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New post 05 Apr 2011, 01:09
Option B says "had been".

Had been is past continuous tense.
Since the statement used the word "during", shouldn't it be option B.

Could someone please clarify my doubts ?
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New post 05 Apr 2011, 01:28
Agree with Daagh...Question took me more than 3 mins ....was unable to get a clear answer..

left out A because of the pronoun ambiguity Din know what "they" refered to...
B is off because of past perfect tense...
C falls flat coz of dangling modifier...
D, E are incorrect because appear changes the meaning all together...

What is the source???
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New post 14 Mar 2012, 06:38
choice E, the problem with A is that it in unclear what the second they in the underlined statement refers to.
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New post 15 Mar 2012, 19:54
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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

Which is the right option?

i'm not a huge fan of this question because i feel like they is an ambiguous pronoun.

that being said, i think the only viable option is A
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New post 21 Mar 2012, 12:32
+1 for A .....
past perfect continous in B not required
Appears in D and E changes the meaning
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New post 23 Mar 2012, 02:47
straight A....................!!!
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New post 23 Mar 2012, 03:21
Interesting one.... my money is on A
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New post 19 Apr 2013, 01:17
IMO, A

(A) they see their children as they were during
Correct.

(B) they see their children as they had been during
Past perfect is not necessary.

(C) they see their children as if during
As if + clause, not "as if during"

(D) their children appear to them as they did in
"Appear to" is not idiomatic. Correct idiom is "appear as"

(E) their children appear to them as though in
"Appear to" is not idiomatic. Correct idiom is "appear as"
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Took 3.26 min. Got to the final answer with hazy decisions.
Tough one though!
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New post 03 Mar 2014, 03:11
very easy indeed....


it's an Hypothetical structure,,,,,its talking about something if it was true at this point of time.

eg.. i would have many cars, if i WERE a rich man.

Same goes for this question.

Choice C seems interesting but not as concise as A.

So correct choice is A.

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New post 21 Apr 2015, 03:35
Hi Experts pls clarify,

IMO Option A has "they" which can refer to the children as well as the parents if you read carefully:

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they see their children as they were during their adolescence
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It is ambiguous. Any opinions??
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New post 09 Jan 2017, 06:25
Hi experts,

I am new to 700-level questions and it might be rude justify the viable of question with my very little knowledge.I would like to ask for your opinion regarding the correct option--(A) they see their children as they...In my 2 cents,this is an absolute pronoun ambiguity since they refer to different things.Please clarify my reasoning if anything is wrong.

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Hi experts,

I am new to 700-level questions and it might be rude justify the viable of question with my very little knowledge.I would like to ask for your opinion regarding the correct option--(A) they see their children as they...In my 2 cents,this is an absolute pronoun ambiguity since they refer to different things.Please clarify my reasoning if anything is wrong.

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Your reasoning is correct. The first "they"/ "their" in the underlined part refers to "parents", whereas the second "they" refers to "children". This is considered a serious error in GMAT, and The OA is definitely incorrect.

Option A has been modified to take care of this issue. Thank you for pointing out.
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ykaiim wrote:
Read this one from OG:

Quasars are so distant that their light has taken billions of years to reach the Earth; consequently, we see them as they were during the formation of the universe.
(A) we see them as they were during
(B) we see them as they had been during
(C) we see them as if during
(D) they appear to us as they did in
(E) they appear to us as though in

OE:
A, the best choice, correctly employs the simple past verb tense to describe a past condition. Choice B inappropriately switches to the past perfect (had been); the past perfect properly describes action that is completed prior to some other event described with the simple past tense. Choice C presents a dangling adverbial modifier, as if during ..., that illogically modifies we see. D ambiguously suggests that the quasars appeared to us in the formation of the universe_ that is, as though we were present to view them then. In E, as though in distorts the meaning to suggest that we see the quasars in a hypothetical situation_ that is, that they may not have been involved in the formation of the universe.

Hope this is useful.


OG question is perfectly fine as it conveyed its intended meaning. But in this case, The intended meaning of the sentence is "The parents see their adolescent period in their children", but in A the meaning somewhat comes like this "The parents see their children as these parents saw children's adolescence." which is nonsensical. I think the question is incorrect. What's source of this question?
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ykaiim wrote:
Read this one from OG:

Quasars are so distant that their light has taken billions of years to reach the Earth; consequently, we see them as they were during the formation of the universe.
(A) we see them as they were during
(B) we see them as they had been during
(C) we see them as if during
(D) they appear to us as they did in
(E) they appear to us as though in

OE:
A, the best choice, correctly employs the simple past verb tense to describe a past condition. Choice B inappropriately switches to the past perfect (had been); the past perfect properly describes action that is completed prior to some other event described with the simple past tense. Choice C presents a dangling adverbial modifier, as if during ..., that illogically modifies we see. D ambiguously suggests that the quasars appeared to us in the formation of the universe_ that is, as though we were present to view them then. In E, as though in distorts the meaning to suggest that we see the quasars in a hypothetical situation_ that is, that they may not have been involved in the formation of the universe.

Hope this is useful.


OG question is perfectly fine as it conveyed its intended meaning. But in this case, The intended meaning of the sentence is "The parents see their adolescent period in their children", but in A the meaning somewhat comes like this "The parents see their children as these parents saw children's adolescence." which is nonsensical. I think the question is incorrect. What's source of this question?


Originally there was a pronoun ambiguity as already discussed above. The modified option A conveys the following meaning:

The parents see their children (during the children's adult phase) as they saw those children during the children's adolescence.
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Meaning + pronoun based approach:

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 did during the children's adolescence.

Sentence is trying to say parents have a difficult time with their kids being adults hence they see them as they did during the kids' adolescence: hence simple past 'did' gives more clarity and pronoun 'they' is fine as 'children' would be the noun here
(A) they see their children as they did during - CORRECT :pronoun and 'did'
(B) they see their children as they had been during : past perfect continuous tense 'had been during' makes no sense, adults can't still be teenagers
(C) they see their children as if during: no reason to use as if
(D) their children appear to them as they did in : appear to them --> are they ghosts? Children can't appear as something else (unless in horror movies :) )--> overall not lucid in meaning
(E) their children appear to them as though in: same as D
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B incorrectly compares how the parents view their children to how the children had been as adolescents. C has a modifier problem, ‘as if during…’ modifies ‘they see’. D and E are overly wordy.

So, A is the best answer.
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