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# Bob Wilber became Sidney BechetтАЩs

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Bob Wilber became Sidney BechetтАЩs student and prot├йg├й when he was nineteen and , for a few years in the 1940тАЩs, came as close to being a carbon copy of the jazz virtuosos in performance as anyone has ever come.
A) as anyone has ever come
B) as anyone ever had been
C) as anyone ever had done
D) that anyone ever did
E) that anyone ever came

This definitely took more than 1.5 mins.
Its clear that D and E are out.

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02 Sep 2003, 20:09
Bob Wilber became Sidney BechetтАЩs student and prot├йg├й when he was nineteen and , for a few years in the 1940тАЩs, came as close to being a carbon copy of the jazz virtuosos in performance as anyone has ever come.
A) as anyone has ever come
B) as anyone ever had been
C) as anyone ever had done
D) that anyone ever did
E) that anyone ever came

As you say, D and E are out. I choose B because the underlined sentence has to have a 'verb of being' rather than a 'verb of doing'.

But can anyone let me know whether A would be correct if it were re-phrased as
A) as anyone has ever been.

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02 Sep 2003, 21:09
praetorian123 wrote:
Bob Wilber became Sidney BechetтАЩs student and prot├йg├й when he was nineteen and , for a few years in the 1940тАЩs, came as close to being a carbon copy of the jazz virtuosos in performance as anyone has ever come.
A) as anyone has ever come
B) as anyone ever had been
C) as anyone ever had done
D) that anyone ever did
E) that anyone ever came

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You are right that D and E are out. (C) is improper parallelism ["as close as anyone ever had done" is incorrect].

(a) is better than (b) because it gives the sentence the vigor of claiming that still no one has come closer than Wilbur to becoming a carbon copy of Bechet. "had been" in (b) implies that someone else came along after Wilbur and came closer to being a carbon copy. (a) implies that Bechet was the closest, and has the best sentence flow as well.
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02 Sep 2003, 23:05
i think the answer is B because as someone mentioned above the verb in the answer has to be a form of "being".
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03 Sep 2003, 00:42
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praetorian123 wrote:
Bob Wilber became Sidney BechetтАЩs student and prot├йg├й when he was nineteen and , for a few years in the 1940тАЩs, came as close to being a carbon copy of the jazz virtuosos in performance as anyone has ever come.
A) as anyone has ever come
B) as anyone ever had been
C) as anyone ever had done
D) that anyone ever did
E) that anyone ever came

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You are right that D and E are out. (C) is improper parallelism ["as close as anyone ever had done" is incorrect].

(a) is better than (b) because it gives the sentence the vigor of claiming that still no one has come closer than Wilbur to becoming a carbon copy of Bechet. "had been" in (b) implies that someone else came along after Wilbur and came closer to being a carbon copy. (a) implies that Bechet was the closest, and has the best sentence flow as well.

Wow, thanks JP...that was great.
i think the important word here is "ever".
If the author wrote this in 1940, "ever had been" would be ok..isnt it?
"Ever" makes it clear that the author means sidney is still the best. so we need to be in the present tense.

Thanks a lot
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26 Oct 2003, 10:09
ONE more example of changing word order!!!!

come as close to ST as anyone has ever come
come as close to ST as anyone ever has come

I think had been is wrong, also changing ever position also change meaning .
has ever come: ever --> come
anyone ever has come: ever --> anyone
Ihope it right?
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