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02 Jun 2004, 19:37
Although about 99 percent of the more than 30 million Turks are Muslims, the republic founded by Ataturk in 1923 is resolutely secular.

a. Although about 99 percent of the more than 50 million

b. Although about 99 percent of over 50 million of the

c. Although about 99 percent of more than 50 million

d. Despite the fact that about 99 percent of more than 50 million

e. Despite the fact that about 99 percent of over 50 million
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02 Jun 2004, 20:15
E ??
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02 Jun 2004, 20:29
I also got stumped by choice E but they say "honey give it another try"
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02 Jun 2004, 21:01
okay.

my choice is A.

because more than 50 million does the work of an adjective.

hence "the" should come in the sentence as it is referring to a particular population group.

"the turks"

for example-

"the brave turks" where brave is substituted in place of more than 50 million.

Hope this time i am correct

E would be correc correct if of the over 50 million.
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02 Jun 2004, 23:41
A is the answer.
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03 Jun 2004, 06:50
if (C) is right then I will explain.

I think this question is not about the choice between although and despite
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03 Jun 2004, 08:50
I think the answer is C
I belive that 'the' is superflous in choice A
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03 Jun 2004, 08:53
No, it's not about "although" vs. "despite." It's about the definite article with the number of Turks. If the number is known, which I believe is the case, then the definite article should be used.

I had a similar question on a test some time ago. I chose an answer with "the" and was right.
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03 Jun 2004, 16:37
So be it. OA is A.
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03 Jun 2004, 18:14
I can understand the subtle difference between (A) and (C)

ob explained it well
03 Jun 2004, 18:14
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