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05 Oct 2010, 19:45
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This question was posted before but I have some doubts about it:

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

Why not this option (look the spoiler)?
[Reveal] Spoiler:
E

According to the other post: "one legacy" is a noun, it should be followed with "realization...", which is also a noun. It would be incorrect to say "One legacy ... is to realize.....".
If that is true, "realizing" in E would be correct too. In that option, "realizing" is working as a noun (a gerund).

Finally, it seems that the rule which states that a noun should be followed by a noun is not correct. There are other examples in which a noun is followed by TO + VERB. For example: "...one goal is TO DEVELOP".

I think that in this question you have to use your ear rather than your grammar knowledge.
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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06 Oct 2010, 12:19
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

Let me give you my idea why E cant be chosen... basically you are right that if we term realizing as noun.. then E becomes contender.

But, if you see the way the sentence is structured here.. if you read the sentence with choice E, it may create an ambiguity of percepting the word realizing as present continuous form of realize and can create ambiguity.

Other then that i don't see any concrete reason for the same... but i am sure those who are masters of SC can spot something more then this
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01 Nov 2010, 13:30
metallicafan wrote:
This question was posted before but I have some doubts about it:

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

Why not this option (look the spoiler)?
[Reveal] Spoiler:
E

According to the other post: "one legacy" is a noun, it should be followed with "realization...", which is also a noun. It would be incorrect to say "One legacy ... is to realize.....".
If that is true, "realizing" in E would be correct too. In that option, "realizing" is working as a noun (a gerund).

Finally, it seems that the rule which states that a noun should be followed by a noun is not correct. There are other examples in which a noun is followed by TO + VERB. For example: "...one goal is TO DEVELOP".

I think that in this question you have to use your ear rather than your grammar knowledge.

Realization is an idea noun and it lends itself perfectly well to "that clause". Are you aware of the V-A-N principle? When you select a that-clause you are actually making the sentence stronger.
Secondly, gerund is not appropriate in this context because gerunds usually take the tense of the main verb and in this case it means an ongoing action which is not actually the case. Stay away from gerunds and progressive tenses when the use of present tense will suffice

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01 Nov 2010, 22:57
shekharvineet wrote:
metallicafan wrote:
This question was posted before but I have some doubts about it:

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

Why not this option (look the spoiler)?
[Reveal] Spoiler:
E

According to the other post: "one legacy" is a noun, it should be followed with "realization...", which is also a noun. It would be incorrect to say "One legacy ... is to realize.....".
If that is true, "realizing" in E would be correct too. In that option, "realizing" is working as a noun (a gerund).

Finally, it seems that the rule which states that a noun should be followed by a noun is not correct. There are other examples in which a noun is followed by TO + VERB. For example: "...one goal is TO DEVELOP".

I think that in this question you have to use your ear rather than your grammar knowledge.

Realization is an idea noun and it lends itself perfectly well to "that clause". Are you aware of the V-A-N principle? When you select a that-clause you are actually making the sentence stronger.
Secondly, gerund is not appropriate in this context because gerunds usually take the tense of the main verb and in this case it means an ongoing action which is not actually the case. Stay away from gerunds and progressive tenses when the use of present tense will suffice

Basic question :

'their' is singular or plural ? concerns - singular verb so 'their' is referring to singular subject people ?

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01 Nov 2010, 23:46
B.

E is incorrect because 'is realizing' is a present progressive form.

You can make a case that 'realizing~' is a gerund used as a noun, but it is unclear.

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