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Today I came across an easy, but a very good question.

One legacy of Madison Avenue's recent campaign to appeal to people fifty years old and over is the realization that as a person ages, their concerns change as well.
A. the realization that as a person ages, their
B. the realization that as people age, their
C. to realize that when a person ages, his or her
D. to realize that when people age, their
E. realizing that as people age, their

I really liked the question and specially the takeaway (probably a lesser used), which can be applied to other eligible questions to quickly eliminate the incorrect options.

so, here is the takeaway:

Noun + to be[am/is/are/was/were/be/been/being] + noun/adjective

legacy is a noun, so it can be matched only with a noun. so, as per this rule, legacy cannot be matched to "to realize" or "realizing". straightaway eliminate C,D,E. These options contain other flaws[usage of when is inappropriate) as well.

consider a simple example:
The change was good for me correct noun+was+adjective
The change was when I started preparing for GMAT. incorrect
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22 Jan 2013, 09:19
Very nice point made here. It is helpful to think about how to simplify some of the sentence you come across on this exam. Thanks for the explanation.
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22 Jan 2013, 23:26
you can also refer one more related post:
http://gmatclub.com/forum/one-more-form-of-parallelism-146039.html
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Actually "to realize" (infinitive) is acting as a "noun" here. Perhaps following correct example would be easy to associate with:

His intention is to succeed.

In fact, the case with "realizing" is also not as simple, because there are quite a few sentences in OG where "-ing" form of the verb ("realizing" in this case) acts as a noun ("-ing" form of the verb that act as Nouns are called "Gerunds").
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09 Jan 2014, 00:54
Hi,

I resolve this one but using this process:

- We have as in the second par of the sentence, therefore we need as in the fist one. ==> As X become older, his bank account changes as well. ==> C and D are out

- E is out because gerund is wrong here

-A is out because there is a singular and we need a plural (a person ==> their)

Therefore, it is B.

Am i correct here?
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