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# Of all the years in Einstein's life, possibly none is more

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Of all the years in Einstein's life, possibly none is more impressive than 1905 when four of his ground-breaking papers were published in a prominent German physics journal.

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B: maybe none was more impressive as
C: possibly none was more impressive than
D: perhaps none is more impressive as
E: maybe none is more impressive than

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I'm coming up with A as an additional option; the official is C. When I read the sentence, I interpret "impressive" differently. I would understand an impressive anything to be something that is not time constrained. To me, the word "was" implies formerly impressive but not currently. In this case, Einstein's achievement is still impressive. I could make the statement "I am impressed by his achievements" or "His work impresses (present tense) me" - I am in the state of being impressed not formerly impressed. It is a short jump to make the statement that because I am currently impressed by an object, it is impressive. Replacing "it", the statement could read "The year 1905".

I understand the concept of 1905 and all other years of Einstein's life being in the past so you want to use a past tense verb. But I still think it could go Is or Was depending on the current state of "impression".

Perhaps I haven't done the best job articulating this but I would appreciate any further discussion.
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05 Jun 2011, 19:36
I think you need not dwell on the "impressive" word. The point is that, we have to pick "was", as the sentence refers to past tense. Also, maybe is not preffered in GMAT. Only C fulfils these two criteria.
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06 Jun 2011, 11:09
Has to be C...
B and D are out because of the usage 'as' at the end of the sentence...
Now in A, C and E, both A and E use 'is' when the latter part of the sentence uses 'were'... This change in tense is the eliminating factor for A and E...
Left with C...

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25 Aug 2012, 11:04
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I think you need not dwell on the "impressive" word. The point is that, we have to pick "was", as the sentence refers to past tense. Also, maybe is not preffered in GMAT. Only C fulfils these two criteria.

Is MAYBE always wrong in GMAT?
Kindly clarify ..
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26 Aug 2012, 15:40
since the intent hovers over Eienstein's life and not per se our perception of what's impressive - the said form has to be in Past

off all the years in Einstein's life, 1907 WAS / IS the most impressive year - which one would you zone in on , guess WAS

FURTHERMORE, More than scores over More As

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26 Aug 2012, 18:19
Of all the years in Einstein's life, possibly none is more impressive than 1905 when four of his ground-breaking papers were published in a prominent German physics journal.

C: possibly none was more impressive than

maybe none is wrong and since his papers were published, possibly none was is the correct answer. Idioms - more impressive than is correct.

Therefore C is the right answer.
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26 Aug 2012, 20:06
on what basis are we removing the options with "as" at the end ??
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11 Sep 2012, 02:03
Here the verb has to be in Past tense. You get to 2 options agreeing with this rule : B&C. The usage of "as" instead of "than" in "B" helps us narrow down to C
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11 Sep 2012, 03:23
1. Einstein lived betweeen 1879 and 1955, some 76 years. He is not with us and standing at 2012 , all those years are bygone and past of history now
2. Just as we marked 1905 in the past tense, we have to mark also with past tense, any other year that is in comparison with 1905.
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11 Sep 2012, 04:27
usage of 'as' and 'than'

'than' is used for comparison
'As...As' is used for comparison instead of single 'As'

Correct me if i am wrong.
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