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
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.
The correct answer is A.
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