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In 2003, despite the popularity of diets that focused on an increase in the consumption of animal proteins, the number of United States citizens considering themselves "vegan" has jumped by almost 100 percent, at 5 million.

(A) considering themselves "vegan" has jumped by almost 100 percent, at

(B) considering themselves "vegan" jumped by almost 100 percent, to

(C) who considered themselves "vegan" has jumped by almost 100 percent, to

(D) who considered themselves "vegan" jumped almost by 100 percent, at

(E) to consider themselves "vegan" jumped almost by 100 percent, at
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First, the number should jump to X, not jump at X. --> A, D, E are wrong.
Secondly, because "in 2003" indicates past tense, present perfect tense in A, C, is wrong.
Thus, only B remains and is correct.

In 2003, despite the popularity of diets that focused on an increase in the consumption of animal proteins, the number of United States citizens considering themselves "vegan" has jumped by almost 100 percent, at 5 million.

(A) considering themselves "vegan" has jumped by almost 100 percent, at
Wrong.

(B) considering themselves "vegan" jumped by almost 100 percent, to
Correct.

(C) who considered themselves "vegan" has jumped by almost 100 percent, to
Wrong.

(D) who considered themselves "vegan" jumped almost by 100 percent, at
Wrong.

(E) to consider themselves "vegan" jumped almost by 100 percent, at
Wrong.

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26 Nov 2013, 04:18
I removed A D and e because of the "jump at" error. The correct usage is "jump to"

C has a "corrected" and has. No consistency in tense.

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02 Jan 2014, 13:00
"Corrected"? I think you meant "considered", right? Even if this is the case, I don't think this should be a reason good enough to eliminate C. In this case, "considered" is past participle. The fact that the steem mentioned a date "In 2013..." and the action does not continue in the present is enough to get rid of the past perfect (had jumped). But, I'm very suspucious about the usage of the modifier as oppposed to the relative pronoum "who" in this phrase.

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I removed A D and e because of the "jump at" error. The correct usage is "jump to"

C has a "corrected" and has. No consistency in tense.

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Why is "considering" in A and B valid as the beginning of the modifier? I quickly eliminated these choices and chose C, because I believed that the "who" was necessary to modify "citizens". Even in C and D, I think that the modifier should be "who consider". Can anyone explain why the modifier forms in A, B, C, and D are correct?
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05 Jun 2014, 16:12
Experts help plzz
As the sentences are now "D" is wrong
However, option "B" is also not elegant IMO. Isnt it saying "the number" "considering themselves"?
Don't we need a "who" relative pronoun before consider to show it's actually the "US citizens" and not "the numbers" ?
Hence, isnt the construction "the number...who considered themselves......jumped......to
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05 Jun 2014, 19:22
Dear sgangs,

Why must "considering" jump over citizens to refer to "numbers"? In general, an "ing" modifier, if not preceded by a comma, will refer to the noun immediately preceding it. If "considering" referred to "the number", then you would need "itself" after it, as the "number" is singular.

The main error in this question is the tense of "jumped". The event occurred in 2003, so the present perfect tense is not appropriate. A and C go out right there. The second error is the use of "at" -- it should be "to". This eliminates the other options except D.

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