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With only 5 percent of the world s population, United States

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With only 5 percent of the world s population, United States [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2011, 08:54
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942. With only 5 percent of the world’s population, United States citizens consume 28 percent of its nonrenewable resources, drive more than one-third of its automobiles, and use 21 times more water per capita than Europeans do.
(A) With
(B) As
(C) Being
(D) Despite having
(E) Although accounting for

Whats wrong with A. there is sufficient contrast in the option A.
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Re: 942 sc [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2011, 09:38
(D) Despite having
(E) Although accounting for

I think only options D and E correctly express the contrast expected in the sentence. However I don't understand why we chose 'Although' over 'Despite'.
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Re: 942 sc [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2011, 22:04
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The trick here is to look at what we are modifying--United States citizens. U.S. citizens don't *have* 5% of the world population, and they aren't *with* 5% of the population. Their numbers add up to 5% of the world population, so we can say that they "represent" that 5%. None of the other answers get this meaning right.

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Re: 942 sc [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2011, 06:05
In that case, If we have "united states " instead of "united states citizens" then option A will be ok. Is that right?.
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Re: 942 sc [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2011, 21:37
The answer is E simply because we are talking about citizens and not the country.

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