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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 13 Dec 2005, 22:10
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With only 5 percent of the world's population, United States citizens conume 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


What would be the answer? Please explain.

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Re: SC: US Consumption [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2005, 22:21
(E) Although accounting for

although is best here to show contrast.
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Re: SC: US Consumption [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2005, 22:44
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With only 5 percent of the world's population, United States citizens conume 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


What would be the answer? Please explain.

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Answer is E

Although accounting for is the correct modifier to modify United States citizens....
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2005, 23:25
Yes, E is the correct answer, but why choose it over D?
doesn't Despite also show a contrast?

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 [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2005, 23:29
forlorn wrote:
Yes, E is the correct answer, but why choose it over D?
doesn't Despite also show a contrast?

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The correct answer not only needs to make the correct comparisons, but it also needs to modify the subjects correctly.

The first sentence needs to modify US Citizens. D's usage distorts the original meaning of the sentence.

"Despite having only 5% of the world's population, United States citizens...." suggests that its the citizens that are having the world's population...which doesn't make sense.
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Dec 2005, 09:36
E is the best because it shows the contrast con is grammaticaly correct.
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