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# Thomas Eakins’ powerful style and his choices of subject—the advances

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28 Jul 2018, 01:54
daagh wrote:
Isn’t this also essentially a test of tense. The phrase ‘in his time’ marks a timeline that has come to close long ago. How can we drag an event of those bygone days to the current days with a present perfect? You do require a plural past tense, i,e., ‘were’. That is why E is out.

present perfect can be used to show a past action which no longer exists but there must be no point of time in this case.
because we have "to his time", an indication of past point of time, we have to use past simple

simple past and present perfect can be used interchangebly when there is no specific time point in the past
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28 Jul 2018, 01:58
nother error in choice e is that

for our own must parallel with to his time
for our own can not be parallel with in his time.

so , choice E contain two erros.
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01 Aug 2018, 19:46
In the context of this question, are the use of both 'in his time' and 'to his time' correct?

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Usage of idioms is always subject to custom rather than to reason. If GMAC thinks that so and so idiom is good enough, then it is better to abide by it rather than doubt it.
In the given context, assuming that ' his times' is more reasonable than 'to his times', is there a correct choice without any other errors?
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Dear Thangvietnam,

Your observation that past tense and present perfect can bare interchangeable when there is no time reference is interesting. Could you kindly help with some examples, especially if there is one in the official questions?
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04 Aug 2018, 12:12
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

usage of and makes the subject plural,
the disturbing was done in the past and finished but the disturbing of past is not still going on. so have been is wrong,
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