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According to a study published by Dr. Myrna Weissman, only one percent of Americans born before 1905 had suffered major depression by the age of seventy-five; of those born since 1955, six percent had become depressed by age twenty-four.

(A) only one percent of Americans born before 1905 had suffered major depression by the age of seventy-five; of those born since 1955, six percent had become depressed by age twenty-four

(B) only one percent of Americans born before 1905 suffer major depression by the age of seventy-five; if they are born since 1955, six percent become depressed by age twenty-four

(C) of Americans born before 1905, only one percent of them have suffered major depression by age seventy-five, but six percent of those born since 1955 do by the age of twenty-four

(D) major depression is suffered by the age of seventy-five by only one percent of Americans born before 1905, and by age twenty-four by the six percent born since 1955

(E) Americans born before 1905 suffer major depression by the age of seventy-five only one percent of the time, but six percent of those born since 1955 did so by age twenty-four

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Answer: D

(A) only one percent of Americans born before 1905 had suffered major depression by the age of seventy-five; of those born since 1955, six percent had become depressed by age twenty-four [ Of those born … modifies people not numbers – eliminate it]

(B) only one percent of Americans born before 1905 suffer major depression by the age of seventy-five; if they are born since 1955, six percent become depressed by age twenty-four [ Since implies continuation in present tense – are born since – awkward – eliminate it ]

(C) of Americans born before 1905, only one percent of them have suffered major depression by age seventy-five, but six percent of those born since 1955 do by the age of twenty-four [ore 1905, only one percent of them have suffered – makes the suffering in present tence – eliminate it ]

(D) major depression is suffered by the age of seventy-five by only one percent of Americans born before 1905, and by age twenty-four by the six percent born since 1955

(E) Americans born before 1905 suffer major depression by the age of seventy-five only one percent of the time, but six percent of those born since 1955 did so by age twenty-four

[ only one percent – is far of from the modifying phrase “Americans born before 1905” – eliminate it ]

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vksunder wrote:
According to a study published by Dr. Myrna Weissman, only one percent of Americans born before 1905 had suffered major depression by the age of seventy-five; of those born since 1955, six percent had become depressed by age twenty-four.

(A) only one percent of Americans born before 1905 had suffered major depression by the age of seventy-five; of those born since 1955, six percent had become depressed by age twenty-four

(B) only one percent of Americans born before 1905 suffer major depression by the age of seventy-five; if they are born since 1955, six percent become depressed by age twenty-four

(C) of Americans born before 1905, only one percent of them have suffered major depression by age seventy-five, but six percent of those born since 1955 do by the age of twenty-four

(D) major depression is suffered by the age of seventy-five by only one percent of Americans born before 1905, and by age twenty-four by the six percent born since 1955

(E) Americans born before 1905 suffer major depression by the age of seventy-five only one percent of the time, but six percent of those born since 1955 did so by age twenty-four


IMO A)


Please explain more about A. Option D also seems to be wrong as it stays in present tense and we are talking about past tense

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Both A and D seem to be ok. I have some doubt with D because sounds bad. On the other hand, in the frist part of A we have "major depresion", but in the second only depresion. I think that it is not a good comparison. I go with D. What is OA?

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OA = A.

However, I'm not convinced with the OA. This is definitely a poor question. Anyhow, the point that bothers me the most in A is that the second part of the sentence does not seem to be independent. I believe the use of pronoun THOSE makes it dependent on the sentence preceding the semicolon. What say guys?

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vksunder wrote:
OA = A.

However, I'm not convinced with the OA. This is definitely a poor question. Anyhow, the point that bothers me the most in A is that the second part of the sentence does not seem to be independent. I believe the use of pronoun THOSE makes it dependent on the sentence preceding the semicolon. What say guys?


A: That was one of my compelling reasons to eliminate A. But, “Of those” refers Americans.

D: Passive Voice

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New post 14 Aug 2008, 12:48
Also A uses past perfect. Is it required in this case?

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