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# Bob Wilber became Sidney Bechets student and protg when he

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Bob Wilber became Sidney Bechets student and protg when he [#permalink]

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Bob Wilber became Sidney Bechet’s student and protégé when he was nineteen and, for a few years in the 1940’s, came as close to being a carbon copy of the jazz virtuoso 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

Pls help me understand this q correctly. THx.

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Re: SC - Bob Wilber [#permalink]

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14 Sep 2008, 18:38
Sentence is in the past tense, and you should stay with the past tense ( or past perfect tense ). The clause, came " as close as..." should have parallelism.

D and E are eliminated because they are not parallel structures.

A is in present tense

In B and C, usage of "done" changes the meaning of the sentence.

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Re: SC - Bob Wilber [#permalink]

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15 Sep 2008, 02:13
Another B. "as....as" and "had been" are apt as there are two verbs in past tense and since one is after the other, previous one has to be in past perfect tense.

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Re: SC - Bob Wilber [#permalink]

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15 Sep 2008, 06:50
Sure, I also came up with an answer choice B. But the OA given is A. I do not think the OA is right...???

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Re: SC - Bob Wilber [#permalink]

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15 Sep 2008, 09:09
IMO, noone has come close to being a carbon copy, even as of today.

Thus, I chose A because I believe the present tense is required.

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Re: SC - Bob Wilber [#permalink]

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15 Sep 2008, 11:26
This almost scared me 'cause the option I chose at first was A
and initially there was no taker for A.

Anyway lets see why A.

I think correct idiom is 'as + adj + adj' and almost everybody agrees on this.
So D and E out.

In A,B and C there are two issues involve.
first, Tense and
second, positioning of 'ever'
I belive that the present perfect tense is required here 'cause if we reword the sentence it would be like:

came as close ..............as anyone has come till now.

it means that so far, only Bob Wilber has came close.....
Ongoing process-------> present perfect

Now, the correct positioning of 'ever' is between has/had and been
B and C violated this.
So, imo answer A is justified.

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Re: SC - Bob Wilber [#permalink]

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15 Sep 2008, 16:29
rishi2377 wrote:
This almost scared me 'cause the option I chose at first was A
and initially there was no taker for A.

Anyway lets see why A.

I think correct idiom is 'as + adj + adj' and almost everybody agrees on this.
So D and E out.

In A,B and C there are two issues involve.
first, Tense and
second, positioning of 'ever'
I belive that the present perfect tense is required here 'cause if we reword the sentence it would be like:

came as close ..............as anyone has come till now.

it means that so far, only Bob Wilber has came close.....
Ongoing process-------> present perfect

Now, the correct positioning of 'ever' is between has/had and been
B and C violated this.
So, imo answer A is justified.

I think everything is in past tense ...and its some past time that the sentence refers to ...hence as close as ...had been is correct usage
i dont see any issues with ever ....sentence says Bob came as close as anyone ever had been ....
she did the task as accurately as anyone had ever done ...
anyone had ever done is a complete sentence but anyone ever had done is a clause ... tere is a difference
anyone ever did
these are used to compare the actions!!!
I still stick to B
Whats the OA????
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Re: SC - Bob Wilber [#permalink]

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15 Sep 2008, 16:38
Richardson wrote:
OA given is AAAAA. But I am wondering...

I give up
Need explanations .Im not convinced
whats the source of this question
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Re: SC - Bob Wilber [#permalink]

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15 Sep 2008, 17:04
spriya wrote:
Richardson wrote:
OA given is AAAAA. But I am wondering...

I give up
Need explanations .Im not convinced
whats the source of this question

It's from 1000Q, question set 21. and question #17...

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