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11 Jul 2004, 12:08
The herbicide Oryzalin was still being produced in 1979, three years after the wives of workers producing the chemical in Rensselaer, New York, were found to have borne children with heart defects or miscarriages, and none of their pregnancies was normal.

(A) to have borne children with heart defects or miscarriages, and none of their pregnancies was
(B) to have had children born with heart defects or miscarriages, and none of the pregnancies was
(C) either to have had children with heart defects or miscarriages, without any of their pregnancies being
(D) either to have had miscarriages or to have borne children with heart defects; none of the pregnancies was
(E) either to have had miscarriages or children born with heart defects, without any of their pregnancies being

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11 Jul 2004, 14:50
D is best. 2 min
A and B are out because it sounds as if the children also had miscarriages
C and E are out because it misplaces "either". It should have been "to have either X or Y" or "either to have X or to have Y"
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11 Jul 2004, 16:41
D for me as well 1.5 mins
A and B doesnt make sense
D is parallel
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12 Jul 2004, 03:47
(D) 1:43

(A) (B) (C).. awkward meaning.
(D) Parallel Construction.
(E) Not parallel
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12 Jul 2004, 05:03
D for m,e

the tense paralleism is good and also the (;) makes it more clear ...

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12 Jul 2004, 05:37
D is best!
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12 Jul 2004, 05:45
It is D.

A, B - "bear children with miscarriages" bad implications.
C, E - missing proper parallel usage of "either .. or"
D - parallel, justifiedly seprated use of "miscarriages ... children with heart defects". Correct.

vivek_dj wrote:
The herbicide Oryzalin was still being produced in 1979, three years after the wives of workers producing the chemical in Rensselaer, New York, were found to have borne children with heart defects or miscarriages, and none of their pregnancies was normal.

(A) to have borne children with heart defects or miscarriages, and none of their pregnancies was
(B) to have had children born with heart defects or miscarriages, and none of the pregnancies was
(C) either to have had children with heart defects or miscarriages, without any of their pregnancies being
(D) either to have had miscarriages or to have borne children with heart defects; none of the pregnancies was
(E) either to have had miscarriages or children born with heart defects, without any of their pregnancies being

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12 Jul 2004, 14:26
vivek_dj wrote:
The herbicide Oryzalin was still being produced in 1979, three years after the wives of workers producing the chemical in Rensselaer, New York, were found to have borne children with heart defects or miscarriages, and none of their pregnancies was normal.
Vivek.

(A) to have borne children with heart defects or miscarriages, and none of their pregnancies was

their refers to what/who? too many problems ...

(B) to have had children born with heart defects or miscarriages, and none of the pregnancies was

children with miscarriages??? wrong..

(C) either to have had children with heart defects or miscarriages, without any of their pregnancies being

so wrong..pararlelism issue again plus sounds like children had miscariages as pointed out previously

(D) either to have had miscarriages or to have borne children with heart defects; none of the pregnancies was

Correct.

(E) either to have had miscarriages or children born with heart defects, without any of their pregnancies being

not parallel, along with other issues
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13 Jul 2004, 06:22
you guys are right...the answer is D.

Thanks for the explanations.

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