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

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31 Oct 2003, 06:11
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Fifty-two percent of United States high school graduates go on to college, compared with Canada's thirty-five percent and Great Britain,Japan, and West Germany's fifteen percent

a. Fifty-two percent of United States high school graduates go on to college, compared with Canada's thirty-five percent and Great Britain,Japan, and West Germany'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 Canada's thirty-five, Great Britain's fifteen, Japan's fifteen and West Germany's fifteen.

e. The percentage of United States high-school graduates going on to college is fifty-two that in Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany is fifteen.

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31 Oct 2003, 06:54
C) takes care of preposition 'in' and possessive case ???

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31 Oct 2003, 07:22
Correct

What's wrong with other choices?

(I want to make sure that my reasonings are in line with yours)

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31 Oct 2003, 07:44
Here is my take on the possible error in other 4 choices, please correct me if i am wrong

1) needed apostrophe after United States (like United States'), GB and Japan
2) same mistake plus no parallelism
4) no parallelism.
5) incorrect sentence structure needs a conjunction.

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GMAT never tests comma usage or apostraphes [#permalink]

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03 Dec 2003, 11:30
Be careful.

The GMAT will test "It's" vs. "Its", b/c GMAC is interested in your understanding of a contraction, not the apostraphe.

You should never omit an answer simple b/c you think the answer should contain an apostrophe. I.e. "cats'" vs. "cat's"; if the answer choice has "cat's ball of string" then "cat's is correct".

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30 Jul 2004, 16:48
Two questions here !

1. In choice D, what does the "who" refers to? is it refers "the percentage" or

2. "The percentage" is it singular or plural?

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30 Jul 2004, 21:00
Easy shot... But nice to have one of these once in a while. Atleast I get some motivation, after all how many mistakes i can make in a day

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30 Jul 2004, 23:18
Two questions here !

1. In choice D, what does the "who" refers to? is it refers "the percentage" or

refers to students. but that is wrong.

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2. "The percentage" is it singular or plural?

it is considered plural.

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30 Jul 2004, 23:18
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