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It seems as if just yesterday that we were in the Bahamas swimming

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It seems as if just yesterday that we were in the Bahamas swimming with the sharks.

A. It seems as if just yesterday that we were

B. It seems as if just yesterday we were

C. It seems like we were just yesterday

D. It seems as if just yesterday when we were

E. It seems like just yesterday when we were


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what's wrong with E can anyone explain ? please !!!
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what's wrong with E can anyone explain ? please !!!


What exactly is the meaning of E? What does "It seems like just yesterday" convey?

Possibly "Today seems like yesterday" would make some sense.

Does "Today seems like just yesterday" make sense?

The presence of the word "just" is a clue that the point of this sentence is not to compare something to "yesterday".

Lets' contrast E with the OA.

Sentence Created Via Using The OA: It seems as if just yesterday we were in the Bahamas swimming with the sharks.

Sentence Created Via Using E: It seems like just yesterday when we were in the Bahamas swimming with the sharks.

While initially the version created by using E sounds ok, there are two noticeable differences between E and the OA, the use of "like" rather than "as if" and the addition of "when".

The version created by using the OA conveys that even though we were not swimming with the sharks just yesterday, its seems as if we were.

While "it seems as if" is a colloquial expression, it does convey the correct meaning.

On the other hand, "it seem's like" is not correct. "like" is used for comparing two things. "This dog is like a cat." "My hair looks like a mop"

"as if" is used to show a relationship between two subject verb combinations.

"He acts as if he knows where the treasure is hidden." - He acts (subject verb) AS IF he knows (subject verb)

"Antonia talks as if she were a comedienne." Antonia talks (subject verb) AS IF she were (subject verb)

The point of the sentence in the question is not that "It" seems LIKE "just yesterday".

The point is that "It seems as if just yesterday we were in the Bahamas." It seems (subject verb) AS IF we were (subject verb).

Once you realize that that is intended meaning, you see that the addition of "when" does not make sense either.

Conveying the intended meaning does not require "yesterday, when we were in the Bahamas" but rather "yesterday we were in the Bahamas".

It seems as if just yesterday we were in the Bahamas swimming with the sharks.
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"As if" or "as though" should be followed by a clause that indicates a hypothetical event (an event that never happened). "As if" or "as though" cannot be followed by a noun / noun phrase. Because of this reason A and D can be eliminated.

"Like" is used to compare two noun / noun phrases. Option E is wrong because a clause is wrongly compared with a noun. Option C is wrong because two clauses are compared using "like".

B is the correct answer. A more detailed analysis has already been given above by MartyMurray.
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