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859. 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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05 Nov 2009, 22:13
"B" plural verb is required here

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07 Nov 2009, 05:45
OA is B............
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07 Nov 2009, 09:26
“Thomas Eakins’ powerful style and his choices of subject” is a plural subject and require a plural verb. So choice A, C and D are out.

The first event happened in the past and the second event is occurring in the present. So the tense should reflect the occurrence. Hence the first verb should be in past tense and second verb should be present tense. So choice E is out

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10 Nov 2009, 19:44
“Thomas Eakins’ powerful style and his choices of subject” is a plural subject and require a plural verb. So choice A, C and D are out.

The first event happened in the past and the second event is occurring in the present. So the tense should reflect the occurrence. Hence the first verb should be in past tense and second verb should be present tense. So choice E is out

In choice B

were as disturbing to his own time

whether disturning 'to' his own time is correct, i thought it should be disturbing in his own time
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13 Jan 2010, 20:00
The easiest way would be Thomas Eakins’ powerful style ..blah bla blah - "WERE"....

example: these many things ......were...there.....
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14 Jan 2010, 11:02
its plural sentence should be B
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05 Mar 2010, 05:07
Option E has tense problem even it is plural.
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20 Jan 2011, 09:46
Between B & E i went with B. B sounds better. E does connects well with the rest of the sentence
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18 May 2011, 23:02
I have the same doubt as ISBTarget ! "Disturbing to his own time" is this right ? Disturbing in his own time sounds better ..
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18 May 2011, 23:43
Between B and E,the comparison element is missing in E.
B clearly has reference they are. Hence better.

have been is not necessary here.
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19 May 2011, 01:20
B should be the correct answer. Waiting for OA. And I agree that "disturbing to his own time" doesn't sound right.
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22 Jun 2016, 22:49
"AND" when introducing a list of items is always plural.
A and C are out because they are using singular verb -was,has,

B, D and E remaining
D is out because it uses "was" for present tense.
E is out because of parallelism -
X have been as disturbing in his own time as compelling for ours. Wrong
X have been as disturbing in his own time as X (it) is compelling for ours. <----THIS WOULD BE THE CORRECT USAGE
so E is out

Therefore B is correct. CORRECT VERB CORRECT PARALLELISM.

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859. 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
(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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23 Sep 2016, 12:34
LogicGuru1 wrote:
"AND" when introducing a list of items is always plural.
A and C are out because they are using singular verb -was,has,

B, D and E remaining
D is out because it uses "was" for present tense.
E is out because of parallelism -
X have been as disturbing in his own time as compelling for ours. Wrong
X have been as disturbing in his own time as X (it) is compelling for ours. <----THIS WOULD BE THE CORRECT USAGE
so E is out

Therefore B is correct. CORRECT VERB CORRECT PARALLELISM.

gurpreet07 wrote:
859. 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
(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

My reason to eliminate E is - have been. Subject is compound and it happened in the past - so we are looking for something which fits both of these criteria and fulfilled by B
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