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# With only 5 percent of the worlds population, United States

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Despite having vs although accounting for.. [#permalink]  15 Nov 2009, 00:58
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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

why is D wrong?? I went for D..

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Re: Despite having vs although accounting for.. [#permalink]  15 Nov 2009, 01:38
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I think the answer is E.

The subject is "United States citizens". If we flip the sentence around it might help.

United States citizens "with" only 5 percent of the world’s population -> wrong
United States citizens "as" only 5 percent of the world’s population -> seems a bit wrong
United States citizens "being" only 5 percent of the world’s population -> strange sentence construction
United States citizens "despite having" only 5 percent of the world’s population -> this would be correct if it was united states instead of citizens
United States citizens "although accounting for" only 5 percent of the world’s population -> citizens can account for 5% so this seems right to me.

What is the OA?
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Re: Despite having vs although accounting for.. [#permalink]  15 Nov 2009, 09:05
Hey you are correct...OA is E...Thanks for the great explaination!!!
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Re: Despite having vs although accounting for.. [#permalink]  15 Nov 2009, 10:02
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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

'Despite having' gives the wrong meaning. Look closely.

E all the way
Re: Despite having vs although accounting for..   [#permalink] 15 Nov 2009, 10:02
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