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After decreasing steadily in the mid-1990's, the percentage of students in the United States finishing high school or having earned equivalency diplomas increased in the last three years of the decade, up to 86.5 percent in 2000 from 85.9 percent in 1999 and 84.8 percent in 1998.
(A) finishing high school or having earned equivalency diplomas increased in the last three years of the decade, up to 86.5 percent in 2000 from 85.9 percent in 1999 and
(B) finishing high school or earning equivalency diplomas, increasing in the last three years of the decade, rising to 86.5 percent in 2000 from 85.9 percent in 1999 and from
(C) having finished high school or earning an equivalency diploma increased in the last three years of the decade, and rose to 86.5 percent in 2000 from 85.9 percent in 1999 and from
(D) who either finished high school or they earned an equivalency diploma, increasing in the last three years of the decade, rose to 86.5 percent in 2000 from 85.9 percent in 1999 and
(E) who finished high school or earned equivalency diplomas increased in the last three years of the decade, to 86.5 percent in 2000 from 85.9 percent in 1999 and
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After decreasing steadily in the mid-1990's, the percentage of students in the United States finishing high school or having earned equivalency diplomas increased in the last three years of the decade, up to 86.5 percent in 2000 from 85.9 percent in 1999 and 84.8 percent in 1998.

(A) finishing high school or having earned equivalency diplomas increased in the last three years of the decade, up to 86.5 percent in 2000 from 85.9 percent in 1999 and
(B) finishing high school or earning equivalency diplomas, increasing in the last three years of the decade, rising to 86.5 percent in 2000 from 85.9 percent in 1999 and from
(C) having finished high school or earning an equivalency diploma increased in the last three years of the decade, and rose to 86.5 percent in 2000 from 85.9 percent in 1999 and from
(D) who either finished high school or they earned an equivalency diploma, increasing in the last three years of the decade, rose to 86.5 percent in 2000 from 85.9 percent in 1999 and
(E) who finished high school or earned equivalency diplomas increased in the last three years of the decade, to 86.5 percent in 2000 from 85.9 percent in 1999 and

I confirm: the OA is E. (well said aditya8062 )
The use of the -ing form modifies the noun before, Unites States in this case. This is clearly wrong: out A B C. D is unclear: "they" makes the sentence redundant.
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08 Aug 2013, 07:31
The idiom in this sentence is To X From Y? Is that correct?

to 86.5 percent in 2000 from 85.9 percent
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The idiom in this sentence is To X From Y? Is that correct?

to 86.5 percent in 2000 from 85.9 percent

Yes, that's correct. But if I am not mistaken, also the other way round is correct "From X to Y"; both cases are fine.
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Hi Zarrolou,

After decreasing steadily in the mid-1990's, the percentage of students in the United States finishing high school or having earned equivalency diplomas increased in the last three years of the decade, up to 86.5 percent in 2000 from 85.9 percent in 1999 and 84.8 percent in 1998.

(A) finishing high school or having earned equivalency diplomas increased in the last three years of the decade, up to 86.5 percent in 2000 from 85.9 percent in 1999 and
(B) finishing high school or earning equivalency diplomas, increasing in the last three years of the decade, rising to 86.5 percent in 2000 from 85.9 percent in 1999 and from
(C) having finished high school or earning an equivalency diploma increased in the last three years of the decade, and rose to 86.5 percent in 2000 from 85.9 percent in 1999 and from
(D) who either finished high school or they earned an equivalency diploma, increasing in the last three years of the decade, rose to 86.5 percent in 2000 from 85.9 percent in 1999 and
(E) who finished high school or earned equivalency diplomas increased in the last three years of the decade, to 86.5 percent in 2000 from 85.9 percent in 1999 and

The reason that verb-ing modifiers in Choices A, B, and C refer to immediately preceding noun United States and hence these choices should be eliminated is not correct.

The verb-ing modifier without a comma preceding it and a relative pronoun both are noun modifiers. The rules for all the noun modifiers are the same. In that case, then “who” in Choices D and E should also refer to the immediate preceding noun United States. But that is not the case.

In choices A, B , and C, the verb-ing modifiers correctly refers to the preceding noun phrase “students in the United States”. This is the reason why “who” also refers to this very noun phrase in choices D and E.

For more details on when a noun modifier can refer to a slightly far away noun and when it cannot, please refer to the following article:

noun-modifiers-can-modify-slightly-far-away-noun-135868.html

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09 Aug 2013, 10:06
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“who” in Choices D and E should also refer to the immediate preceding noun United States.

Hello egmat, how can who modify United States? Can who modify a country?
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Please note that when "who" is used as a non-essential modifier, ie. with a comma right before "who", then "who" modifies the noun right before the comma.
Else, when "who" is used as an essential modifier, ie. without a comma right before "who", then "who" doesn't necessarily modify the noun right before the comma. So, in this case, "who" modifies "students in the United States".
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10 Aug 2013, 02:22
Here are my colorful 2 cents on the answer choices.

After decreasing steadily in the mid-1990's, the percentage of students in the United States finishing high school or having earned equivalency diplomas increased in the last three years of the decade, up to 86.5 percent in 2000 from 85.9 percent in 1999 and 84.8 percent in 1998.
(A) finishing high school or having earned equivalency diplomas increased in the last three years of the decade, up to 86.5 percent in 2000 from 85.9 percent in 1999 and - Unidiomatic; increased ... upto is just wrong
(B) finishing high school or earning equivalency diplomas, increasing in the last three years of the decade, rising to 86.5 percent in 2000 from 85.9 percent in 1999 and from - intended meaning unclear because of incorrect modifiers
(C) having finished high school or earning an equivalency diploma increased in the last three years of the decade, and rose to 86.5 percent in 2000 from 85.9 percent in 1999 and from -Fragmented sentence structure
(D) who either finished high school or they earned an equivalency diploma, increasing in the last three years of the decade, rose to 86.5 percent in 2000 from 85.9 percent in 1999 and - Incorrect parallelism; redundant wordings-increase already captures the essence of %tage increasing
(E) who finished high school or earned equivalency diplomas increased in the last three years of the decade, to 86.5 percent in 2000 from 85.9 percent in 1999 and Correct answer choice

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12 Aug 2013, 07:04
mohish wrote:
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“who” in Choices D and E should also refer to the immediate preceding noun United States.

Hello egmat, how can who modify United States? Can who modify a country?

Hi "mohish",

Well, that's what my point is. The way cannot refer to United States, in the same way the other noun modifiers after "United States" also do not refer to the Unites States because logically they all refer to a little far away noun "students".

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In Choice E isn't comma between decade & 86.5 wrong?

"who finished high school or earned equivalency diplomas increased in the last three years of the decade, to 86.5 percent in 2000 from 85.9 percent in 1999 and"
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The phrase needs a "who" because saying "someone having done something" is not idiomatic. Answer choice D has "they", rendering the answer choice incorrect. Answer choice E is the correct one.
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