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121. As a result of medical advances, many people that might at one time have died as children of such infections as diphtheria, pneumonia, or rheumatic fever now live well into old age.
(A) that might at one time have died as children
(B) who might once have died in childhood
(C) that as children might once have died
(D) who in childhood might have at one time died
(E) who, when they were children, might at one time have died


I am confused between B and D

B sounds very incorrect to me
"Who might once have died in childhood"
here once sounds to be emphasizing once, twice, thrice thing ....
at one time sounds better in such a situation what do you say guys
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Re: practice q# 12 [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2012, 08:19
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121. As a result of medical advances, many people that might at one time have died as children of such infections as diphtheria, pneumonia, or rheumatic fever now live well into old age.
(A) that might at one time have died as children
(B) who might once have died in childhood
(C) that as children might once have died
(D) who in childhood might have at one time died
(E) who, when they were children, might at one time have died


I am confused between B and D

B sounds very incorrect to me
"Who might once have died in childhood"
here once sounds to be emphasizing once, twice, thrice thing ....
at one time sounds better in such a situation what do you say guys

yeah, i agree with you, though it looks funny to use the sentence the way it has been used in B, but if you see closely in other options, it actually is conveying the same meaning. the best construction( IMO) would have been...
people who might have died in childhood of such.....
but among B and D
b conveys the meaning with brevity..
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121. As a result of medical advances, many people that might at one time have died as children of such infections as diphtheria, pneumonia, or rheumatic fever now live well into old age.
(A) that might at one time have died as children
(B) who might once have died in childhood
(C) that as children might once have died
(D) who in childhood might have at one time died
(E) who, when they were children, might at one time have died


I am confused between B and D

B sounds very incorrect to me
"Who might once have died in childhood"
here once sounds to be emphasizing once, twice, thrice thing ....
at one time sounds better in such a situation what do you say guys



These are types of questions the GMAT is moving more towards - one of meaning. Usually you'll be down to 2 answer choices - here B and D and the difference may come to a small technicality or in meaning.

With D - the "one time" if you read closely refers to one time during the childhood period.
For B - the "once" refers to one time in history, something may have happened in a person's childhood.

There is a slight nuance here that is significant. With D, it's a time during the childhood where something happened - death. Now it doesn't make sense here because if there was death, then there was no stage after childhood.

If the sentence said - many people who in childhood might have at one time gotten chicken pox - it would be valid. However, we are using death instead and it just doesn't make sense in this context.

B doesn't have this confusion. One may have died in childhood...when? At one time or moment in history. He is not dying at one time IN his childhood. He is dying as a child at one time IN the timeline of history.

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Re: practice q# 12 [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2012, 17:36
+1 for B.

who vs that => that cannot be used for people => A and C out.
D and E are incorrect because they seem to suggest that people died once in childhood, then....

B wins.

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Re: practice q# 12 [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2012, 23:35
like the previous post said who vs. that narrows it down to B and D.
Between B and D is a classic meaning debate but the difference is pretty clear!

In analyzing B and D, I deleted some words to emphasize the focus.

(B) who might once have died
In B, focus on died. So, sounds correct. Once refers to some point in time.

(D) who might have at one time died
In D, focus is on "at one time died". At one time is ambiguous. Why? Because it could either mean "a particular time" so he couldn't have died twice or at two different times or it could mean at once upon a time as in B.

The other aspect is that once is more concise than at one time.
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Re: practice q# 12 [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2012, 04:50
i also marked D

But Correct answer is B as once and now Both are adverbs & parallel.
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Re: practice q# 12 [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2012, 20:09
Now,

don't you think D has a proper usage of 'Died of diseases' instead of B which says - 'Died in childhood of diseases'????????????????

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Re: practice q# 12 [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2012, 02:57
will go for B rest are quite confusing
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Re: As a result of medical advances, many people that might at [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2012, 03:31
D makes it sound as if the children were all about to die at the same time, so it is B.
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