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80% of laptops that were sold in European Union last year

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80% of laptops that were sold in European Union last year [#permalink]

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03 Jul 2009, 02:23
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87.80% of laptops that were sold in European Union last year were manufactured in China, a country that has the largest population in the world.
A. 80% of laptops that were sold in European Union last year were
B. 80% of laptops that were sold in European Union last year had been
C. 80% of laptops that were sold in European Union last year have been
D. Last year 80% of laptops were sold in European Union that have been
E. Last year 80% of laptops that were sold in European Union had been

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b
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Can soembody please explain how last year in E changes teh meaning of the statement?

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03 Jul 2009, 03:02
answr is (B)>> since the term last year refers to past>>and option b has ' had been '

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03 Jul 2009, 04:20
Out of the two probable ans (B) and (E),if you are in doubt then go with the stmnt which
is same in style as the original one.
Thus I would prefer (B)

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03 Jul 2009, 07:24
IMO B.
E sounds like Last year 80% of "all laptops manufactured" were sold to Europe Union.

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03 Jul 2009, 11:27
last year modifies the 'sold' to imply 'sold last year'
in B, it is correct
80% of laptops that were sold (in European Union) last year were

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Re: selling & manufacturing   [#permalink] 03 Jul 2009, 11:27
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