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Millions of people in the United States are affected by eating disorders, more than 90% of those afflicted are adolescents or young women.

a. eating disorders, more than 90%
b. eating disorders; more than 90%
c. eating disorders, of which more than 90%
d. eating disorders. Ninety percent more
e. eating disorders, over 90%

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The right answer is B. The use of a semi-colon is appropriate to join the two independent clauses Millions of people in the United States are affected by eating disorders and more than 90% of those afflicted are adolescents or young women.

Options A and E use a comma to separate two main clauses, and this is not acceptable.

Option D changes the meaning of the sentence.

Option C is not correct because the modifier of which more than 90% of those afflicted are adolescents or young women modifies affected by eating disorders, which does not make sense. It should have modified millions of people in the United States. Otherwise, it should have been out of which......
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Millions of people in the United States are affected by eating disorders, more than 90% of those afflicted are adolescents or young women.

A. eating disorders, more than 90% - correct answer choice
B. eating disorders; more than 90% ; is the same as . which make the following sentence awkward
C. eating disorders, of which more than 90% - of which is unnecessary here
D. Eating disorders. Ninety percent more - it should be more than ninety percent
E. Eating disorders, over 90% - between over vs. more than - GMAT preferred more than

Therefore A is the correct answer choice.
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Millions of people in the United States are affected by eating disorders, more than 90% of those afflicted are adolescents or young women.

A. eating disorders, more than 90%
B. eating disorders; more than 90% the second cause can stand on it own, therefore, a semicolon must be used.
C. eating disorders, of which more than 90%
D. Eating disorders. Ninety percent more
E. Eating disorders, over 90%

Therefore, B
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Two independent clauses must be separated by semicolon or comma + conjunction

A. eating disorders, more than 90%....incorrect
B. eating disorders; more than 90%....correct
C. eating disorders, of which more than 90%.......redundant
D. Eating disorders. Ninety percent more... Meaning not clear
E. Eating disorders, over 90%...incorrect


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Millions of people in the United States are affected by eating disorders, more than 90% of those afflicted are adolescents or young women.

Let us not mistake that the people are affected by eating a food dish known as 'disorders'. Actually eating is an adjective modifying the noun 'disorders' such as indigestion, excess acidity or some such thing.

A. eating disorders, more than 90%--- this is a comma splice

B. eating disorders; more than 90% -- This is the correct answer

C. eating disorders, of which more than 90%--- this means 90% of the disorders are people

D. Eating disorders. Ninety percent more ---. The second clause misses the relatedness with the first clause because of the period. It is also not clear what the choice means to convey by saying 'ninety percent more" are those afflicted are young people. A minor point is also that whenever the number exceeds ten, it is normally written with numbers rather than with words.

E. Eating disorders, over 90% ---- This is also a comma splice
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Millions of people in the United States are affected by eating disorders, more than 90% of those afflicted are adolescents or young women.

A. eating disorders, more than 90%
B. eating disorders; more than 90%
C. eating disorders, of which more than 90%
D. Eating disorders. Ninety percent more
E. Eating disorders, over 90%


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Correct Answer: B

b. Choice a is a run-on sentence, which choice b corrects by changing the comma to a semicolon. Choice c creates a wordy and awkward sentence. Choice d changes the meaning of the sentence and makes it unclear â€" 90% more of what? Choice e is also a run-on.
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