Is the following sentence grammatically wrong?

Organic pulses are so popular today that many people wonder how they ever lived without them.

I think it is not incorrect but the solution in my book says how they ever lived without them is wrongly used, instead it should be used in present tense.

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    It's not wrong; it's fine. What book are you using?
    – BillJ
    Jan 13, 2021 at 14:21
  • If by "should be used in present tense" you mean the text should read ...people wonder how they ever live without them, you're completely mistaken. Imho that's not even valid, let alone "preferable". Jan 13, 2021 at 14:39
  • People wonder how they managed to live (in the past) before such things were available. Jan 13, 2021 at 15:39
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    Either the book is wrong or you read it wrongly - can you type or give a link to the exact text? Jan 13, 2021 at 16:32
  • This book has been causing confusion for a while apparently: english.stackexchange.com/q/406477/80039 I’ve also found it here with the incorrect answer: examcompetition.com/forum/32796/…
    – ColleenV
    Jan 13, 2021 at 16:44

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This is perfectly okay. My guess is that your book is wrong.

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