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# With only 5 percent of the world s population, United States

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27 Jul 2011, 09:54
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942. With only 5 percent of the world’s population, United States citizens consume 28 percent of its nonrenewable resources, drive more than one-third of its automobiles, and use 21 times more water per capita than Europeans do.
(A) With
(B) As
(C) Being
(D) Despite having
(E) Although accounting for

Whats wrong with A. there is sufficient contrast in the option A.
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27 Jul 2011, 10:38
(D) Despite having
(E) Although accounting for

I think only options D and E correctly express the contrast expected in the sentence. However I don't understand why we chose 'Although' over 'Despite'.

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27 Jul 2011, 23:04
The trick here is to look at what we are modifying--United States citizens. U.S. citizens don't *have* 5% of the world population, and they aren't *with* 5% of the population. Their numbers add up to 5% of the world population, so we can say that they "represent" that 5%. None of the other answers get this meaning right.

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28 Jul 2011, 07:05
In that case, If we have "united states " instead of "united states citizens" then option A will be ok. Is that right?.

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28 Jul 2011, 22:37
The answer is E simply because we are talking about citizens and not the country.

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