[Grammar] please help me in this test

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sarah_bb5

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hi

Since he started smoking I ……. him to stop it .

a)had always asked - b)am always asking -
c)have always asked - d)always asked -

some people say (b) is correct and some people say (c) is correct

what's your idea ? and why ?

it's confusing to me . please explain it to me .thanks
 

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"B" is correct. It is an ongoing thing, so the progressive is used.
 

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hi

Since he started smoking I ……. him to stop it .

a)had always asked - b)am always asking -
c)have always asked - d)always asked -

some people say (b) is correct and some people say (c) is correct

what's your idea ? and why ?

it's confusing to me . please explain it to me .thanks

I would go with c), especially with the use of "since" and the present perfect. The action began in the past and continues, at least, up to the immediate present.
 

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I would go for b) but c) is possible.
 

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I am firmly convinced that c is right, but b can also be an alternative. However, knowing what these tests want, I would definitely pick c.
 

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I would go for b) first with c) as my second choice. It's a pretty poor question. I would have omitted "it" from the end, and they have put a space before the full stop and forgotten the comma after "smoking".

This would be how I would word it:

Ever since my father started smoking, I have been asking him to stop.

(I realise that "have been asking" wasn't a choice but it's the most natural.)
 
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