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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. than they were

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10 Feb 2009, 21:25
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

A for parallelism

more babies were born to women over the age of thirty than <woman>under it (the age of thirty)

All other voilates parallelism.
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10 Feb 2009, 22:02
x2suresh 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 under it.

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

A for parallelism

more babies were born to women over the age of thirty than <woman>under it (the age of thirty)

All other voilates parallelism.

Agree with A, filling in the missing words helps

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11 Feb 2009, 13:26
Hi mates,

IMO A

it's the only one that doesn't lead to an error. I mean, the underlined part must relate to women, therefore:

B out: born is related to babies
C out: wordy: what's the reference of "they"?
D out: don't follow the //ism: past perfect and pasive voice
E out: wordy

OA and Source?

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12 Feb 2009, 09:08
Another A - for parallelism

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