Why painting the face and perfuming the body should have persisted throughout recorded history has been the subject of a substantial amount of anthropological and psychological speculation.
(A)Why painting the face and perfuming the body should have persisted
(B)How painting the face and perfuming the body could be persistent
(C)That painting the face and perfuming the body are persisting
(D)Painting the face and perfuming the body persisting
(E)The persisting of face painting and body perfuming
This SC was discussed some time ago ...I remember OA is B . This SC tests the meaning rather than grammar.
D: the use of "persisting" is unsuitable.
E: "the persisting" should be "the persistance"
C: the tense is not logical due to "recorded history" which suggest sth must happen in the past.
B is better than A due to the use of tense.
B it is.
I would think that "painting the face" and "perfuming the body" would take on the verb of "have been".....