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# One of four babies are now born to mothers aged thirty years

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One of four babies are now born to mothers aged thirty years or more, compared with just one of six born in 1975.

(A) of four babies are now born to mothers aged thirty years or more, compared with just one of six born
(B) of four babies is now born to a mother whose age is thirty or older, compared to just one of six babies who were born
(C) baby in four are now born to mothers aged thirty or older, compared to just one in six
(D) baby in four is now born to a mother aged thirty or older, compared with just one in six
(E) baby in four is now born to mothers aged thirty years or more, compared to just one in six

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17 Dec 2004, 09:18
(D)
compare with should be correct
one of 4 -> singular

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Re: GMAT Plus Book 2 Problem #11 [#permalink]

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18 Dec 2004, 14:17
One of four babies are now born to mothers aged thirty years or more, compared with just one of six born in 1975.

First impression: "One in four" would be better since we are talking about ratio here. "are"? "Compared with" seems wrong. Can't put my finger on why right now. A is probably wrong.

(B) of four babies is now born to a mother whose age is thirty or older, compared to just one of six babies who were born

"A mother" is incorrect. The statement is referring to more than one mother.

(C) baby in four are now born to mothers aged thirty or older, compared to just one in six

Ah ha, "compared to." This choice seems correct (although "one baby in four are" - shouldn't the verb be singular?

(D) baby in four is now born to a mother aged thirty or older, compared with just one in six

See my explanation of B.

(E) baby in four is now born to mothers aged thirty years or more, compared to just one in six

On second thought, it's should be "born to one mother." One baby cannot be born to several mothers.

I guess I would go with D) in the end. Sorry about the confusion.

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18 Dec 2004, 23:17
Both 'compared to' and 'compared with' are correct usages in general.

Here 'compared with' is appropriate as you are comparing the similarities/dissimilarities of two things.

'compared toc can be used for analogous things - 'His strength can be compared to the strength of Hercules'

'One of' is wrong, 'One in' is right

So D it is

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19 Apr 2010, 18:03
By POE directly we can identify D
Every other option has either baby or mothers or were

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Re: GMAT Plus Book 2 Problem #11 [#permalink]

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01 May 2010, 08:32
I dont catch this one.
Can anybody explain further?
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