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As a result of medical advances, many people that might at one time

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New post 25 Jun 2018, 21:08
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I am still confused with "might have once died" and "might have at one time died" in the answer choices.
Is it not true that usage of "might" itself suggests that the occurrence is highly unlikely? If that is the case, then "might have once died" and "might have at one time died" both indicate events that were highly unlikely to occur.

Also, is "at one time" not equivalent to "once" ?

" many people who might at one time".

I can understand that "many people who might ONE TIME have died" is correct, because dying "one time" is nonsensical. But I cannot understand how dying AT ONE TIME is incorrect?


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Hi
GMATNinja, mike

I am still confused with "might have once died" and "might have at one time died" in the answer choices.
Is it not true that usage of "might" itself suggests that the occurrence is highly unlikely? If that is the case, then "might have once died" and "might have at one time died" both indicate events that were highly unlikely to occur.

"Might" just means that something is possible. If I say "it might rain today" or "I might eat eight burritos for dinner", I'm just saying that those things COULD happen. It definitely doesn't mean that they're "highly unlikely."

And it's a non-issue, anyway: "might" appears in all five answer choices, so it's not really relevant to figuring out which answer is correct.

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Also, is "at one time" not equivalent to "once" ?

" many people who might at one time".

I can understand that "many people who might ONE TIME have died" is correct, because dying "one time" is nonsensical. But I cannot understand how dying AT ONE TIME is incorrect?

Yes, "at one time" and "once" basically mean the same thing, as discussed in my post above. (Though I think you might be confusing "one time" and "at one time"?) If it helps, think of "at one time" as meaning "in a previous era."
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New post 18 Dec 2018, 23:10
a. Use of that is wrong
b.Concise and conveys the intended meaning
c. Same error as A
d. Modifier problem - incorrect placement of "childhood" which is supposed to modify "died"
e. Too wordy.
Hence, b is the answer.
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New post 16 Jul 2019, 01:35
"That" cannot refer to people.
So we are left with ACs B,D and E.

(D) who in childhood might have at one time died
>>> implies the people actually died when they were children.
The SC means to say the people who might have died of these infections are now alive because of the medical blah blah.

(E)As a result of medical advances, many people who, when they were children, might at one time have died
of such infections as diphtheria, pneumonia, or rheumatic fever now live well into old age.
>>> I think this AC changes the meaning of the SC as well.

B is left.

This could very well be a IIlism question.

As a result of medical advances, many people who might once have died in childhood
of such infections as diphtheria, pneumonia, or rheumatic fever now live well into old age.

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