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

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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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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


compound subject is plural- hence A & D out.

C is out as it uses singular has

I don't see a need for continuous tense. E is out

B remains

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"his choices of subject" requires "were"

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I have a question here...what is wrong with E?

B suggests that choices (were/have been) disturbing in his time as well as our time, what about the time in between these both? E clearly shows that.

let's say Period of Thomas was 1816-1900 and our period is 1990-2020. what about the period between 1901-1989. As per B choices were not disturbing and according to E those were. So which one is correct?

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B is he answer as the question in question :) is refering to two things so plural form will be used. As the question talks about present tense so are.

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“Thomas Eakins’ powerful style and his choices of subject” is a plural subject and require a plural verb. So choice A, C and D are out.

The first event happened in the past and the second event is occurring in the present. So the tense should reflect the occurrence. Hence the first verb should be in past tense and second verb should be present tense. So choice E is out

So the answer is B

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“Thomas Eakins’ powerful style and his choices of subject” is a plural subject and require a plural verb. So choice A, C and D are out.

The first event happened in the past and the second event is occurring in the present. So the tense should reflect the occurrence. Hence the first verb should be in past tense and second verb should be present tense. So choice E is out

So the answer is B


In choice B

were as disturbing to his own time

whether disturning 'to' his own time is correct, i thought it should be disturbing in his own time

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The easiest way would be Thomas Eakins’ powerful style ..blah bla blah - "WERE"....

example: these many things ......were...there.....

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Option E has tense problem even it is plural.

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Between B & E i went with B. B sounds better. E does connects well with the rest of the sentence

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I have the same doubt as ISBTarget ! "Disturbing to his own time" is this right ? Disturbing in his own time sounds better ..

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Between B and E,the comparison element is missing in E.
B clearly has reference they are. Hence better.

have been is not necessary here.
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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 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



I am not convinced with answer b being correct because :
disturbing to his own time : sounds incorrect
E also has this : as disturbing ....as compelling parallelism which b lacks.
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Agree with B.

The parallelism is between two correlative ideas:
1) powerful style and choices of subject were disturbing to his time
2) powerful style and choices of subject are compelling for our time

Hence the second part of parallelism must contain "they are" to keep the parallelism intact. (they refers to "powerful style and choices of subject")
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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.
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It is a tense issue and we require past progressive tense, plural and hence 'were'. Only option E uses were.
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This may help someone:

I ignored the portion between the dashes and when I read just the other portion, the answer became very apparent.

GMAC is trying to distract you with irrelevant details.

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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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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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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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