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Before the 1700s, people dwelling in urban areas made up only 10 percent of the entire human population; by the 2010s, they increased by 50 percent.

A. by the 2010s, they increased by 50 percent.

B. increasing in proportion by 50 percent in the 2010s.

C. by the 2010s, they had increased by 50 percent.

D. by the 2010s, this proportion had increased by 50 percent.

E. which had increased in proportion by 50 percent by the 2010s.

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Before the 1700s, people dwelling in urban areas made up only 10 percent of the entire human population; by the 2010s, they increased by 50 percent.

A. by the 2010s, they increased by 50 percent. ---‘They’ is misleading because the pronoun refers to the people. But not to the percentage.

B. increasing in proportion by 50 percent in the 2010s. ---means that the people increased in There is no IC after the semicolon.

C. by the 2010s, they had increased by 50 percent. – The wrong pronoun ‘they”

D. by the 2010s, this proportion had increased by 50 percent. --- The only choice referring to the proportion. The correct choice

E. which had increased in proportion by 50 percent by the 2010s.—‘which’ wrongly refers to the population
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Re: Before the 1700s, people dwelling in urban areas made up only 10   [#permalink] 04 May 2020, 22:17

Before the 1700s, people dwelling in urban areas made up only 10

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