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37. 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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Re: SC-Babies [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2007, 10:51
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37. 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


I would go with B.

since the passage compares the number of babies born to women under different ages.

...became the first state in which more babies were born to women over the age of thirty than born under it.

clearly it does not compare the women over 30 and under
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2007, 11:08
I agree with your answer..according to the Brutal SC Key, it's A?
I don't agree...
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Re: SC-Babies [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2007, 13:13
jamesrwrightiii wrote:
37. 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


I got A.

It comes down to B and A for me, but B is wrong because if you make the sentence parallel, you get:

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.

If you place "born" in the bracket, it doesn't make sense.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2007, 13:24
I got A as well. My reasoning was the same as bkk145.

Tough SC though. Took me a while.
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