Source: Official Guide for the GMAT 13th Ed. Sentence Correction; #130 Official Guide for the GMAT 2015 14th Ed. Sentence Correction; #130

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# Over 75 percent of the energy produced

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

### 4 Explanations

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Cydney Seigerman, Magoosh Tutor

Happy to clarify :) In C, the phrase "33 percent of the energy produced in Germany" clearly indicates that we are referring to a certain percentage of Germany's energy and the phrase maintains parallelism with the phrase "75 percent of the energy produced in France." Conversely, D is written in such a way that it seems like "33 percent of the energy" of France is produced in Germany. In other words, "the energy" in D may refer to a percentage of France's total energy, not to Germany's.

Hope this clears up your doubts :)

Jul 18, 2016 • Comment

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SAURAV CHAUDHURI

In C and D ..the energy is in both the options......

Is it that nuclear power in the beginning offsets it?

Jul 15, 2015 • Comment

Jonathan , Magoosh Tutor

Hi Saurav,
The "the" in "the energy" for (C) and the placement of "In Germany" at the very end creates the incorrect meaning that "33% of the energy" refers to energy in France that comes from nuclear power generated in Germany.

In contrast, in (C), "33%" clearly refers to "of the energy produced in Germany."

Jul 27, 2015 • Reply

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Arun Prakash

Even for option B, the sentence fragment which uses... is ambiguous. It doesn't indicate what 33% refers to.

Jul 11, 2015 • Comment

Jonathan , Magoosh Tutor

Hi Arun. You're right! It's ambiguous.

Jul 27, 2015 • Reply

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Mike McGarry, Magoosh Tutor

May 25, 2013 • Comment

if "The energy" makes option D incorrect, how is C correct when it also uses "33 percent of the energy produced"

Jul 16, 2016 • Reply

ISH SANJAY SAHAI

Hi team,

I was wondering whether the "compared to" structure is a valid one on the GMAT. For instance, would a phrasing such as "compared to Germany's energy production, where nuclear energy accounts for just over 33%" be correct on the GMAT?

Mar 23, 2017 • Reply

Cydney Seigerman, Magoosh Tutor

Excellent question! Yes, the phrase "compared to X, Y..." is a valid way to make a comparison on the GMAT. We discuss this and other comparison in this blog post: https://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmat-idioms-of-comparison/ and I definitely recommend you check it out! :D

Now, while we can use "compared to" on the GMAT, the phrase "compared to Germany's energy production, where nuclear energy accounts for just over 33%" would not be correct. That's because "where" is modifying "Germany's energy production" and not Germany.

Hope this helps!

Mar 23, 2017 • Reply