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# Even as they never forgave the Crusaders who overran their

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Even as they never forgave the Crusaders who overran their homeland, the Syrians have never absolved the French for taking territory from them.

(A) Even as they never forgave
(B) While they never forgave
(C) Just like they never forgave
(D) Similarly to not forgiving
(E) In spite of their never forgiving

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30 Apr 2008, 12:44
saravalli wrote:
Even as they never forgave the Crusaders who overran their homeland, the Syrians have never absolved the French for taking territory from them.

(A) Even as they never forgave
(B) While they never forgave
(C) Just like they never forgave
(D) Similarly to not forgiving
(E) In spite of their never forgiving

To make the sentence parallell, I would chose D.

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30 Apr 2008, 12:52
agrhhh!

I hate SC.

I need to stop thinking what sounds correct and only rule out sentences for errors. I originaly would have picked B because D doesn't sound correct.

But after looking at saravallie response I look back and see that if you start with while then you should imply the opposite.

ex. While they never forgave, they did absolve.

But now I think it's D.

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30 Apr 2008, 12:53
Even as they never forgave the Crusaders who overran their homeland, the Syrians have never absolved the French for taking territory from them.

(A) Even as they never forgave ( As ..so is used to give cause ,effect statements ,which is not the case here)
(B) While they never forgave (My choice)
(C) Just like they never forgave (Unidiomatic Just like )
(D) Similarly to not forgiving (|| issue )
(E) In spite of their never forgiving (awkward ,|| issue,no referrrent for their - possessive pronoun)

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30 Apr 2008, 16:13
A for me.

The key here is to understand what does "Even as" mean ?? Does it mean the same as "While" ? CDE are already grammatically incorrect.
Between A and B - B changes the meaning.
saravalli wrote:
Even as they never forgave the Crusaders who overran their homeland, the Syrians have never absolved the French for taking territory from them.

(A) Even as they never forgave

(B) While they never forgave
(C) Just like they never forgave
(D) Similarly to not forgiving
(E) In spite of their never forgiving

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11 May 2008, 09:13
How did I miss that arghhh
C is blatantly incorrect. So the best option is A, even though it sounds awkward.

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11 May 2008, 10:32
Even as they never forgave the Crusaders who overran their homeland, the Syrians have never absolved the French for taking territory from them.

(A) Even as they never forgave
(B) While they never forgave
(C) Just like they never forgave
(D) Similarly to not forgiving
(E) In spite of their never forgiving

(C) seems best... Similiarly looks wrong in D.. should be similiar.... In (B) the right meaning is not conveyed.

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11 May 2008, 20:21
saravalli wrote:
Even as they never forgave the Crusaders who overran their homeland, the Syrians have never absolved the French for taking territory from them.

(A) Even as they never forgave
(B) While they never forgave
(C) Just like they never forgave
(D) Similarly to not forgiving
(E) In spite of their never forgiving

Saravalli, you posted this more than 1 week ago, where did you go?

E
I choose E because E does not offer past simple of "forgave" that should be parallel to "have never abosoved"
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