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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. that they were
D. than there had been
E. than had been born
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Re: According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts [#permalink] New post 07 Jul 2007, 17:51
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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. that they were
D. than there had been
E. than had been born

Please give explanations to support your choices. OA will be posted soon.


A should be the answer.
more women over X than under it.

the sentence is comparing the age of women and not the age of babies born, so rule out B and E.
C and D - ruled out because of lack of parallelism. - more women over X than "they were"/"than there had been" is incorrect..
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Re: According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts [#permalink] New post 07 Jul 2007, 18:30
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Re: According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2007, 10:35
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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 (to women) under it.

A.


I selected A by POE, but this makes it clearer!

OA is A.
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Re: According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2010, 04:40
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 were born to women under the age of 30

it=the age of 30
were born to women can be ellipsed
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Re: According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2011, 22:23
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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 (to women) under it.

A.



Can someone please tell me if my reasoning is correct???

After 'than' you see 'under': look back in the sentence whats the opposite of 'under' its 'over'…. So what comes after over in the original sentence …it is ' to women' ….so read sentence by putting (to women ) in brackets after than and before under…. You will see option A is correct…
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Re: According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2012, 02:28
Under it refers to under the age of thirty.
A – Parallel. Over the age Vs under it. It refers to “age of thirty”
B – Not parallel. Eliminate
C – same as B. They could refer to women or babies. Eliminate
D – Not parallel . There refers to ? . Eliminate
E – Not parallel. Eliminate
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Re: According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2012, 03:18
As per me this would be more accurate, even not present in the options -"more babies were born to women over the age of thirty than to those under it.
We are comparing number of babies born to women above thirty to number of babies born to women below 30.
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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. that they were
D. than there had been
E. than had been born

Please give explanations to support your choices. OA will be posted soon.


+1 for A :-D ... Sheer Parallelism

B. than born --> wrong comparison (babies)
C. that they were --> wrong comparison (Babies)
D. than there had been --> Had been ???
E. than had been born --> wrong comparison (Babies)
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Re: According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2014, 14:40
Hi

Can someone please explain how parallelism exsits in this sentence? I don't see how one is better than the other. For example, in my mind, B could read:

-Born to women over the age of thirty than born (to women) under it.

The "to women" part is implied in A so why can't it be implied in B?
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Re: According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2014, 03:42
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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
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D. than there had been
E. than had been born
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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.

Basically
more babies were born to women over the age of thirty
than
babies were born to women under the age of thirty

age of thirty -> it
"babies were born to women" is ellipsed.


A. than -> Hence correct
B. than born
C. than they were
D. than there had been
E. than had been born
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Re: According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2015, 01:09
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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.

Basically
more babies were born to women over the age of thirty
than
babies were born to women under the age of thirty

age of thirty -> it
"babies were born to women" is ellipsed.


A. than -> Hence correct
B. than born
C. than they were
D. than there had been
E. than had been born


I have a same reason as you. But I answered C because I thought they refer to babies. but they can refer to women. This is ok. I got it.

However, if it has a choice like this.

F. than babies were

Is it correct?
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