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# Some parents have a very difficult time coming to grips with

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172.Some parents have a very difficult time coming to grips with the fact that their offspring have become adults; consequently, they see their children as they were during their adolescence.

A. they see their children as they were during
B. they see their children as they had been during
C. they see their children as if during
D. their children appear to them as they did in
E. their children appear to them as though in
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15 May 2005, 05:23
I choose A.
I think the simple past
beats the past perfect
in this case
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16 May 2005, 01:44
E.

it's not perfectly clear to whom 'they' refer in other choices
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16 May 2005, 03:01
between A and B

I go for A.
Past tense is ok, I don't think past perfect is necessary in that case.
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16 May 2005, 03:51
parents have ... they see
parallels, thus I'll eliminate D & E.

In B, had been isn't required.

In C as if during, sounds weird
Thus I'll pick A.
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16 May 2005, 03:56
D.

gut feel. no explanation.
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16 May 2005, 22:50
OA is A
16 May 2005, 22:50
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