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# For years, employees had seen what they pay toward health

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For years, employees had seen what they pay toward health care increases as companies ask them to contribute more for premiums and deductibles.

A. had seen what they pay toward health care increases as companies ask them to contribute more for premiums and deductibles

B. saw what they pay toward health care increased as companies ask them to contribute more to premiums and deductibles

C. have seen what they pay toward health care increase as companies ask them to contribute more to premiums and deductibles

D. have been seeing what they pay toward health care increases as companies asks it to contribute more to premiums and deductibles

E. have seen what they pay toward health care increasing as companies are asking them to contribute more to premiums and deductibles
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Had seen vs saw vs Have seen.
In A, there's no other past tense used that supports the use of "had".
In B, the tense in the rest of the sentence is the present tense.
In D, there's no need to use present perfect progressive.
In E, no need to use present progressive.

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For years, employees had seen what they pay toward health care increases as companies ask them to contribute more for premiums and deductibles.

A. had seen what they pay toward health care increases as companies ask them to contribute more for premiums and deductibles

B. saw what they pay toward health care increased as companies ask them to contribute more to premiums and deductibles

C. have seen what they pay toward health care increase as companies ask them to contribute more to premiums and deductibles

D. have been seeing what they pay toward health care increases as companies asks it to contribute more to premiums and deductibles

E. have seen what they pay toward health care increasing as companies are asking them to contribute more to premiums and deductibles
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Could not get idea behind Not using Present Progressive .
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22 Sep 2012, 00:34
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Could not get idea behind Not using Present Progressive .

Although [D] is also wrong because of incorrect pronoun - "as companies asks it to contribute" - where it is referred incorrectly to Employees.

Present Continous will not be correct here because of time marker - "For years" in the Non-underlined past.

For years - suggests that the event has been carried over from past and it is continued in Present also.

Progressive is about an event actually happening right now, but the event discussed has happened over a time gradually.
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22 Sep 2012, 00:57
“Have been seeing” is - present perfect continuous -; has seen is present perfect . Both are equally fitting in this case. In the given context the present perfect continuous “Have been seeing” is even better than the present perfect tense – have seen – But unfortunately, as some other member has pointed out, D, the choice that uses – have been seeing- indulges in a gross pronoun error.
Between C and E that use the next best – have seen - , E is wrong for using the gerund ‘increasing’ in the place of ‘increases’.
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