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# According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts

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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. that they were
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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. that they were

Please give explanations to support your choices. OA will be posted soon.

more women over X than under it.

the sentence is comparing the age of women and not the age of babies born, so rule out B and E.
C and D - ruled out because of lack of parallelism. - more women over X than "they were"/"than there had been" is incorrect..

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08 Jul 2007, 11:35
asaf wrote:
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 (to women) under it.

A.

I selected A by POE, but this makes it clearer!

OA is A.

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17 Sep 2007, 23:08
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
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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

under it = under the age (of thirty)

if you replace each answer choice, only A would make sense.

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A. than
B. than born
C. than they were

This is tough one – twister. So, one way to resolve is to flip the sentence and check which one makes sense.

A: According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts became the first state in which more women over the age of thirty delivered babies than under age of thirty.[Hold it]

B: According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts became the first state in which more women over the age of thirty delivered babies than born under age of thirty.[This makes invalid – eliminate it]

C: According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts became the first state in which more women over the age of thirty delivered babies than they were under age of thirty.[Same women delivered over age thirty and under thirty – changes the meaning of the sentence – eliminate it]

D: According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts became the first state in which more women over the age of thirty delivered babies than there had been under age of thirty.[Implies women were delivering babies – eliminate it]

E: According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts became the first state in which more women over the age of thirty delivered babies than had been under age of thirty.[Does not make sense – eliminate it]

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10 Feb 2008, 21:41
hanumayamma wrote:
A. than
B. than born
C. than they were

This is tough one – twister. So, one way to resolve is to flip the sentence and check which one makes sense.

A: According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts became the first state in which more women over the age of thirty delivered babies than under age of thirty.[Hold it]

B: According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts became the first state in which more women over the age of thirty delivered babies than born under age of thirty.[This makes invalid – eliminate it]

C: According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts became the first state in which more women over the age of thirty delivered babies than they were under age of thirty.[Same women delivered over age thirty and under thirty – changes the meaning of the sentence – eliminate it]

D: According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts became the first state in which more women over the age of thirty delivered babies than there had been under age of thirty.[Implies women were delivering babies – eliminate it]

E: According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts became the first state in which more women over the age of thirty delivered babies than had been under age of thirty.[Does not make sense – eliminate it]

I agree with your reasoning but OA is E and I don't catch why...source GMATPrep set 13

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10 Apr 2008, 09:30
I still don't get this one. Obviously, it falls under the comparison and parallelism categories, but it's so complex, and I just don't agree with E as the OA

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10 Apr 2008, 10:13
E doesn't make sense at all. Explaination anyone ?

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14 Aug 2008, 14:07
Guys,

This question is a part of Brutal SC. The OA is A. You are right.

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25 Aug 2009, 16:48
Toughie!!Could somebody explain when and how do we know that a sentence has to be overturned in this way to fnd the correct ans.?
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28 Sep 2009, 04:57
I just came across this on my GMAT prep and selected E as well. Can anyone offer an explanation to this question?

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28 Sep 2009, 23:06
IMO A, E looks wrong, had been is used in past progressive, and there is nothing like that, , what u think?

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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 [babies] had been born under it

By introducing the verb, the meaning of the sentence changes, saying that more babies were born under the age of thirty. This doesn't make any sense.

Option A, relies on the ellipsis to make the right comparison

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 [babies were born to women] under it [age of thirty]

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30 Sep 2009, 08:39
Leopard wrote:
Guys,

This question is a part of Brutal SC. The OA is A. You are right.

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Wat are Brutal Sc Questions are they Considered Hard plz reply

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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 were born to women under the age of 30

it=the age of 30
were born to women can be ellipsed

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hanumayamma wrote:
A. than
B. than born
C. than they were

This is tough one – twister. So, one way to resolve is to flip the sentence and check which one makes sense.

A: According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts became the first state in which more women over the age of thirty delivered babies than under age of thirty.[Hold it]

B: According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts became the first state in which more women over the age of thirty delivered babies than born under age of thirty.[This makes invalid – eliminate it]

C: According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts became the first state in which more women over the age of thirty delivered babies than they were under age of thirty.[Same women delivered over age thirty and under thirty – changes the meaning of the sentence – eliminate it]

D: According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts became the first state in which more women over the age of thirty delivered babies than there had been under age of thirty.[Implies women were delivering babies – eliminate it]

E: According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts became the first state in which more women over the age of thirty delivered babies than had been under age of thirty.[Does not make sense – eliminate it]

How do you form this kind of a sentence by flipping...can someone explain in detail??? PLEASE DONT JUST POST VOTE AND EXPLAIN IN DETAIL

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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 (to women) under it.

A.

Can someone please tell me if my reasoning is correct???

After 'than' you see 'under': look back in the sentence whats the opposite of 'under' its 'over'…. So what comes after over in the original sentence …it is ' to women' ….so read sentence by putting (to women ) in brackets after than and before under…. You will see option A is correct…

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