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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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10 Jun 2009, 01:00
tenaman10 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

My answer is C as it correctly does the comparison.Let us know the OA.
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10 Jun 2009, 01:09
I'll also vote for C.
A and B are out, since these options are splitting the statement into 2 related statement.
D and E sounds awkward.
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10 Jun 2009, 01:09
tenaman10 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
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IMO A
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10 Jun 2009, 05:14
tenaman10 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 C. I think correct parallelism is used here..
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10 Jun 2009, 07:24
IMO C

Not sure whether A correctly uses the ; or not...
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10 Jun 2009, 12:16
I choose A. The semicolon (;) is normally used to connect two related clauses. Because the two clauses are indeed related, using a semicolon would be appropriate.

Also, it is appropriate to use the past participle to indicate a completed action in the past before the given year, which was also in the past.

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11 Jun 2009, 02:29
Option c will be correct, if we are comparing two things. The use of 'but' connects and creates a contrast. I feel there is no need to have a contrast here.

However, Option A uses ';', which needn't create a contrast.

Another flaw that I noticed in Option c is here

"of Americans born before 1905, only one percent of them have suffered major "

If we are using 'of Americans' then we needn't use the pronoun 'them' again, it sort of creates a redundancy

the correct usage would be "of Americans born before 1905, only one percent have suffered major"

I hope this will help us to elimiate option C.
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11 Jun 2009, 06:59
IMO C.

A isnt correct coz it uses past perfect in its 2nd sectence,where, Present perfect wud hv been gd, as the activity still continues.

D ppl who r born after 1955, 6% of dem still turn out to suffer from depression, derfore past perfect is wrong.

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11 Jun 2009, 08:07
tenaman10, eagerly waiting for correct answer !!
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11 Jun 2009, 09:23
I will choose C because of the parallel structure:
by the age of seventy-five... by the age of twenty-four
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11 Jun 2009, 09:37
Didn't realize this is all over the internet.

OA is A
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11 Jun 2009, 09:44
tarek99 wrote:
I choose A. The semicolon (;) is normally used to connect two related clauses. Because the two clauses are indeed related, using a semicolon would be appropriate.

Also, it is appropriate to use the past participle to indicate a completed action in the past before the given year, which was also in the past.

That's perfectly correct. 'A' for me too.
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