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After the Colonial period’s 50 percent mortality rate, life expectancy improved for children, but as late as the nineteenth century about one child in three died before reaching the age of six.

(A) After the Colonial period’s 50 percent mortality rate, life expectancy improved for children, but

(B) Even though children’s life expectancy, which improved over the Colonial period’s 50 percent mortality rate,

(C) Although life expectancy for children improved after the Colonial period, during which the mortality rate was 50 percent,

(D) While there was an improvement in life expectancy for children after the 50 percent mortality rate of the Colonial period, still

(E) Despite children’s life expectancy improvement from the Colonial period’s 50 percent mortality rate,
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New post 27 Jun 2010, 21:23
Ok I figured out that mortality rate cannot be of the Colonial Period. But in C ,
Although X [happened], Y [happened].
Is died correct in Y? Starting Y with as late as seems incorrect. Also, for X and Y to be parallel, it should be death or death rate in Y for it to be parallel with life expectancy in X. Any thoughts?

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Ok I figured out that mortality rate cannot be of the Colonial Period. But in C ,
Although X [happened], Y [happened].
Is died correct in Y? Starting Y with as late as seems incorrect. Also, for X and Y to be parallel, it should be death or death rate in Y for it to be parallel with life expectancy in X. Any thoughts?



Although X, Y
X and Y just needs to be clauses in order to be parallel. Since although is a subordinate coordinator, X is the dependent clause and Y is the independent clause.


You're mixing up comparison words w/ subordinators... when you use comparisons (e.g., like, as), then you have to maintain a logical paralleism (i.e., comparing apples to apples).
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New post 28 Jun 2010, 08:35
One quick question to GT, as we know words like although, even though changes the initial meaning of the sentence at some point , should we always expect "but" in the sentence. For eg, "Although she was unwell, but she managed to score high in GMAT"
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After the Colonial period’s 50 percent mortality rate, life expectancy improved for children, but as late as the nineteenth century about one child in three died before reaching the age of six.

(A) After the Colonial period’s 50 percent mortality rate, life expectancy improved for children, but
(B) Even though children’s life expectancy, which improved over the Colonial period’s 50 percent mortality rate,
(C) Although life expectancy for children improved after the Colonial period, during which the mortality rate was 50 percent,
(D) While there was an improvement in life expectancy for children after the 50 percent mortality rate of the Colonial period, still
(E) Despite children’s life expectancy improvement from the Colonial period’s 50 percent mortality rate,


In option C, i think 'which ' is not properly used.Am i right?


during which links with Colonial period.Hence its correct.

C is the only one with correct structure.
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(A) After the Colonial period’s 50 percent mortality rate, life expectancy improved for children, but --- Colonial period’s 50 percent mortality rate – gives an impression that it is a fixed and branded mortality rate. Very unidiomatic

(B) Even though children’s life expectancy, which improved over the Colonial period’s 50 percent mortality rate, ----- same objection to A

(C) Although life expectancy for children improved after the Colonial period, during which the mortality rate was 50 percent, --- correct choice

(D) While there was an improvement in life expectancy for children after the 50 percent mortality rate of the Colonial period, still --- use of still after using while is redundant;

(E) Despite children’s life expectancy improvement from the Colonial period’s 50 percent mortality rate, ----1. Life expectancy improvement is inelegant. 2. Colonial period’s 50 percent mortality rate is unidiomatic

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IMO C - but hunch mostly. Would be happy to get the official explanation if possible.

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(A) After the Colonial period’s 50 percent mortality rate, life expectancy improved for children, but --- Colonial period’s 50 percent mortality rate – gives an impression that it is a fixed and branded mortality rate. Very unidiomatic

(B) Even though children’s life expectancy, which improved over the Colonial period’s 50 percent mortality rate, ----- same objection to A

(C) Although life expectancy for children improved after the Colonial period, during which the mortality rate was 50 percent, --- correct choice

(D) While there was an improvement in life expectancy for children after the 50 percent mortality rate of the Colonial period, still --- use of still after using while is redundant;

(E) Despite children’s life expectancy improvement from the Colonial period’s 50 percent mortality rate, ----1. Life expectancy improvement is inelegant. 2. Colonial period’s 50 percent mortality rate is unidiomatic

But,why doesn't the sentence when read as a whole doesn't sound good to the ear? When 'although' is used don't we need a contrasting element?

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I think answer should be A.Any reason why A could be wrong.
"After the Colonial period’s 50 percent mortality rate, life expectancy improved for children," can this not be considered an independent clause

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After the Colonial period’s 50 percent mortality rate, life expectancy improved for children, but as late as the nineteenth century about one child in three died before reaching the age of six.
(A) After the Colonial period’s 50 percent mortality rate, life expectancy improved for children, but
(B) Even though children’s life expectancy, which improved over the Colonial period’s 50 percent mortality rate,
(C) Although life expectancy for children improved after the Colonial period, during which the mortality rate was 50 percent,
(D) While there was an improvement in life expectancy for children after the 50 percent mortality rate of the Colonial period, still
(E) Despite children’s life expectancy improvement from the Colonial period’s 50 percent mortality rate,


My Pick A

Reasoning as follows :

A) Looks Ok to me,
B) which in this supposed to modify children not life expectancy
c) Look second most correct to me, I did not choose because of Although X, Y construction which is not maintained in this sentence
d) While can not be used, while is used for showing 2 events which occured simultaneously
E) Sounds awkward

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I think this is from the 1000SC blog.OA is C.
I am unable to understand why though.
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I think this is from the 1000SC blog.OA is C.
I am unable to understand why though.
Anyone with an explanation?


GMAT doesn't like Possessive pronouns used for anything other than things that the noun actually posses.
(A) After the Colonial period’s 50 percent mortality rate, life expectancy improved for children, but

Colonial period doesn't really posses the mortality rate, it is a fact which was true during the Colonial period.

Choice C correctly states that during the colonial period the child mortality rate was 50 percent.
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Thanks Prasun!
That does explain it.I'll keep that in mind(the possessive part).

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New post 06 Oct 2014, 03:09
Another reason why C is correct and not A is that we are evaluating a comparison here. The word "After" in A does not introduce this comparison.

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