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Thomas Eakins powerful style and his choices of subject the

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Thomas Eakins’ powerful style and his choices of subject—the advances in modern surgery, the discipline of sport, the strains of individuals in tension with society or even with themselves—was as disturbing to his own time as it is compelling for ours.
(A) was as disturbing to his own time as it is
(B) were as disturbing to his own time as they are
(C) has been as disturbing in his own time as they are
(D) had been as disturbing in his own time as it was
(E) have been as disturbing in his own time as
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29 May 2012, 16:27
The explanation in the OG says that "having been" in E illogically indicates that Eakins' time continues into the present day.

I don't understand this explanation.
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29 May 2012, 16:43
+1 for B
A/C/D can be ruled by SV agreement. E does not show a clear comparison
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30 May 2012, 05:18
eybrj2 wrote:
The explanation in the OG says that "having been" in E illogically indicates that Eakins' time continues into the present day.

I don't understand this explanation.

E is 'have been' - present perfect continous-
some work which was started and is still continuing in present ...
Thomas Etkins... everything is in past, nothing is continuing to present time...so no need of have been
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03 Jun 2012, 21:38
eybrj2 wrote:
Thomas Eakins’ powerful style and his choices of subject—the advances in modern surgery, the discipline of sport, the strains of individuals in tension with society or even with themselves—was as disturbing to his own time as it is compelling for ours.
(A) was as disturbing to his own time as it is
(B) were as disturbing to his own time as they are
(C) has been as disturbing in his own time as they are
(D) had been as disturbing in his own time as it was
(E) have been as disturbing in his own time as

the subject is plural i.e. powerful style and his choices of subject. so eliminate A, and C. in my point of D is out for meaning issue. the sentence compares the EFFECT between past times and present time. so using PP is incorrect. In E, it distort the meaning. correct me if i am wrong
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Thomas Eakins’ powerful style and his choices of subject—the advances in modern surgery, the discipline of sport, the strains of individuals in tension with society or even with themselves—was as disturbing to his own time as it is compelling for ours.

subject verb agreement error and tense..

Eakin's style and choices- plural, so verb should be according to plural subject.

our time is present time and eakin's time must have been in past.

so option (B).
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