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# For the first time in the modern era, non-Hispanic Whites are official

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02 Aug 2017, 00:59
Hi,
I really confused about this question. For the correct answer C, I don't know why "down from nearly three-quarters only a decade ago" is correct. And for the entire sentence, I don't know if the population of non-Hispanic Whites reduce from nearly three-quarters to less than a half? And minority means small part, I don't think three-quarters of non-Hispanic Whites are small parts. Please help~
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26 Nov 2017, 00:26
For the first time in the modern era, non-Hispanic Whites are officially a minority in California, which amounts to a little less than half the population of the state, down from nearly there-quarters only a decade ago.

(A) which amounts to a little less than half the population of the state, down from nearly three-quarters only a decade ago - which incorrectly refers to California

(B) which amounts to a little less than half the population of the state, down from a decade ago, when it was nearly three-quarters - same as A

(C) and that amounts to a little less than half the population of the state, down from a decade ago, when they were nearly three-quarters - whenever that is used as a demonstrative pronoun, that must be immediately followed by a noun; so basically that should be used as an adjective

(D) amounting to a little less than half the population of the state, down from nearly three-quarters a decade ago - Correct

(E) amounting to a little less than half the population of the state, down from what it was a decade ago by nearly three-quarters - what does it refer to ; also this changes the meaning

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26 Mar 2018, 08:20
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For the first time in the modern era, non-Hispanic Whites are officially a minority in California, which amounts to a little less than half the population of the state, down from nearly there-quarters only a decade ago.

(A) which amounts to a little less than half the population of the state, down from nearly three-quarters only a decade ago

(B) which amounts to a little less than half the population of the state, down from a decade ago, when it was nearly three-quarters

(C) and that amounts to a little less than half the population of the state, down from a decade ago, when they were nearly three-quarters

(D) amounting to a little less than half the population of the state, down from nearly three-quarters a decade ago

(E) amounting to a little less than half the population of the state, down from what it was a decade ago by nearly three-quarters

(A) which amounts to a little less than half the population of the state, down from nearly three-quarters only a decade ago ---"which" is modifying "California" instead of "non-Hispanic Whites"

(B) which amounts to a little less than half the population of the state, down from a decade ago, when it was nearly three-quarters ---"which" is modifying "California" instead of "non-Hispanic Whites"

(C) and that amounts to a little less than half the population of the state, down from a decade ago, when they were nearly three-quarters --"that and which" can't modify living beings

(D) amounting to a little less than half the population of the state, down from nearly three-quarters a decade ago

(E) amounting to a little less than half the population of the state, down from what it was a decade ago by nearly three-quarters ---too wordy

(D)
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02 Jun 2018, 21:52
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Am I correct in saying in (E) what must refer to a verb and hence it is incorrect.

In (D), down from .. this phrase is a noun modifier correctly population of the state.
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03 Jun 2018, 01:22
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For the first time in the modern era, non-Hispanic Whites are officially a minority in California, which amounts to a little less than half the population of the state, down from nearly there-quarters only a decade ago.

(A) which amounts to a little less than half the population of the state, down from nearly three-quarters only a decade ago

(B) which amounts to a little less than half the population of the state, down from a decade ago, when it was nearly three-quarters

(C) and that amounts to a little less than half the population of the state, down from a decade ago, when they were nearly three-quarters

(D) amounting to a little less than half the population of the state, down from nearly three-quarters a decade ago

(E) amounting to a little less than half the population of the state, down from what it was a decade ago by nearly three-quarters

look at choice A.
the white are the minority, which is one third of population. this mean the white are the minority of the kind , not of the kind which is two third of population. . this is not logic.
in contrast, in choice D, amounting to..... show a reason/explanation for the main clause. in this sentence, the ideas are closely related.
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03 Jun 2018, 01:31
for non native speaker, this problem is hard
i will think of "which " as " of the kind .." . if we think this way we will realize the illogic relation in choice A.

yes. it is hard
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