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# Never before had taxpayers confronted so many changes at

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Never before had taxpayers confronted so many changes at once as they had in the Tax Reform Act of 1986.

(A) so many changes at once as they had in
(B) at once as many changes as
(C) at once as many changes that there were with
(D) as many changes at once as they confronted in
(E) so many changes at once that confronted them in
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"as many..as" is the correct idiom.

We also need the simple past (confronted or did) after we use the past perfect (had confronted). Using past perfect again at the end of the sentence is wrong, in Answer Choice A.

My ans is D
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except D all other choices have tense problem or change the intended meaning of the sentence.

D it is
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D as well.

Past perfect + simple

Never before had taxpayers confronted as many changes at once as they confronted in the Tax Reform Act of 1986.
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Never before had taxpayers confronted so many changes at once as they had in the Tax Reform Act of 1986.

(A) so many changes at once as they had in
(B) at once as many changes as
(C) at once as many changes that there were with
(D) as many changes at once as they confronted in
(E) so many changes at once that confronted them in

D!
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31 Dec 2006, 10:53
Never before had taxpayers confronted so many changes at once as they had in the Tax Reform Act of 1986.

(A) so many changes at once as they had in
(B) at once as many changes as
(C) at once as many changes that there were with
(D) as many changes at once as they confronted in
(E) so many changes at once that confronted them in

D!

So many as is unidiomatic!
31 Dec 2006, 10:53
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