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The opening modifier is trying to modify US citizens. As per all available choices, E suits the best as per my opinion.

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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
(B) As
(C) Being
(D) Despite having
(E) Although accounting for


This is a very tricky question .
So let just get on with it .

Meaning : The population of US is only 5 percent , yet it consumes 28 percent of the world's non renewable resources .

A absolutely wrong as use of preposition is wrong there is nothing to accompany .
B As is wrong
C being is also wrong
D it incorrectly modifies the "United States citizens" rather it should modify US should it be in the sentence .
E correct Although accounting for correctly modifies the US citizens
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The best choices are obviously C & E. But Why should I choose E over C. Even C is perfectly alright from grammatical point of view

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The best choices are obviously C & E. But Why should I choose E over C. Even C is perfectly alright from grammatical point of view


The US citizens themselves ARE (verb "to be") not 5% of the population - citizens cannot BE population, they CONSTITUTE or ACCOUNT FOR 5% of the population. Hence verb "being" (in option C) is wrong.

In country X, women ARE 50% of the population... wrong.
In country X, women CONSTITUTE / ACCOUNT FOR 50% of the population... correct.

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merajul wrote:
The best choices are obviously C & E. But Why should I choose E over C. Even C is perfectly alright from grammatical point of view


The US citizens themselves ARE (verb "to be") not 5% of the population - citizens cannot BE population, they CONSTITUTE or ACCOUNT FOR 5% of the population. Hence verb "being" (in option C) is wrong.

In country X, women ARE 50% of the population... wrong.
In country X, women CONSTITUTE / ACCOUNT FOR 50% of the population... correct.


thank you sayantan.

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