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# Fifty-two percent of United States high school graduates go

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09 Jan 2006, 07:48
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Fifty-two percent of United States high school graduates go on to college, compared with Canadaâ€™s thirty-five percent and Great Britain, Japan, and West Germanyâ€™s fifteen percent

(A) Fifty-two percent of United States high school graduates go on to college, compared with Canadaâ€™s thirty-five percent and Great Britain, Japan, and West Germanyâ€™s fifteen percent.
(B) Fifty-two percent of United States high school graduates go on to college; in Canada it is thirty-five percent and in Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany it is fifteen percent.
(C) In the United States, Fifty-two percent of high school graduates go on to college, compared with thirty-five percent in Canada and fifteen percent in Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany.
(D) The percentage of high school graduates in the United States who go on to college is fifty-two, compared with Canadaâ€™s thirty-five percent, Great Britainâ€™s fifteen, Japanâ€™s fifteen, and West Germanyâ€™s fifteen.
(E) The percentage of United States high school graduates going on to college is fifty-two that in Canada is thirty-five, and that in Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany is fifteen.

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09 Jan 2006, 08:18
I like C. It's not as wordy and doesn't use ambiguous pronouns.

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09 Jan 2006, 08:53
C for me as well. D and E are out, they are too messy.

I dont like the use of the semicolon in B, although I am not 100% clear on when it really is appropriate to use one.

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09 Jan 2006, 15:20
C for correct comparison, non-usage of extra words, and non-usage of ambiguous pronouns.
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09 Jan 2006, 20:04
Probably I'm wrong, but D looks more clear and precise for me.
What is OA?

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09 Jan 2006, 20:16
Natalya Khimich wrote:
Probably I'm wrong, but D looks more clear and precise for me.
What is OA?

In D the sentence is framed like "The perecentage of X is 52, Y's 52%,Z's 15%"

so somehow the comparison looks awkward as we are trying to compare a number with a percetage.

C seems to be the right one..
OA plz?

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09 Jan 2006, 21:19
OA is 'C'!
Good job all

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09 Jan 2006, 23:41
I'll eliminate all other choices and go with C as such it provides parallel comparison.
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14 Jan 2006, 08:38
52% of Americans may matriculate into University, but only 25% eventually graduate.

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14 Jan 2006, 08:38
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