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According to public health officials, in 1998 Massachusetts

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37. 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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01 Sep 2007, 11:51
jamesrwrightiii wrote:
37. 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

I would go with B.

since the passage compares the number of babies born to women under different ages.

...became the first state in which more babies were born to women over the age of thirty than born under it.

clearly it does not compare the women over 30 and under

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01 Sep 2007, 12:08
I agree with your answer..according to the Brutal SC Key, it's A?
I don't agree...

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01 Sep 2007, 14:13
jamesrwrightiii wrote:
37. 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

I got A.

It comes down to B and A for me, but B is wrong because if you make the sentence parallel, you get:

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.

If you place "born" in the bracket, it doesn't make sense.

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01 Sep 2007, 14:24
I got A as well. My reasoning was the same as bkk145.

Tough SC though. Took me a while.

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