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

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26 Aug 2014, 05:10
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Thomas Eakins’ powerful style and his choices of subject [needs plural verb]
—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

B Vs E:
We are making comparison between 2 times Eakin's time(Past) and our (present) time. Have been shows present and hence incorrect.
B is correct.
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10 Oct 2014, 20:56
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(A) was as disturbing to his own time as it is - SINGULAR
(B) were as disturbing to his own time as they are
(C) has been as disturbing in his own time as they are -- SINGULAR
(D) had been as disturbing in his own time as it was - - SINGULAR
(E) have been as disturbing in his own time as-CONTINUOUS tense
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25 Oct 2014, 00:40
For people like me, who did't know this guy is a painter died in 1916, how to know present perfect should be avoided?
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19 Jul 2015, 07:49
Hi all,
can I ask a silly question ? Would it be correct if we change it option E to "were as disturbing in his own time as"? I think it is still wrong as in this case , we are comparing disturbing to compelling? Thanks all in advance
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19 Jul 2015, 23:33
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True; E is a multiple error choice with a tense, subject-pronoun agreement and comparison issues ; Tinkering with just one of the errors isn't going to help. And even if you emend all the errors in choice E, and make it comparable to B, amusingly it will add more problems with two correct answers for a single problem.
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20 Aug 2015, 02:28
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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26 Nov 2015, 07:15
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Well! His is a possessive pronoun that refers to Thomas Eakins', another possessive pronoun; a possessive referring to another possessive. What is the problem?
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07 Jan 2016, 07:48
Hey all,

I was confused by the idiom "to his own time" and was looking for a solution that would include "in his own time". Obviously, all answer choices with this idiom don't work for reasons mentioned above. Also, since B is correct and no doubt about that, "to his own time" idiom must be correct as well.

The point I'm trying to make is that so far I have never seen idiom "to his time", instead always "in his time". Can someone confirm they can both be used interchangeably?

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22 Jun 2016, 23:49
"AND" when introducing a list of items is always plural.
A and C are out because they are using singular verb -was,has,

B, D and E remaining
D is out because it uses "was" for present tense.
E is out because of parallelism -
X have been as disturbing in his own time as compelling for ours. Wrong
X have been as disturbing in his own time as X (it) is compelling for ours. <----THIS WOULD BE THE CORRECT USAGE
so E is out

Therefore B is correct. CORRECT VERB CORRECT PARALLELISM.

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859. 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
(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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23 Sep 2016, 13:34
LogicGuru1 wrote:
"AND" when introducing a list of items is always plural.
A and C are out because they are using singular verb -was,has,

B, D and E remaining
D is out because it uses "was" for present tense.
E is out because of parallelism -
X have been as disturbing in his own time as compelling for ours. Wrong
X have been as disturbing in his own time as X (it) is compelling for ours. <----THIS WOULD BE THE CORRECT USAGE
so E is out

Therefore B is correct. CORRECT VERB CORRECT PARALLELISM.

gurpreet07 wrote:
859. 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
(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

My reason to eliminate E is - have been. Subject is compound and it happened in the past - so we are looking for something which fits both of these criteria and fulfilled by B
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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.

Issues: Verb form | S-V Agreement

Analysis:
1. The subject of the sentence is plural: 1) Thomas Eakins’ powerful style and 2) his choices of subject. Hence the verb immediately following "-" should be plural (Eliminate A and C)
- The form of the verbs should lead to a logical sentence. One effect occurs in past while another occurs in present and this meaning should be properly conveyed by the correct option

(A) was as disturbing to his own time as it is
- "was" and "it" do not agree with plural subject

(B) were as disturbing to his own time as they are

(C) has been as disturbing in his own time as they are
- "has" here ungrammatically refers to plural subject

(D) had been as disturbing in his own time as it was
- "had been" refers time before a past event which is incorrect here
- "it was" is illogical as "our" time exists in present and should have present tense form

(E) have been as disturbing in his own time as
- "have been as disturbing" distorts the intended meaning

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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

GMATNinja How cold past tense "were" and present tense "are" coexist on the sentence?
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22 Jul 2017, 01:36
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GMATNinja How cold past tense "were" and present tense "are" coexist on the sentence?

Hi hazelnut ,

It is possible. We are comparing two things here:

1. What happened in the past
2. What is happening now.

Example, I am as intelligent as I was when I was 10 years old.

In the given sentence, we are basically saying the disturbing has not changed since Thomas Eakins' time.

Did you see the similar construction?

I hope that makes sense.
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30 Jul 2017, 09:26
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hazelnut wrote:
GMATNinja How cold past tense "were" and present tense "are" coexist on the sentence?

Hi hazelnut ,

It is possible. We are comparing two things here:

1. What happened in the past
2. What is happening now.

Example, I am as intelligent as I was when I was 10 years old.

In the given sentence, we are basically saying the disturbing has not changed since Thomas Eakins' time.

Did you see the similar construction?

I hope that makes sense.

Complete agreement with abhimahna here. In real life, it's 100% normal to speak of different time periods in the same sentence, since we're constantly comparing the past to the present, or the present to the future.

On the GMAT, it's just a question of meaning: do the verb tenses correctly reflect the logical sequence of events? As long as the "mismatched" verb tenses align correctly to events in different time periods, it's all good.

I hope this helps!
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14 Aug 2017, 10:24
B is correct - were, are and pronoun (they) agree with the plural subject.
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22 Sep 2017, 08:22
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Sir, could you pls help in understanding-

in his own time vs to his own time
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Sir, could you pls help in understanding-

in his own time vs to his own time

GMATNinja - i got the same query. I thought in his own time was the right idiom.

To his own time makes it sound like he was jerk to his own time
where as In his own time makes it sound like back in the day, in his time he was a jerk.

I ended up eliminating A n B based on that.
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GMATNinja - i got the same query. I thought in his own time was the right idiom.

To his own time makes it sound like he was jerk to his own time
where as In his own time makes it sound like back in the day, in his time he was a jerk.

I ended up eliminating A n B based on that.

Yeah, that's the trouble with idioms: they're arbitrary and sometimes subjective, so you can't always rely on them.

I actually agree with you in this particular case: "to his own time" seems odd to me in this context. But unless I'm 100% certain about the idiom, I won't make any eliminations based on it. I'll look for ANYTHING else that's more convincing, and will base my eliminations on a not-100%-certain idiom only if I absolutely have to. More on that here: https://gmatclub.com/forum/experts-topi ... 41848.html

And in case you didn't already see it, we also went through the verb tense issues in this question in last Wednesday's YouTube webinar, available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxANHcxwbeM

I hope this helps!
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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 - subject-verb agreement - Thomas Eakins’ powerful style and his choices of subject is a compound subject
(B) were as disturbing to his own time as they are - Correct
(C) has been as disturbing in his own time as they are - same as A
(D) had been as disturbing in his own time as it was - usage of past perfect is incorrect
(E) have been as disturbing in his own time as - usage of present perfect is incorrect

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06 Dec 2017, 17:53
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For people like me, who did't know this guy is a painter died in 1916, how to know present perfect should be avoided?

(Three years later...)

Hello,

As others did, my reasoning ended up on letters B and E. So, I asked the following:

Does the sentence determine the time when that thing (anything at all...) happened?
Yes, it determines that 'something' happened on a specific time: 'his own time'.

Therefore, the time is specified. If the time is specified, one cannot use 'present perfect'.

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