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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: Massachusetts Babies [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2009, 07:08
A is the best choice for me.

B: 'than born' sounds awkward.
C: who were born? the women or the babies? not very clear.
D & E: just wrong.
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Re: Massachusetts Babies [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2009, 14:32
OA is A.
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Re: Massachusetts Babies [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2009, 14:44
i would go for B

D&E -- tense change --error

out of A,B,C -
option c - 'they' is ambiguous ....can refer to women ..changing meaning ....".......women over the age of thirty than they were under it.

out of A&B -
option A - lacks born req for ||el structure

hence option B
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Re: Massachusetts Babies [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2011, 10:38
could anybody further elaborate on what's wrong with B?
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