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

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297. 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 percent, 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 Canada is thirty-five, and that in Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany is fifteen.

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07 Jan 2008, 01:43
I would go with " E ". IIism & " compared to " is the right idiom.

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07 Jan 2008, 01:47
A.Haung wrote:
297. 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 percent, 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 Canada is thirty-five, and that in Great Britain, Japan, and West Germany is fifteen.

I pick C.
In A, 'United States high school graduates' is awkward. Further, the use of 'Great Britain, Japan' creates incorrect comparison.
In B, 'it' cannot refer to 52%.
In D, 'percentage of high school graduates in the United States' is compared with 'Canada’s thirty-five percent' creating incorrect comparison.
in E, 'United States high school graduates' is awkward. 'going on to college' is incorrect.

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07 Jan 2008, 02:34
C it is

A: Canada's 32% making it a possessive noun and it seems that percentage is a property of country not the property of students in country
B: second clause is not independent clause but a subordinate clause and thus cannot be seperate by semi colon
C is CORRECT
D: Redundant, unidiomatic, same possessive noun problem as A
E: Going on is incorrect tense..

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