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Abraham Lincoln's simple writing style and enduring themes—the spirit

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Abraham Lincoln's simple writing style and enduring themes—the spirit of the common man, the importance of hard work, and the necessity of cooperation—was as inspirational to his fellow citizens as it is to ours.

A. was as inspirational to his fellow citizens as it is
B. were as inspirational to his fellow citizens as they are
C. has been as inspirational to his fellow citizens as they are
D. had been as inspirational to his fellow citizens as it was
E. have been as inspirational to his fellow citizens as

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Re: Abraham Lincoln's simple writing style and enduring themes—the spirit  [#permalink]

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A. was as inspirational to his fellow citizens as it is - Incorrect. Subject verb agreement error.

B. were as inspirational to his fellow citizens as they are - Correct.

C. has been as inspirational to his fellow citizens as they are - Same as A

D. had been as inspirational to his fellow citizens as it was - Same as A

E. have been as inspirational to his fellow citizens as - Usage of have been is incorrect as we need a past tense to refer to 'his fellow citizens'.

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New post 27 Dec 2017, 21:57
“writing style and enduring themes” needs plural verb and pronoun. Eliminate A(was), C(has been), D(it was).
E is wrong because present perfect “have been” illogically means that “his fellow citizens” are still inspired now.
So B is correct answer.
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