or C. Between D and E. We choose D because E changes the meaning of the sentence. If you look closely, E says it has come down by three quarters where as it should be down from nearly three quarters since it has been compared to one half.

Does that make sense?

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Hi ,

You are right. Moreover, 'amounting to ', 'down from', 'by nearly three...' does not seem to be in synch. I mean no proper meaning is conveyed. A, B and C are incorrect for obvious reasons mentioned above. Clearly D. What is the OA for this?

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16 Aug 2010, 07:43
D for me. reasons already explained.
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14 Jul 2013, 12:12
what is the difference between this amounts and amounting to ?
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14 Jul 2013, 12:38
[quote="WaterFlowsUp"]what is the difference between [b]this amounts and amounting to[/b] ?[/quote]

AMMOUNTS TO:==>Here amounts is acting as a verb....and ammounts to means SUMS TO

AMMOUNTING]:==>THIS IS A PARTICIPLE. and ammounting to means summing to..

both have almost the same meaning only difference is one is acting as a verb and other as a participle.

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in A and B - which refers back to california which is wrong.
in C that makes the sentence unclear and wordy
in E the addition of It has no clear referent (population or state)
thus D IMO is the right choice
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14 Jul 2013, 20:49
mbhussain , good point that i dint notice.
Which has an ambigous antecedant
and in it also has the same ambuguity
whereas D makes sense
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Shailesh,

one is verb and the other is adjectice , got it , thanks. But how does it make it wrong? please explain
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saravalli wrote:
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

between D and E, I choose E. E is wordy but seems more clear.

E changes the meaning of the statement, the non-hispanic white population is down FROM 3/4 to less than 1/2 today. E would change it to the white population being down BY 3/4
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08 Oct 2013, 07:41
D...is correct

E..'.it is a preposition'....has many antecedents

one preposition = one antecedent
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D Vs E:
No clear antecedent for "it" in E so D is a winner.
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14 Mar 2015, 15:33
Can anyone explain why THAT in option C makes the choice incorrect?
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