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philadelphia

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Though the number of brands decreased, automobiles continued to be as popular as they ____ before the oil shortage.

A) have been
B) had been
C) be
D) were being

I picked up B).

Please answer and comment if possible.
 

philadelphia

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B is correct.

The others are in the wrong tense.

Rover

Thank you very much, Rover. Still, the answer sheet of my book got me wrong while I thought I was not. It chose A) instead.
 

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Ignore it.

B is definitely the only correct answer.

The fact that nobody has challenged my earlier answer should confirm it for you.

Rover
 
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