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# When we think about peoples of the past, we intuitively try to imagine

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When we think about peoples of the past, we intuitively try to imagine what he or she would have looked like in real life and to visualize their physical features, dress, and general appearance.

(A) we intuitively try to imagine what he or she would have looked like in real life and to visualize their physical features

(B) we intuitively try to imagine what they would have looked like in real life and to visualize their physical features

(C) we intuitively try to imagine what he or she would have looked like in real life and visualize his or her physical features

(D) we intuitively try to imagine what they would have looked like in real life and to visualize what their physical features were like

(E) we intuitively try to imagine what they would look like in real life and visualize their physical features

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15 Feb 2019, 05:08
When we think about peoples of the past, we intuitively try to imagine what he or she would have looked like in real life and to visualize their physical features, dress, and general appearance.

Elimination : The first clue is "peoples" , this measn we are talking about groups of people (plural) , so any refernece later in the snetence should be towarsd groups and not individual person !!
A C gone

(A) we intuitively try to imagine what he or she would have looked like in real life and to visualize their physical features

(B) we intuitively try to imagine what they would have looked like in real life and to visualize their physical features
- "they " refers to groups of people !!!
(C) we intuitively try to imagine what he or she would have looked like in real life and visualize his or her physical features

(D) we intuitively try to imagine what they would have looked like in real life and to visualize what their physical features were like
- "what " breaks the later paralellism !! read the later non underslined part too !!

(E) we intuitively try to imagine what they would look like in real life and visualize their physical features[/quote]
- We are talking about the "past" eople so "Would+have" is needed ...
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15 Feb 2019, 05:27
When we think about peoples of the past, we intuitively try to imagine what he or she would have looked like in real life and to visualize their physical features, dress, and general appearance.

(A)
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we intuitively try to imagine what he or she would have looked like in real life and to visualize their physical features

the first part of the sentence says peoples, so "they" should be used in the underlined portion to refer them. ELIMINATED

(B)
Quote:
we intuitively try to imagine what they would have looked like in real life and to visualize their physical features

best among the lot. CORRECT

(C)
Quote:
we intuitively try to imagine what he or she would have looked like in real life and visualize his or her physical features

the first part of the sentence says peoples, so "they" and "their" should be used in the underlined portion to refer them. ELIMINATED

(D)
Quote:
we intuitively try to imagine what they would have looked like in real life and to visualize what their physical features were like

we have a continuation after the underlined portion. we try to visualize their physical features, dress and general appearance. We are not only bothered about their physical features. ELIMINATED

(E)
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we intuitively try to imagine what they would look like in real life and visualize their physical features

this statement conveys a meaning that peoples of the past still look like something and we are thinking about that. Non-sensical. ELIMINATED

OPTION: B
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27 Feb 2019, 04:29
Bunuel wrote:
When we think about peoples of the past, we intuitively try to imagine what he or she would have looked like in real life and to visualize their physical features, dress, and general appearance.

(A) we intuitively try to imagine what he or she would have looked like in real life and to visualize their physical features

(B) we intuitively try to imagine what they would have looked like in real life and to visualize their physical features

(C) we intuitively try to imagine what he or she would have looked like in real life and visualize his or her physical features

(D) we intuitively try to imagine what they would have looked like in real life and to visualize what their physical features were like

(E) we intuitively try to imagine what they would look like in real life and visualize their physical features

OFFICIAL EXPLANATION:

B. we intuitively try to imagine what they would have looked like in real life and to visualize their physical features

The easiest issue to spot is the improper use of “he or she” to refer to the plural noun peoples. The proper plural pronoun is they, so Choices (A) and (C) are out. Choice (D) corrects the pronoun problem, but it replaces “their physical features” with the wordy “what their physical features were like,” a phrasing that is not only awkward but also constructed differently from the rest of the nouns in the series. Choice (E) improperly changes the verb from the conditional perfect tense “would have looked” to the conditional present tense “would look,” a construction that projects the appearance of past peoples in the yet-to-be-realized future rather than from a place in the past. Choice (B) applies the proper pronoun without creating additional errors, so it’s the best answer.
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10 Mar 2019, 06:24
When we think about peoples of the past, we intuitively try to imagine what he or she would have looked like in real life and to visualize their physical features, dress, and general appearance.

(A) we intuitively try to imagine what he or she would have looked like in real life and to visualize their physical features --> "people" <=> plural

(B) we intuitively try to imagine what they would have looked like in real life and to visualize their physical features --> correct

(C) we intuitively try to imagine what he or she would have looked like in real life and visualize his or her physical features --> same as A

(D) we intuitively try to imagine what they would have looked like in real life and to visualize what their physical features were like --> "features" not parallel w/ "dress, and general appearance"

(E) we intuitively try to imagine what they would look like in real life and visualize their physical features --> 1. "to imagine" & "visualize" are not parallel. 2. Change of verb: "would have looked " to "would look"
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