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    Smile What does "those who grew up in our grandparents' generation" refer to?

    I came across a sentence recently part of which is puzzing for me and which goes as follows,
    "In the last ninety years, the world has shrunk, while human experience has expanded almost beyond the recognition of those who grew up in our grandparentsí generation. " The puzzing part of the sentence for me is "those who grew up in our grandparentsí generation",or rather ,"in our grandparentsí generation". I understand that "generation" can mean "all the people who were born at about the same time" or "a lenth of time of about thirty years",but nither makes perfect sense here for me,particularly with "in" here.I will be grateful greatly for any help given here.Thank you all so much.

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    Re: What does "those who grew up in our grandparents' generation" refer to?

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    If your question is why 'in' is used here rather than some other preposition, my only advice is that it's best to just accept that that's the way it is in the English language.

    I'm learning a language myself. Not everything makes sense, but I accept it for what it is and memorize it as best I can.
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    Re: What does "those who grew up in our grandparents' generation" refer to?

    I would be more appreciated if you had paraphrased this sentence or explained what it really means or,if you're kind enough to tell me if it means one of the follow paraphses of my own if you find it a little inconvenient to provide your own paraphrase:
    1.those of my grandparents' generation
    2.those of my parents' generation
    3.those who was born 30,or 60,or 90 years ago?

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    Re: What does "those who grew up in our grandparents' generation" refer to?

    Quote Originally Posted by on the way View Post
    I would be more appreciated if you had paraphrased this sentence or explained what it really means or,if you're kind enough to tell me if it means one of the follow paraphses of my own if you find it a little inconvenient to provide your own paraphrase:
    1.those of my grandparents' generation
    2.those of my parents' generation
    3.those who was born 30,or 60,or 90 years ago?
    It means #1, obviously. Those who grew up in our grandparents' generation are those who are "of" our grandparents' generation.

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    Re: What does "those who grew up in our grandparents' generation" refer to?

    Thank you very much.You helped a lot.

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    Re: What does "those who grew up in our grandparents' generation" refer to?

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    I'm sorry if I sounded rude and didn't answer your question, but it seemed to me that you pretty much had an understanding of what "those who grew up in our grandparent's generation" meant. 'Generation' is a somwhat "loose" term. To me, a generation of people is a group of folks that were born at roughly the same time (not much more than a decade apart) and grew up with similar experiences (i.e. WWII, the Depression, the birth of Rock and Roll, etc.).

    As it's written in your post (with 'grew up') an 'in' is required. "Those of our grandparent's generation" is an acceptable replacement, though I favor the original phrase used by the author.

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    Smile Re: What does "those who grew up in our grandparents' generation" refer to?

    Hi,

    I believe when it is phrased as "those who grew up in our grandparents' generation" it is proper to use 'in' in the sentence as after the past tense grew up needs 'in' to complete it. However, "those of our grandparents generation" means exactly the same as the one with 'in' and both are acceptable.

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