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Though there are some exceptions, most adult Olympic athletes are hardly neophytes at the sports in which they compete; they likely enjoyed the same activities as a child.

A. they likely enjoyed the same activities as a child.
B. they enjoyed the same activities as a child.
C. they likely enjoyed the same activities as children.
D. he or she likely enjoyed the same activities as a child.
E. he or she likely enjoyed the same activities as children.
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Though there are some exceptions, most adult Olympic athletes are hardly neophytes at the sports in which they compete; they likely enjoyed the same activities as a child.

A. they likely enjoyed the same activities as a child.
B. they enjoyed the same activities as a child.
C. they likely enjoyed the same activities as children.
D. he or she likely enjoyed the same activities as a child.
E. he or she likely enjoyed the same activities as children.

This question concerns correct agreement between pronouns and antecedents. In this sentence the plural adult Olympic athletes in the sentenc's first clause indicates that the pronoun in the second clause should be the plural they. The antecedent, likewise, should be the plural children.
  1. The plural pronoun they does not show agreement with the singular child.
  2. Though this version is more concise than (A), it displays the same grammatical problem: the plural pronoun they does not show agreement with the singular child.
  3. The plural pronoun they correctly agrees with the plural children in the second clause, as well as with the plural antecedent adult Olympic athletes in the first clause.
  4. The pronouns he and she are both singular and do not agree with the plural antecedent adult Olympic athletes in the first clause.
  5. The pronouns he and she are both singular and do not agree with the plural children in the second clause.

Answer: C
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Official Solution:

Though there are some exceptions, most adult Olympic athletes are hardly neophytes at the sports in which they compete; they likely enjoyed the same activities as a child.

A. they likely enjoyed the same activities as a child.
B. they enjoyed the same activities as a child.
C. they likely enjoyed the same activities as children.
D. he or she likely enjoyed the same activities as a child.
E. he or she likely enjoyed the same activities as children.

This question concerns correct agreement between pronouns and antecedents. In this sentence the plural adult Olympic athletes in the sentenc's first clause indicates that the pronoun in the second clause should be the plural they. The antecedent, likewise, should be the plural children.
  1. The plural pronoun they does not show agreement with the singular child.
  2. Though this version is more concise than (A), it displays the same grammatical problem: the plural pronoun they does not show agreement with the singular child.
  3. The plural pronoun they correctly agrees with the plural children in the second clause, as well as with the plural antecedent adult Olympic athletes in the first clause.
  4. The pronouns he and she are both singular and do not agree with the plural antecedent adult Olympic athletes in the first clause.
  5. The pronouns he and she are both singular and do not agree with the plural children in the second clause.

Answer: C

Hi Bunuel,
I have some doubt regarding the use of "AS" for comparison here. AS is used for comparing a clause & when it is used with a noun or pronoun, it is used to denote some role. "As a mother, the landlady takes care of the kids." Landlady is acting like mother in this case. My question is how can we be sure of plural form of child? There could be a possibility that all athletes enjoy activities of a child. Kindly help to resolve my confusion.
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I think this is a high-quality question and I agree with explanation.
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Bunuel wrote:
Though there are some exceptions, most adult Olympic athletes are hardly neophytes at the sports in which they compete; they likely enjoyed the same activities as a child.

A. they likely enjoyed the same activities as a child.
B. they enjoyed the same activities as a child.
C. they likely enjoyed the same activities as children.
D. he or she likely enjoyed the same activities as a child.
E. he or she likely enjoyed the same activities as children.

i am really confused as they refer to athletes not children. As child shows the position that how athletes likely to enjoy the game and secondly if its children then we are comparing and we need do as children do.
please explain?
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