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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
D. than there had been
E. than had been born

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New post 10 Feb 2009, 21:25
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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
D. than there had been
E. than had been born

Please explain your answers


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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reply2spg 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
D. than there had been
E. than had been born

Please explain your answers


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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New post 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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Another A - for parallelism

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