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Over 75 percent of the energy produced in France derives [#permalink]
25 Jun 2006, 01:20
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66% (01:44) correct
33% (00:57) wrong based on 66 sessions
Over 75 percent of the energy produced in France derives from nuclear power, while in Germany it is just over 33 percent.
1 while in Germany it is just over 33 percent
2 compared to Germany, which uses just over 33 percent
3 whereas nuclear power accounts for just over 33 percent of the energy produced in Germany
4 whereas just over 33 percent of the energy comes from nuclear power in Germany
5 compared with the energy from nuclear power in Germany, where it is just over 33 percent
Quote:D) whereas just over 33% of the energy comes from nuclear power in Germany
this sentence is written in a way whose meaning is at best ambiguous and at worst incorrect.
one possible meaning, if not the meaning, is that 33% of "the energy" (we don't know where this energy is, or where it's used) comes from "nuclear power in germany". i.e., the power itself is in germany (whatever that means), but "the energy" is we-don't-know-where.
Quote:E) compared with the energy from nuclear power in Germany, where it is just over 33%
first, false comparison: the earlier part doesn't mention "the energy from nuclear power in france", so this isn't parallel. (the earlier part mentions a percentage of ALL power in france.)
second, and more obviously, the pronoun "it" doesn't have a legitimate antecedent, for essentially the same reason as in (a).
Re: Over 75 percent of the energy produced in France derives [#permalink]
10 Aug 2013, 16:04
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This is a tricky one. You need to pay extra attention to MEANING.
We are talking about what PERCENT of energy comes from source X for France, and then the same thing for Germany.
So the beginning of the sentence correctly says "over 75% of energy in France comes from nuclear".
Now look at (D): "33% of the energy comes from [nuclear power in Germany]"
Is this really what we're trying to say?
What we really want to say is "33% of the energy in Germany comes from nuclear power"
Note, this is different from what (D) says. It's close, but the shuffling of the words changes the meaning. They purposely do that to trick you. So structurally it looks like it runs parallel, but MEANING-wise it's not correct. (C) doesn't look parallel, but it matches exactly what we are trying to say.