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In New York today, Italians account for more than 14 percent of the population, compared with ten years ago, when it was about 16 percent.

A) In New York today, Italians account for more than 14 percent of the population, compared with ten years ago, when it was about 16 percent.
B) Of the New Yorkers, today more than 14 percent of them are Italian, compared with ten years ago, when it was about 16 percent.
C) Today, more than 14 percent of New Yorkers are Italian, compared with about 16 percent ten years ago.
D) Today, compared with 10 years ago, New Yorkers who are Italian account for more than 14 percent of the population, whereas it was about 16 percent.
E) Today, Italians in New York account for more than 14 percent of the population, unlike ten years ago, when the number was about 16 percent.
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In New York today, Italians account for more than 14 percent of the population, compared with ten years ago, when it was about 16 percent.

A) In New York today, Italians account for more than 14 percent of the population, compared with ten years ago, when it was about 16 percent.
B) Of the New Yorkers, today more than 14 percent of them are Italian, comared with ten years ago, when it was about 16 percent.
C) Today, more than 14 percent of New Yorkers are Italian, compared with about 16 percent ten years ago.
D) Today, compared with 10 years ago, New Yorkers who are Italian account for more than 14 percent of the population, whereas it was about 16 percent.
E) Today, Italians in New York account for more than 14 percent of the population, unlike ten years ago, when the number was about 16 percent.

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A) Seems population is compared with 10 years. -- wrong.
B) awkwards... Of the new yorker.
C) Seems compact and more meaningful.
D) wordy.
E) unlike is wrong in my point of view..
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guerrero25 wrote:
In New York today, Italians account for more than 14 percent of the population, compared with ten years ago, when it was about 16 percent.

A) In New York today, Italians account for more than 14 percent of the population, compared with ten years ago, when it was about 16 percent.
B) Of the New Yorkers, today more than 14 percent of them are Italian, compared with ten years ago, when it was about 16 percent.
C) Today, more than 14 percent of New Yorkers are Italian, compared with about 16 percent ten years ago.
D) Today, compared with 10 years ago, New Yorkers who are Italian account for more than 14 percent of the population, whereas it was about 16 percent.
E) Today, Italians in New York account for more than 14 percent of the population, unlike ten years ago, when the number was about 16 percent.

Dear guerrero25,
I'm happy to help. :-) I would be intrigued to see what the source for this is: it strikes me as somewhat strange for a GMAT SC question.

(A) & (B) & (C) have modifier problems ---- the modifier "compared with" doesn't touch what it modifies. The double preposition in (C) "with about" is a GMAT no-no.

(D) has a very awkward and wordy structure.

Arguably, in (E), the modifier "unlike" doesn't touch what it modifies either.

Probably the closest to correct is (A) . If we view "of the population" as a vital modifier, which is reasonable, then "compared with" modifies "14 percent", but the problem there is we are not comparing "14 percent" to "ten years ago." A better version of (A) would be:
In New York today, Italians account for more than 14 percent of the population, compared with 16 percent ten years ago.
The structure P compared with Q demands that P & Q are comparable.

I am going to say that, according to the high standards held by the GMAT SC, none of the five answers here is acceptable. The subject matter is also funny --- it is talking about a big change from 16% to "more than 14%". The contrast of the sentence hinges on that difference, but arguably, that's a statistical anomaly, not even a meaningful difference. This is a poor question on several counts.

Let me know if anyone has any more questions.
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Can you please explain why A and not E ?
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