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According to United States census data, while there was about one-third of mothers with young children working outside the home in 1975, in 2000, almost two-thirds of those mothers were employed outside the home.

(A) while there was about one-third of mothers with young children working outside the home in 1975, in 2000, almost two-thirds of those mothers were employed outside the home- When a quantity word such as one-third refers to a countable noun such as mothers, a plural verb is required. Here, was (singular) does not agree with one-third of mothers (plural).

(B) there were about one-third of mothers with young children who worked outside the home in 1975; in 2000, almost two-thirds of those mothers were employed outside the home
- who worked seems to refer to young children, implying that YOUNG CHILDREN worked.
(C) in 1975 about one-third of mothers with young children worked outside the home; in 2000, almost two-thirds of such mothers were employed outside the home - Correct

(D) even though in 1975 there were about one-third of mothers with young children who worked outside the home, almost two-thirds of such mothers were employed outside the home in 2000 - who worked seems to refer to young children, implying that YOUNG CHILDREN worked.

(E) with about one-third of mothers with young children working outside the home in 1975, almost two-thirds of such mothers were employed outside the home in 2000 - Here, the implication is that mothers IN 2000 were employed WITH mothers working IN 1975 -- a nonsensical meaning

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Thanks for the explanation.

Regarding D

(D) even though in 1975 there were about one-third of mothers with young children who worked outside the home, almost two-thirds of such mothers were employed outside the home in 2000 - who worked seems to refer to young children, implying that YOUNG CHILDREN worked.

Modifiers use the jump rule over prep phrases, can this be one example of the same?

one-third of mothers with young children who worked out.... --- who refers to mothers.

or is the jump rule true only when a ,modifier comes in place...

Please explain

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According to United States census data, while there was about one-third of mothers with young children working outside the home in 1975, in 2000, almost two-thirds of those mothers were employed outside the home.

(A) while there was about one-third of mothers with young children working outside the home in 1975, in 2000, almost two-thirds of those mothers were employed outside the home- When a quantity word such as one-third refers to a countable noun such as mothers, a plural verb is required. Here, was (singular) does not agree with one-third of mothers (plural).

(B) there were about one-third of mothers with young children who worked outside the home in 1975; in 2000, almost two-thirds of those mothers were employed outside the home
- who worked seems to refer to young children, implying that YOUNG CHILDREN worked.
(C) in 1975 about one-third of mothers with young children worked outside the home; in 2000, almost two-thirds of such mothers were employed outside the home - Correct

(D) even though in 1975 there were about one-third of mothers with young children who worked outside the home, almost two-thirds of such mothers were employed outside the home in 2000 - who worked seems to refer to young children, implying that YOUNG CHILDREN worked.

(E) with about one-third of mothers with young children working outside the home in 1975, almost two-thirds of such mothers were employed outside the home in 2000 - Here, the implication is that mothers IN 2000 were employed WITH mothers working IN 1975 -- a nonsensical meaning

Answer C

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Thanks for the explanation.

Regarding D

(D) even though in 1975 there were about one-third of mothers with young children who worked outside the home, almost two-thirds of such mothers were employed outside the home in 2000 - who worked seems to refer to young children, implying that YOUNG CHILDREN worked.

Modifiers use the jump rule over prep phrases, can this be one example of the same?

one-third of mothers with young children who worked out.... --- who refers to mothers.

or is the jump rule true only when a ,modifier comes in place...

Please explain

Skywalker18 wrote:
According to United States census data, while there was about one-third of mothers with young children working outside the home in 1975, in 2000, almost two-thirds of those mothers were employed outside the home.

(A) while there was about one-third of mothers with young children working outside the home in 1975, in 2000, almost two-thirds of those mothers were employed outside the home- When a quantity word such as one-third refers to a countable noun such as mothers, a plural verb is required. Here, was (singular) does not agree with one-third of mothers (plural).

(B) there were about one-third of mothers with young children who worked outside the home in 1975; in 2000, almost two-thirds of those mothers were employed outside the home
- who worked seems to refer to young children, implying that YOUNG CHILDREN worked.
(C) in 1975 about one-third of mothers with young children worked outside the home; in 2000, almost two-thirds of such mothers were employed outside the home - Correct

(D) even though in 1975 there were about one-third of mothers with young children who worked outside the home, almost two-thirds of such mothers were employed outside the home in 2000 - who worked seems to refer to young children, implying that YOUNG CHILDREN worked.

(E) with about one-third of mothers with young children working outside the home in 1975, almost two-thirds of such mothers were employed outside the home in 2000 - Here, the implication is that mothers IN 2000 were employed WITH mothers working IN 1975 -- a nonsensical meaning

Answer C


My apologies but I'm not sure what this magic jump over rule you are implying here. (In general, it's not a good idea to do SC based on rules)

one-third of mothers with young children who worked out. Here the who can refer to BOTH children and mother...and therefore is ambiguous grammatically. In context, it's also perfectly sensible (but outrageous) that young children can work, so it is also ambiguous in CONTEXT.

The OA doesn't have this ambiguity, thus it's the correct answer.

While I'm here, I'd also point out that "those" can refer to mothers in the previous phrase. Here "those" has the same function as "that" in a comparison.
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adkikani, "while" would be one way to join the two clauses. A semicolon is another. It's true that the semicolon doesn't draw our attention to the contrast the way "while" does, but there's no requirement that we draw that contrast. The reader can be left to see the contrast on their own. Remember that A has no monopoly on correct meaning, so any sentence that works can be the right answer, even if it says something a bit different in meaning or emphasis from what we read in A.
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