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According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts [#permalink] New post 10 Feb 2008, 04:55
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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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Re: sc - 30 -comparisons - set 13 [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2009, 22:31
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Option E reads

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 [babies] had been born under it

By introducing the verb, the meaning of the sentence changes, saying that more babies were born under the age of thirty. This doesn't make any sense.

Option A, relies on the ellipsis to make the right comparison


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 [babies were born to women] under it [age of thirty]
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Re: sc - 30 -comparisons - set 13 [#permalink] New post 10 Feb 2008, 20:12
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A. than
B. than born
C. than they were
D. than there had been
E. than had been born


This is tough one – twister. So, one way to resolve is to flip the sentence and check which one makes sense.

A: According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts became the first state in which more women over the age of thirty delivered babies than under age of thirty.[Hold it]

B: According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts became the first state in which more women over the age of thirty delivered babies than born under age of thirty.[This makes invalid – eliminate it]

C: According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts became the first state in which more women over the age of thirty delivered babies than they were under age of thirty.[Same women delivered over age thirty and under thirty – changes the meaning of the sentence – eliminate it]

D: According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts became the first state in which more women over the age of thirty delivered babies than there had been under age of thirty.[Implies women were delivering babies – eliminate it]

E: According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts became the first state in which more women over the age of thirty delivered babies than had been under age of thirty.[Does not make sense – eliminate it]

Answer: A
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Re: According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts [#permalink] New post 24 Jun 2013, 22:51
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It will go for A

Here we are comparing ages --- over 30 and below 30 --- Also IT refers to 30

A. than ---- correct comparision --- more babies were born to women (over 30 than under 30) --- meaning is clear
B. than born ---- to maintain parallesism --- than were born to women under 30----- would be correct.
C. than they were --- not parallel --- than they were under it (is wrong)
D. than there had been --- not parallel ---- wrong use of past perfect
E. than had been born -- incorrect comparison --- had been is wrong --- we are not refering to one event in past that has ocured before another past event ----- both events in the past


The OA for the question you're answering is (I believe) E.

More modifies babies, not women, but under 30 modifies women, so you need more info.

The other question in this thread has "women" I the subject, in which case A is the OA.
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Re: sc - 30 -comparisons - set 13 [#permalink] New post 10 Feb 2008, 20:41
hanumayamma wrote:
A. than
B. than born
C. than they were
D. than there had been
E. than had been born


This is tough one – twister. So, one way to resolve is to flip the sentence and check which one makes sense.

A: According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts became the first state in which more women over the age of thirty delivered babies than under age of thirty.[Hold it]

B: According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts became the first state in which more women over the age of thirty delivered babies than born under age of thirty.[This makes invalid – eliminate it]

C: According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts became the first state in which more women over the age of thirty delivered babies than they were under age of thirty.[Same women delivered over age thirty and under thirty – changes the meaning of the sentence – eliminate it]

D: According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts became the first state in which more women over the age of thirty delivered babies than there had been under age of thirty.[Implies women were delivering babies – eliminate it]

E: According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts became the first state in which more women over the age of thirty delivered babies than had been under age of thirty.[Does not make sense – eliminate it]

Answer: A


I agree with your reasoning but OA is E and I don't catch why...source GMATPrep set 13
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Re: sc - 30 -comparisons - set 13 [#permalink] New post 10 Apr 2008, 08:30
I still don't get this one. Obviously, it falls under the comparison and parallelism categories, but it's so complex, and I just don't agree with E as the OA
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Re: sc - 30 -comparisons - set 13 [#permalink] New post 10 Apr 2008, 09:13
:roll: :roll: E doesn't make sense at all. Explaination anyone ?
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Re: sc - 30 -comparisons - set 13 [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2008, 13:07
Guys,

This question is a part of Brutal SC. The OA is A. You are right.

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Re: sc - 30 -comparisons - set 13 [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2009, 15:48
Toughie!!Could somebody explain when and how do we know that a sentence has to be overturned in this way to fnd the correct ans.?
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Re: sc - 30 -comparisons - set 13 [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2009, 03:57
I just came across this on my GMAT prep and selected E as well. Can anyone offer an explanation to this question?
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Re: sc - 30 -comparisons - set 13 [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2009, 22:06
IMO A, E looks wrong, had been is used in past progressive, and there is nothing like that, :-), what u think?
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Re: sc - 30 -comparisons - set 13 [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2009, 07:39
Leopard wrote:
Guys,

This question is a part of Brutal SC. The OA is A. You are right.

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Re: sc - 30 -comparisons - set 13 [#permalink] New post 02 Feb 2010, 17:53
OA is A. I just took a GMATPRep exam with this on it.
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Re: sc - 30 -comparisons - set 13 [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2011, 22:06
hanumayamma wrote:
A. than
B. than born
C. than they were
D. than there had been
E. than had been born


This is tough one – twister. So, one way to resolve is to flip the sentence and check which one makes sense.

A: According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts became the first state in which more women over the age of thirty delivered babies than under age of thirty.[Hold it]

B: According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts became the first state in which more women over the age of thirty delivered babies than born under age of thirty.[This makes invalid – eliminate it]

C: According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts became the first state in which more women over the age of thirty delivered babies than they were under age of thirty.[Same women delivered over age thirty and under thirty – changes the meaning of the sentence – eliminate it]

D: According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts became the first state in which more women over the age of thirty delivered babies than there had been under age of thirty.[Implies women were delivering babies – eliminate it]

E: According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts became the first state in which more women over the age of thirty delivered babies than had been under age of thirty.[Does not make sense – eliminate it]

Answer: A


How do you form this kind of a sentence by flipping...can someone explain in detail??? PLEASE DONT JUST POST VOTE AND EXPLAIN IN DETAIL
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Re: According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts [#permalink] New post 24 Jun 2013, 22:30
It will go for A

Here we are comparing ages --- over 30 and below 30 --- Also IT refers to 30

A. than ---- correct comparision --- more babies were born to women (over 30 than under 30) --- meaning is clear
B. than born ---- to maintain parallesism --- than were born to women under 30----- would be correct.
C. than they were --- not parallel --- than they were under it (is wrong)
D. than there had been --- not parallel ---- wrong use of past perfect
E. than had been born -- incorrect comparison --- had been is wrong --- we are not refering to one event in past that has ocured before another past event ----- both events in the past
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Re: According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts [#permalink] New post 24 Jun 2013, 22:47
two threads were merged together here that shouldn't have been.

Some people are answering based off of the subject "women delivered" while others off of "babies were born to"

that small difference completely changes the answer, please delink these two threads because it's very confusing.
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