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    1.Personal trainers and fitness coaches are to the narcissistic 1980ís just like a private fencing master and dancing teacher was to an earlier time.
    (A) just like a private fencing master and dancing teacher was
    (B) as have been a private fencing master and dancing teacher
    (C) what private fencing masters and dancing teachers were
    (D) what private fencing masters and dancing teachers are
    (E) just the same as private fencing masters and dancing teachers had been

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    D.
    ....(are to) the narcissistic....teachers (are to) an...

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    I'll go with C.

    These are the most obvious mistakes in the following choices:
    A - problem with "was". it should be "were" instead
    B - as have been
    D - problem with "are" - since it says "ealier time" it should be "were"
    E - verbose

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    Pick C..
    since v r refering to an earlier time, "were" should be the key
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    I will go with C. It is idiomatic, parallel and uses the correct past tense 'were'.
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    i like C

    it seems awkward to express a comparision with "what" i wonder if there is some rule for that. anyone knows?

    a)trainers and coaches being compared with master and teacher. No parallelism, that also rules out b)

    b/c it is an earlier time you should be using "were" so D is out.

    and E is wordy.

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    thanks for the answers guys...the OA is C
    i just cudnt understand the flow of the sentence and was thinking how the word "What" can follow 1980's...just wasnt sounding pleasant to the ear...any comments on that...

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    Personal trainers and fitness coaches are to the narcissistic 1980ís just like a private fencing master and dancing teacher was to an earlier time.
    (A) just like a private fencing master and dancing teacher was - require plural verb
    (B) as have been a private fencing master and dancing teacher - noun comparison require "like"
    (C) what private fencing masters and dancing teachers were - correct
    (D) what private fencing masters and dancing teachers are - wrong tense change
    (E) just the same as private fencing masters and dancing teachers had been - noun comparison require "like" + wrong tense usage

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    Its clearly C.

    X and Y are ...what A and B were construction

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    Wud go wid C as the second part shud be in Past tense
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