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Inflation has made many Americans reevaluate their assumptions about the future; they still expect to live better than their parents have, but not so well as they once thought they could.
(A) they still expect to live better than their parents have
(B) they still expect to live better than their parents did
(C) they still expect to live better than their parents had
(D) still expecting to live better than their parents had
(E) still expecting to live better than did their parents
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09 Apr 2004, 09:37
I choose B.
This is a tough one. Only reason for B is the meaning. The sentence is an expectation for the future. "Did" implies that the parents will be dead by the time the children die, which is the typical cycle of life.
Won't be surprised to be wrong on this one.
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09 Apr 2004, 09:38
Agree with A. The semi-colon makes it clear that "they" would refer to the only subject(Americans) in the first half of the sentence. Next, I believe "have" is more appropriate since it means that Americans expect to live better than their parents have over a span of time. "did" and "had" refer to a specific point in time and when we talk about living, it should refer to a span of time and only "have" would be appropriate.
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09 Apr 2004, 09:49
I will go with B on this one.

The auxilary verb "have" after "parents" is incorrect because it would ellipse "done" or "been doing". Both of these are not parallel with "live"

The only thing "have" can ellipse to avoid grammatical error is "expected". If you replace this in the sentence it will make the sentence look akward. The same story is with "had expected"
Replacing these two will also change the meaning of the sentence.

The present americans expect to live better than their parents lived(or did) - Watch the tense agreement.
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09 Apr 2004, 10:50
When I first answered this question some time back, I chose A. But it seems the correct answer is B. Please refer to the link below:

http://www.sentencecorrection.com/forum ... wtopic=266

It contains a good explanation too.
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09 Apr 2004, 11:14
Yes, I agree with Anandnk's explanation and I read the link you gave aspire. Nice and sweet. This sure was a tough one.
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09 Apr 2004, 19:00
Official answer is B

This is indeed a tough one! I'm not sure I'll ever answer such questions
correctly in the test.

Thanks to aspire, Anand, and Jumbee for your explanations.
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