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# According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts

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According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts became the first state in which more babies were born to women over the age of thirty than under it.

A. than
B. than born
C. than they were
D. than there had been
E. than had been born
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15 Feb 2005, 12:38
A...because the subject of the statement is women, not BABIES so than here correctly compares women over 30!
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These are one of those tough ones. It's b/w A and B and A is best
A's comparison:
...in which more babies were born to women over the age of thirty
than
under it
"it" refers to "the age of thirty"
Reconstruct the sentence and you have:
...in which more babies were born to women over the age of thirty than [to women] under the age of thirty
the portion italicized in brackets properly makes the comparison b/w the two group of women and the portion in blue is what replaces "it" to properly refer to the ones over the age of thirty and the ones under the age of thirty

B's comparison:
in which more babies were born to women over the age of thirty than born under it
By repeating the verb, the comparison is b/w:
babies born to women over the age of thirty - to - babies born under [women over the age of thirty]
The portion in brackets illogically replaces "it" and indeed, the subject becomes "babies" instead of "women" as mentioned by fresinha12
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15 Feb 2005, 14:17
I figured A too
Once again Paul your explanation really helped in disecting the sentence
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15 Feb 2005, 16:12
Good explanation paul
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16 Feb 2005, 15:36
Dissecting the sentence cannot be better... Good job Paul!
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16 Feb 2005, 15:44
I would have to choose (A) for being the most concise out of all of them.
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16 Feb 2005, 16:57
Thanks Paul!

No doubt god explanation!

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19 Feb 2005, 01:27
Well done, Paul

The OA is A.

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