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Over 75% of the energy produced in France derives from nuclear power, while in Germany it is just over 33%.

A) while in Germany it is just over 33%
B) compared to Germany, which uses just over 33%
C) whereas nuclear poweraccounts for just over 33% of the energy produced in Germany
D) whereas just over 33% of the energy comes from nuclear power in Germany
E) compared with the energy from nuclear power in Germany, where it is just over 33%.
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Concept Tested: Meaning, Clarity, Comparison
Difficulty level: High
Illustration:
This problem tests subtle differences of meaning and clarity, which appears when illogical things are compared.
In A, the pronoun “it” does not have a logical antecedent (which should be proportion of the energy which is derived
from nuclear power).

In B, a lot of things go wrong. “in France” is compared with “Germany” which is incorrect. Also B is not clear about whether Germany uses
33% of nuclear power of 33% of energy itself
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D is clearly illogical and ambiguous. In D it is very unclear what the term “energy” suggests. It could be energy in
Germany or somewhere else that utilized 33% of German nuclear energy.

E has two errors. First, it compares a proportion of energy in France with energy derived from German nuclear power. E also uses “it” which lacks a logical antecedent.
C is correct.
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Over 75% of the energy produced in France derives from nuclear power, while in Germany it is just over 33%.
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I had a confusion over C and D, but finally C wins due to it's clear and concise meaning.

A) while in Germany it is just over 33% -- it pronoun ambiguity
B) compared to Germany, which uses just over 33% - wrong comparison - you cannot compare Energy to Germany
C) whereas nuclear poweraccounts for just over 33% of the energy produced in Germany - Bingo
D) whereas just over 33% of the energy comes from nuclear power in Germany - absolutely ambiguous, and distorts the meaning.
E) compared with the energy from nuclear power in Germany, where it is just over 33% - again no antecedent to it
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A) while in Germany it is just over 33%

What is IT referring to ? Seems to be referring to the POWER when it should refer to the production of power..

B) compared to Germany, which uses just over 33%

How can we compare the energy to a nation ?

C) whereas nuclear power accounts for just over 33% of the energy produced in Germany

Although Long , it expresses the sentiments contained in the original passage while removing the grammatical errors which existed in A .. We are referring to the energy produced in Germany and what percentage of that comes from nuclear power... therefore in the absence of an equally correct but shorter or better worded sentence this is correct..

D) whereas just over 33% of the energy comes from nuclear power in Germany

Doesn't make sense , energy comes from nuclear power in Germany , could mean something totally different .. We need to specify for example whether this is the 33% energy produced, consumed, energy exported, energy imported, energy wasted etc etc etc ..

E) compared with the energy from nuclear power in Germany, where it is just over 33%.

Still does not remove the ambiguity ....

Given the choices C is the best suited choice ..
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Concept Tested: Meaning, Clarity, Comparison
Difficulty level: High
Illustration:
This problem tests subtle differences of meaning and clarity, which appears when illogical things are compared.
In A, the pronoun “it” does not have a logical antecedent (which should be proportion of the energy which is derived
from nuclear power).

In B, a lot of things go wrong. “in France” is compared with “Germany” which is incorrect. Also B is not clear about whether Germany uses
33% of nuclear power of 33% of energy itself
.
D is clearly illogical and ambiguous. In D it is very unclear what the term “energy” suggests. It could be energy in
Germany or somewhere else that utilized 33% of German nuclear energy.

E has two errors. First, it compares a proportion of energy in France with energy derived from German nuclear power. E also uses “it” which lacks a logical antecedent.
C is correct.
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07 Nov 2012, 21:37
As per the explanations D is wrong since the word energy doesn't has the word produced or any other word. In its present form it means 33% of energy ( may be total energy or energy of any firm that produces energy)

I found that explanation in OG for eliminating option A ismore comprehensive........... While .... Is used for similarity and whereas for contrast.
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15 Jan 2013, 04:35
comma+do-ed

modifies ONLY immediately preceding noun

is that right?
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18 Feb 2013, 11:43
thangvietnam wrote:
comma+do-ed

modifies ONLY immediately preceding noun

is that right?

Hi thangvietnam,

I'm not quite sure what you are referring to "comma+do=ed", but I can absolutely confirm that a comma construction does not always refer to the preceding noun. Indeed certain noun modifiers like "which" require the noun to precede the comma; however, verb modifiers also take a comma construction and can describe an entire phrase.

Noun modifier -> I ran the dog, which loves to run.
Verb modifier -> I ran the dog, during the coolest part of the day.

I used to make a similar assumption, but I realized that meaning should take a higher priority than construction during the first-read.
Hope this helps. Please correct me if I'm in error. Thanks!
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28 Mar 2013, 08:23
Yes, I was stuck b/W C and D. Was tricked into choosing D! C is the winner though
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27 Jul 2016, 03:17
Over 75% of the energy produced in France derives from nuclear power, while in Germany it is just over 33%.

A) while in Germany it is just over 33%
Wrong:- "It" is ambiguous. Does it refers to nuclear power or to the energy produced.

B) compared to Germany, which uses just over 33%
Wrong:- Energy is compared to Germany.

C) whereas nuclear power accounts for just over 33% of the energy produced in Germany
Correct:- Correctly compares "75% of the energy produced in France" to "33% of the energy produced in Germany"

D) whereas just over 33% of the energy comes from nuclear power in Germany
Wrong:- Ok !! This is the funniest of all options. To understand why it is wrong you will have to read the entire sentence.
Over 75% of the energy produced in France derives from nuclear power whereas just over 33% of the energy comes from- nuclear power in Germany
This makes us feel that WE ARE TALKING ONLY ABOUT FRANCE'S ENERGY. FRANCE MAKES IT OWN ENERGY AND TAKES 33% ENERGY FROM GERMANY.

E) compared with the energy from nuclear power in Germany, where it is just over 33%.
Wrong:- Again "it" has no logical antecedent. What is 33% - "energy" or "nuclear power" ?

souvik101990 wrote:
Over 75% of the energy produced in France derives from nuclear power, while in Germany it is just over 33%.

A) while in Germany it is just over 33%
B) compared to Germany, which uses just over 33%
C) whereas nuclear poweraccounts for just over 33% of the energy produced in Germany
D) whereas just over 33% of the energy comes from nuclear power in Germany
E) compared with the energy from nuclear power in Germany, where it is just over 33%.

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