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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

https://www.nytimes.com/1983/01/02/books/disturbing-once-compelling-now.html

His uncompromising realism and exacting scrutiny of the human situation give a clue to his growing appeal today. The recent currents in realism attracting our artists and the anxieties permeating modern society have together opened our eyes afresh to Eakins's powerful style of painting, as disturbing to his own time as it is compelling for ours. American art has generally felt most comfortable with the modes of realism, and Eakins has emerged as the anchor of that tradition. His choices of subject - the advances in modern surgery, the discipline of sport, the strains on individuals in tension with society or even with themselves - also link his world with our own.

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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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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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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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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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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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(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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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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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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"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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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

Answer: (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.

(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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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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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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Sir, could you pls help in understanding-

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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

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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 simple case of S-V agreement and tense form

(A) Was as disturbing to his own time as it is --- As it is -- both the pronoun and the verb are, wrong the subject is a compound subject X and Y.
(B) were as disturbing to his own time as they are --- correct choice.
(C) has been as disturbing in his own time as they are--- 'has been' S-V error
(D) had been as disturbing in his own time as it was -- -'It was' - both S-V and sub-pronoun error.
(E) have been as disturbing in his own time as ---Present perfect is wrong to denote something that happened in the past.

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