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# The herbicide Oryzalin was still being produced in 1979,

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765. The herbicide Oryzalin was still being produced in 1979, three years after the wives of workers producing the chemical in Rensselaer, New York, were found to have borne children with heart defects or miscarriages, and none of their pregnancies was normal.

(A) to have borne children with heart defects or miscarriages, and none of their pregnancies was
(B) to have had children born with heart defects or miscarriages, and none of the pregnancies was
(C) either to have had children with heart defects or miscarriages, without any of their pregnancies being
(D) either to have had miscarriages or to have borne children with heart defects; none of the pregnancies was
(E) either to have had miscarriages or children born with heart defects, without any of their pregnancies being
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24 May 2007, 16:45
Himalayan wrote:
leeye84 wrote:
765. The herbicide Oryzalin was still being produced in 1979, three years after the wives of workers producing the chemical in Rensselaer, New York, were found to have borne children with heart defects or miscarriages, and none of their pregnancies was normal.

(A) to have borne children with heart defects or miscarriages, and none of their pregnancies was
(B) to have had children born with heart defects or miscarriages, and none of the pregnancies was
(C) either to have had children with heart defects or miscarriages, without any of their pregnancies being
(D) either to have had miscarriages or to have borne children with heart defects; none of the pregnancies was
(E) either to have had miscarriages or children born with heart defects, without any of their pregnancies being

D.

'none of the pregnancies was' --> None of X

I was taught by the MGMAT that if X is singular, use singular verb. If X is plural, use plural verb.

In this case, 'pregnancies' is plural. Shouldn't we use 'were' rather than 'was'?
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24 May 2007, 17:52
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The herbicide Oryzalin was still being produced in 1979, three years after the wives of workers producing the chemical in Rensselaer, New York, were found to have borne children with heart defects or miscarriages, and none of their pregnancies was normal.

(A) to have borne children with heart defects or miscarriages, and none of their pregnancies was children did not have miscarriages

(B) to have had children born with heart defects or miscarriages, and none of the pregnancies was same problem as A

(C) either to have had children with heart defects or miscarriages, without any of their pregnancies being same problem as A

(D) either to have had miscarriages or to have borne children with heart defects; none of the pregnancies was Best choice

(E) either to have had miscarriages or children born with heart defects, without any of their pregnancies being 'Being' in the end of the sentence is awkward and wrong
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24 May 2007, 19:51
(A) to have borne children with heart defects or miscarriages, and none of their pregnancies was - Children with miscarriages ???? + Verb Tense
(B) to have had children born with heart defects or miscarriages, and none of the pregnancies was – Children with miscarriages ???? + Verb Tense
(C) either to have had children with heart defects or miscarriages, without any of their pregnancies being – Children with miscarriages????
(D) either to have had miscarriages or to have borne children with heart defects; none of the pregnancies was
(E) either to have had miscarriages or children born with heart defects, without any of their pregnancies being

It is easy to eliminate A, B , C they all seem to say children either had heart defects or misscarriages.

Left with D & E

D - pregnancies was - The use of was is wrong here. We need to have a Subject Verb Agreement. Had there been were it would have been correct.

Hence E is the answer.
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25 May 2007, 06:51
vc019 wrote:
(A) to have borne children with heart defects or miscarriages, and none of their pregnancies was - Children with miscarriages ???? + Verb Tense
(B) to have had children born with heart defects or miscarriages, and none of the pregnancies was – Children with miscarriages ???? + Verb Tense
(C) either to have had children with heart defects or miscarriages, without any of their pregnancies being – Children with miscarriages????
(D) either to have had miscarriages or to have borne children with heart defects; none of the pregnancies was
(E) either to have had miscarriages or children born with heart defects, without any of their pregnancies being

It is easy to eliminate A, B , C they all seem to say children either had heart defects or misscarriages.

Left with D & E

D - pregnancies was - The use of was is wrong here. We need to have a Subject Verb Agreement. Had there been were it would have been correct.

Hence E is the answer.

Agree with this explanation. I also think it is E for the reasons stated above.
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25 May 2007, 08:26
Finally got one, been on a bad streak all day.

E.

Agree w. Leeye84's earlier statement. "None of X's were" not "None of X's was. So by seeing it needs to be were, you can eleminate A, B, D.

Now C and E, which look very similar. C seems to suggest (at least to me) that the Children had miscarriages.

E is a little wordy, but better than C.
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30 May 2007, 19:33
765. The herbicide Oryzalin was still being produced in 1979, three years after the wives of workers producing the chemical in Rensselaer, New York, were found to have borne children with heart defects or miscarriages, and none of their pregnancies was normal.

(A) to have borne children with heart defects or miscarriages, and none of their pregnancies was
(B) to have had children born with heart defects or miscarriages, and none of the pregnancies was
(C) either to have had children with heart defects or miscarriages, without any of their pregnancies being
(D) either to have had miscarriages or to have borne children with heart defects; none of the pregnancies was
(E) either to have had miscarriages or children born with heart defects, without any of their pregnancies being

Confused between D & E

My Initial Answer : E

wives have borne children with heart defects
or
wives had children born with heart defects => were the children gifted to them ??

My Final Answer : D
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31 May 2007, 22:38
leeye84 wrote:
The OA is D...

What is the OE?

@Victor

Can you explain a bit more.
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26 Feb 2018, 01:38
D seems to be the correct choice as it has the correct usage of either/or
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