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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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04 Oct 2004, 05:33
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ans is an A...

subject- ''the fifties''...needs a PLURAL verb...

appear...B, d AND e ARE INCORRECT

the use of ' THAT THEY WERE' in C is not convincing

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04 Oct 2004, 15:19
I'd go with A
fifties have been a time of considerable achievement in the arts and still is today
"that" in C is uncessarily wordy and B's verb "appears" has improper third person singular conjugation
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06 Oct 2004, 02:42
Thanks all

the OA is A.

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The fifties, for all their advertised conformity, now appear to have been a time of considerable achievements 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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11 Dec 2004, 09:22
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(B)
"The fifties" is singular since it represents for the whole group.

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11 Dec 2004, 09:25
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Definetly a Hard One:

The fifties are plural, appear should be without an s and in a plural form,

B, D and E are OUT because they use a singular form of appears.

A uses the present prefect because of now and indicates an Action that started in the past and continuing in the present,

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13 Dec 2004, 14:27

"fifties ARE a time" (like Democrats are a party) - so rule out B, D, E
then the tenses - "to have been" or "were"?
The former "indicates an Action that started in the past and continuing in the present", but I think that since "fifties" is a limited period, the fifties just "are a time" or "were a time" or "will be a time" - the Action "to be" cannot last.
so i choose "C" despite of the fact that in general
"appear to be" sounds more idiomatic than "appear that are"

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13 Dec 2004, 16:43
fifties is plural. verified with google, i am pasting here.

Plural cardinal numeral - fifties

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14 Dec 2004, 01:00
I will go with 'C' .
'their' have to agree with 'fifties' and with 'were' in second part of sentence.
By the way what is OA.

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21 Jul 2005, 07:01
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 appear 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 advertised conformity, now appears

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21 Jul 2005, 07:10
Except E all have verb problems.

The fifties is singular. Need appear(s) instead of appear.

A B C all have the same problem

D has a idiom problem. It should be "appears to be" rather than "appears as"

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fifties is considered singular only when it is referred as a time period and not when considered as years.

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21 Jul 2005, 12:39
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Remember, it is compared with "a time", not times.

So The fifties has to be singular.

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21 Jul 2005, 15:21
What is the OA?

The modifying phrase in E is certainly not very clear (by GMAT standards). Note also that the pronoun "their" is used in all other choices (implying plural for Fifties).

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21 Jul 2005, 18:20
OA is A.

Here, the fifties refers to the period of years between 50 and 59 in any century (probably between 1950 and 1959 in this question); thus, it's a plural (as evident in "their") - D and E out because of "appears"

FOR ALL is an idiomatic expression, meaning "despite". B out.

Between A and C, I personally think the choice C is better and clearer, but the author of this question doesn't agree with me. Sorry, I don't have OE.

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31 Mar 2009, 03:40
The fifties, for all their advertised conformity, now appear to have been a time of considerable achievement in arts.

(A) for all their advertised conformity, now appear to have been
(B) despite all their advertised conformity, now appears that they were
(C) despite all its advertised conformity, now appears as
(D) despite all their advertised conformity, not appears to have been
(E) with all their advertised conformity, now appear
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31 Mar 2009, 04:00
Confused btw A and E ( A) E uses with and changes the meaning of sentence

nitya34 wrote:
The fifties, for all their advertised conformity, now appear to have been a time of considerable achievement in arts.

(A) for all their advertised conformity, now appear to have been
(B) despite all their advertised conformity, now appears that they were ( They does refer to fifities, hence wrong)
(C) despite all its advertised conformity, now appears as ( fifties is plural and possesive pronoun its is singular)
(D) despite all their advertised conformity, not appears to have been ( now is missing-changes the original meaning of sentence)
(E) with all their advertised conformity, now appear [/color]

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is this the same question as it is here:

sc-for-all-vs-despite-18225.html?highlight=The+fifties%2C+for+all+their

Looks the same, but the answer choices are not similar

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01 Apr 2009, 16:09
nitya34 wrote:
The fifties, for all their advertised conformity, now appear to have been a time of considerable achievement in arts.

(A) for all their advertised conformity, now appear to have been "appear" - it requires singular
(B) despite all their advertised conformity, now appears that they were "appear" - despite needs "negative sentence"
(C) despite all its advertised conformity, now appears as (same reason as 2)
(D) despite all their advertised conformity, not appears to have been (It is correct singular and negative statement after despite).
(E) with all their advertised conformity, now appear

IMO D).

Can you confirm Nitya? Please post OA.

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