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Thomas Eakins's 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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I think is B. We need plural "Thomas Eakins's powerful style and his choices of subject", so only B and E remain. I think we don't need a perfect tense, so i chose B.

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I think is B. We need plural "Thomas Eakins's powerful style and his choices of subject", so only B and E remain. I think we don't need a perfect tense, so i chose B.


B it is Alex.

When do we use perfect past/present tense ?
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Thomas Eakins's 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


Between B and E i prefer B too since E unnecessarily uses have been

hence we can eliminate E
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B

It requires a plural verb.
I thought the sentence was comparing past period to present, so 'were' and 'are' was ok.

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First, we need 'to' to make it snesible 'disturbing in his own time.....compelling for ours.' doesn't make sense.
So options left are A and B
We need plural 'were' not singular 'was'. So B it is.

Now, When do we use perfect past/present tense ?

Past perfect- we use this form of tense when two action were finished in the past and one happened before others. In the given sentence there are not two finished actions, which occured in past, involves. were disturbing to his own time.....are compelling to ours


Present Perfect- we use this form of tense when an action originated in the past but still relevent or ongoing in the Present. Now in the given sentence, there are two different things are invloved. one occured in the past (were as disturbing to his own time) and the other is occuring in the present (they are compelling for ours.)
This is not the same action but two different action so it is not the case of perfact tense.

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First, we need 'to' to make it snesible 'disturbing in his own time.....compelling for ours.' doesn't make sense.
So options left are A and B
We need plural 'were' not singular 'was'. So B it is.

Now, When do we use perfect past/present tense ?

Past perfect- we use this form of tense when two action were finished in the past and one happened before others. In the given sentence there are not two finished actions, which occured in past, involves. were disturbing to his own time.....are compelling to ours


Present Perfect- we use this form of tense when an action originated in the past but still relevent or ongoing in the Present. Now in the given sentence, there are two different things are invloved. one occured in the past (were as disturbing to his own time) and the other is occuring in the present (they are compelling for ours.)

This is not the same action but two different action so it is not the case of perfact tense.


Thanks rishi :) +1

I am not able to understand why "to" is preferred over "in" here ....
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