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24 Jun 2011, 20:35
E only because the tone of the sentence is one of disapproval where it clears states that although only 5% you consume more.

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28 Jun 2011, 11:37
E it is.

Contrast required.
5% population ==> but high consumption

so only D and E left (despite and although)

Despite having is modifying the US not it's citizens so wrong
E is correct as modifying US citizens.

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The modified noun is “the US citizens. The text means to imply a contrast

A. With --- sounds as if the US citizens possess 5% of world population; contrast is missing
B. As – comparing 5% with the US citizens; contrast is missing
C. Being –being renders the choice wrong; contrast is missing
D. Despite having --- citizens are said to be having 5% of population - wrong
E. Although accounting for—correct choice, - the US citizens account for 5%; the contrast is established by the conjunction ‘although’

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22 Jun 2012, 17:46
true E is the best of the worst . but the question is " can we use although ,which is sub-ordinate conjunction " without having subject and verb (although needs clause) ???
bt here there is no subject .....so it might be wrong then
i think it would not be frm renown branded sources rather it wud downside our grammar knowledge ...
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22 Jun 2012, 21:17
Ok by now everybody should have narrowed this problem down to A, D and E.

A is ambiguous because when you use with, what it really means is that "With the help of". e.g. With 100 soldiers in the army, the opposition cruised to victory.
D is wrong because despite having can't be used in the cases of numbers. The contexts I have seen people using despite having goes something like this: Despite having early success in his career, George couldn't capitalize to move up the career ladder.

I guess this the reason

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24 Jun 2012, 05:04
IMO E. Needs a contrast. If not A would've been ok too..
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02 Jul 2012, 11:41
Despite having .... --> the question is what/who has ? its the USA not US citizen who has 5% of the world population
Although accounting for ... -> the questions is who accounts for ? it is the US citizens who account for 5 % of the world population
therefore the correct answer is E

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The US citizen account for the 5 percent of world population and they consume much more when compared to world's population. So there must be a contrast here . Therefore A,B and C out.

Despite having percent of world population, US citizens

It is understood that the US constitute the 5 percent of world population. However the intending meaning is US citizens.

Therefore E
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19 Jan 2013, 01:56
This sentence requires contrast, hence only D & E are contenders.

(D) Despite having
--"Despite having" incorrectly refers to "United states Citizens". It should refer to "United States" only.
(E) Although accounting for
-- This is correct

Hence choice(E) is the answer.
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05 Jun 2013, 07:37
Though I chose E here, I am not happy with the option. Isn't "Although accounting for" a phrase?

My understanding is that "Although" is a subordinating conjunction and hence needs independent clauses to make them dependent. However, in the given question it is definitely not the case. So I conclude that my understanding is completely wrong. Can you please help?

The basis for my understanding was

OG 13 SC-74 Option E was eliminated stating "Although is a conjunction and should be followed by a finite clause with a subject, not by a participle. In addition....<snip>...optimal"

Another example:
OG 13 SC-132. The heirlooms question. Option A.

So how can GMAT choose E is an option in this sentence. Please help.

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Hi - Again here we find ourself in the realms of the 'most correct' answer.

Your point has specifically been dealt with previously:

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Good point here, I remember reading something like this in the Idioms chapter and it made me scan through the MG SC guide again. What's stated there is 'Although' should 'generally' be followed by a clause. Since this is not out and out a strict rule, in the absence of a better answer choice we could ignore this rule. The following statement has been marked 'suspect' in SC guide and not 'wrong': "Although a frequent napper, I study effectively"

In general, it is clear that E is the most correct answer - so don't fret about the details and move on.

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Hi - Again here we find ourself in the realms of the 'most correct' answer.

Your point has specifically been dealt with previously:

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Good point here, I remember reading something like this in the Idioms chapter and it made me scan through the MG SC guide again. What's stated there is 'Although' should 'generally' be followed by a clause. Since this is not out and out a strict rule, in the absence of a better answer choice we could ignore this rule. The following statement has been marked 'suspect' in SC guide and not 'wrong': "Although a frequent napper, I study effectively"

In general, it is clear that E is the most correct answer - so don't fret about the details and move on.

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Hi James.

Do you think E has problem? I think the correct structure is [although + clause]. Please advise.
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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 - With modifies citizens incorrectly
(B) As - Wrong usage
(C) Being - Incorrectly used
(D) Despite having - Wrongly modifies citizens again
(E) Although accounting for - Correct! - modifies citizens best out of all of the solutions.

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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 ---- DOES NOT MODIFY Citizens
(B) As ---DOES NOT MODIFY Citizens
(C) Being ---DOES NOT MODIFY Citizens
(D) Despite having ----DOES NOT MODIFY Citizens
(E) Although accounting for --clearly citizens are accounting for 5% of the population --- Also this sentence requires contrast between 5% and 28% which is achieved by E

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The answer can not be E as "although" requires a clause and "Although accounting for ...' lacks a main verb to form a clause.

None of the answers fit correctly. To me, this appears to be bogus question. What is the source?

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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 ---- with means that the US citizens are having 5% of the world population

(B) As – As without a verb means ‘in the role of’ – So the US citizens seems to play the role of 5% of the World population

(C) Being – As a thumb rule, ‘being’ used as a modifier is wrong in GMAT

(D) Despite having --- having means possessing. Wrong meaning
(E) Although accounting for--- best choice.

Now, for the question whether the subordinate conjunction although doesn’t entail a verb, the answer is that although when used at the beginning of a sentence, can be used as part of a modifier phrase without a verb. On the contrary when although is used at the end of the sentence, it can only be used in a clause. Please look in to the following OG question

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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 ---- with means that the US citizens are having 5% of the world population

(B) As – As without a verb means ‘in the role of’ – So the US citizens seems to play the role of 5% of the World population

(C) Being – As a thumb rule, ‘being’ used as a modifier is wrong in GMAT

(D) Despite having --- having means possessing. Wrong meaning
(E) Although accounting for--- best choice.

Now, for the question whether the subordinate conjunction although doesn’t entail a verb, the answer is that although when used at the beginning of a sentence, can be used as part of a modifier phrase without a verb. On the contrary when although is used at the end of the sentence, it can only be used in a clause. Please look in to the following OG question

with-only-5-percent-of-the-world-s-population-united-states-118739.html?fl=similar

Hi Daagh,

I had this strange doubt that as option E acts as modifier , and is modifying US citizens then shouldn't united states's citizens better construction than united states citizens.

I may be acting a bit skeptical

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Maybe. But not in E alone, in all choices. You see, the citizens part is not even underlined. But I think the point of this question is whether the modifiers fit in logically with what they seek to modify.
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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.

If we go by the meaning we sentence needs a word that show contrast, because this sentence conveys the meaning that ONLY 5% of world's population, US citizens.....consume 28% of...drive more...and use 21 times more.....

(A) With
with does not show contrast. Also with is wrong as after comma we US citizens. It seems like with 5% of population citizens do bla bla bla..

(B) As
Shows no contrast. Also conveys wrong meaning.

(C) Being
Shows no contrast. Also conveys wrong meaning.

(D) Despite having
If we miss that its not US but US citizens then this choice could be picked in hurry. "despite having 5% population.., citizens consume" - wrong meaning.

(E) Although accounting for

Yes US citizens account for 5% of the worlds population and consume...drive..use... - correct meaning.
Although shows the contrast.
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With only 5 percent of the world's population, United States citizens consumer 28 percent of its non-renewable resources, drive more than one-third of 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

We need a word that presents a contrast. Despite having refers back to US citizen, that is wrong to say so E.

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