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# The fifties, for all their advertised conformity, now appear

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The fifties, for all their advertised conformity, now appear to have been a time of considerable achievement in the arts.

(A) for all their advertised conformity, now appear to have been
(B) despite all their advertised conformity, now appears to be
(C) for all their advertised conformity, now appear that they were
(D) despite all their advertised conformity, now appears as
(E) with all their advertised conformity, now appears

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26 Apr 2013, 19:10
mourinhogmat1 wrote:
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riteshgupta1 wrote:
Remember, it is compared with "a time", not times.

So The fifties has to be singular.

Could someone please explain why the above logic does not apply? If "the fifties" is being referred to as a plural noun here then the later part of the sentence should read "... now appear to have been times of considerable achievement in the arts."

I usually nail SC this one definitely did not strike me as consistent with the GMAT, do we know the source?

I couldn't agree more. This source seems way too dubious and the logic of answers aren't quite satisfactory.

First -- The fifties was a period. (A timeframe so singular but the number of days or months is plural?? Debatable)
Second -- The fifties WAS a period. ( It's in the past.)

I find it easier to rule out based on Timeframe rather than singular/plural on this question.

The fifties, for all their advertised conformity, now appear to have been a time of considerable achievement in the arts.

(A) for all their advertised conformity, now appear to have been
CORRECT
(B) despite all their advertised conformity, now appear to be
Now appear to be? So, previously they didn't have considerable achievement in the arts? Senseless.
(C) for all their advertised conformity, now appear that they were
This is wordy -- now appear that they were. Now appear that -- is non-idiomatic. I suppose its an old type of question not the new styled of GMAT question.
(D) despite all their advertised conformity, now appears as
This changes the meaning because appears as is an idiom used to describe something contrasting what is expected. But that was not the intended meaning here. Second problem here is appears is plural verb and their is plural subject
(E) with all advertised conformity, now appears
Notice E also changes meaning. Replacing For all with With all has a subtle shift in meaning. For all has a meaning similar to although or even though but with all means JUST with everything without any contrats.

Only two forums had this question this one and Beat the GMAT (Link in here:http://www.beatthegmat.com/the-fifties-tough-one-t110840.html )
Since Manhattan doesnt have it I think its 1000SC source and potentially bogus. I agree with MGMAT with respect to using non-OG styled questions. They tend to distort your thinking a little bit. So, beware!!

Hi,
I believe that the option A has two verbs appear and have been without being connected properly ?
The subject is 1950s but they are connected by 'to'. Is that even possible ?
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I am afraid there are no two verbs; appear is the only verb that actions the subject ‘the fifties’; ‘to have’ is an infinitive and just a verbal
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26 Apr 2013, 23:55
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I am afraid there are no two verbs; appear is the only verb that actions the subject ‘the fifties’; ‘to have’ is an infinitive and just a verbal

Missed the infinitive form. Thanks
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24 Apr 2014, 23:54
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The fifties, for all their advertised conformity, now appear to have been a time of considerable achievement in the arts.

(A) for all their advertised conformity, now appear to have been
(B) despite all their advertised conformity, now appears to be
(C) for all their advertised conformity, now appear that they were
(D) despite all their advertised conformity, now appears as
(E) with all their advertised conformity, now appears

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First: Deconstructing A, seems alright
Given: Current observation of things of past
if observation is of came time use simple infinitive. here its of earlier time and hence perfect infinitive.
B,D,E is wrong b/c of faulty SV agreement. YEARS of a decade (the fifties, the sixties, the seventies, etc.) represent the distinguishable period of time

C is wrong.. idiomatic error
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The fifties, for all their advertised conformity, now appear to have been a time of considerable achievement in the arts. Source: http://www.sentencecorrection.com/

(A) for all their advertised conformity, now appear to have been
(B) despite all their advertised conformity, now appears to be
(C) for all their advertised conformity, now appear that they were
(D) despite all their advertised conformity, now appears as
(E) with all their advertised conformity, now appears
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08 Jun 2016, 02:07
chunjuwu wrote:
The fifties, for all their advertised conformity, now appear to have been a time of considerable achievement in the arts.

(A) for all their advertised conformity, now appear to have been
(B) despite all their advertised conformity, now appears to be
(C) for all their advertised conformity, now appear that they were
(D) despite all their advertised conformity, now appears as
(E) with all their advertised conformity, now appears

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The clue is hidden in the question. All the options have their, which is a plural pronoun. So it must be followed by plural verb appear

B D and E are out

A and C :

This is a continuation... they haven't stopped

We need a perfect tense..

A

From A and C
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19 Sep 2016, 07:56
"The Fifties" refers to a decade which should have been singular but “for all their advertised conformity” contains their which confirms that “The fifties” here is treated as plural subject which leaves us with A and C
In C use of past tense is incorrect
Note- Generally a period of time like decade and century is singular so in this question the clause "for all their advertised conformity" is omitted i would have gone with singular verb.
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