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Thomas Eakins powerful style and his choices of subject the

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Thomas Eakins powerful style and his choices of subject the [#permalink] New post 29 May 2012, 15:24
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Thomas Eakins’ powerful style and his choices of subject—the advances in modern surgery, the discipline of sport, the strains of individuals in tension with society or even with themselves—was as disturbing to his own time as it is compelling for ours.
(A) was as disturbing to his own time as it is
(B) were as disturbing to his own time as they are
(C) has been as disturbing in his own time as they are
(D) had been as disturbing in his own time as it was
(E) have been as disturbing in his own time as
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Re: OG verbal SC 30 [#permalink] New post 29 May 2012, 15:27
The explanation in the OG says that "having been" in E illogically indicates that Eakins' time continues into the present day.

I don't understand this explanation.
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Re: OG verbal SC 30 [#permalink] New post 29 May 2012, 15:43
+1 for B
A/C/D can be ruled by SV agreement. E does not show a clear comparison
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Re: OG verbal SC 30 [#permalink] New post 30 May 2012, 04:18
eybrj2 wrote:
The explanation in the OG says that "having been" in E illogically indicates that Eakins' time continues into the present day.

I don't understand this explanation.


E is 'have been' - present perfect continous-
some work which was started and is still continuing in present ...
Thomas Etkins... everything is in past, nothing is continuing to present time...so no need of have been
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Re: OG verbal SC 30 [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2012, 20:38
eybrj2 wrote:
Thomas Eakins’ powerful style and his choices of subject—the advances in modern surgery, the discipline of sport, the strains of individuals in tension with society or even with themselves—was as disturbing to his own time as it is compelling for ours.
(A) was as disturbing to his own time as it is
(B) were as disturbing to his own time as they are
(C) has been as disturbing in his own time as they are
(D) had been as disturbing in his own time as it was
(E) have been as disturbing in his own time as


the subject is plural i.e. powerful style and his choices of subject. so eliminate A, and C. in my point of D is out for meaning issue. the sentence compares the EFFECT between past times and present time. so using PP is incorrect. In E, it distort the meaning. correct me if i am wrong
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