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Author:  Bunuel [ 12 Oct 2022, 00:30 ]
Post subject:  In the mid-1930s, Benny Goodman led one of the most popular musical

In the mid-1930s, Benny Goodman led one of the most popular musical groups in America, and in 1938 it performed at a concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City, a performance described by critic Lofgren Hayes as more important to popular music concert history than any other single performance up to that point.

(A) than
(B) than was
(C) than was of
(D) as were those of
(E) than were


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Author:  Miun [ 14 Oct 2022, 05:50 ]
Post subject:  Re: In the mid-1930s, Benny Goodman led one of the most popular musical

It's A, right?

B and C make me want to throw up a little bit.
D and E make me uncomfortable.

Author:  gloomybison [ 18 Oct 2022, 05:07 ]
Post subject:  In the mid-1930s, Benny Goodman led one of the most popular musical

Dear MartyTargetTestPrep

"a performance described by critic Lofgren Hayes as more important to popular music concert history than any other single performance up to that point."

In this sentence, I believe comparison is being made between the importance levels of performances (the very performance evaluated by Hayes and other performances ever existed)

so basically comparison is pretty much--> a performance...more important...than any other performance...

so my question is that we say "something is important" and we use "to be" as verb. So is it wrong to say
"a performance...more important...than was any other performance"?

Thank you for your help!

Author:  MartyTargetTestPrep [ 18 Oct 2022, 05:27 ]
Post subject:  In the mid-1930s, Benny Goodman led one of the most popular musical

gloomybison wrote:
Dear MartyTargetTestPrep

"a performance described by critic Lofgren Hayes as more important to popular music concert history than any other single performance up to that point."

In this sentence, I believe comparison is being made between the importance levels of performances (the very performance evaluated by Hayes and other performances ever existed)

so basically comparison is pretty much--> a performance...more important...than any other performance...

so my question is that we say "something is important" and we use "to be" as verb. So is it wrong to say
"a performance...more important...than was any other performance"?

Thank you for your help!

It could make sense to describe something as more important than any other x was, but in the context of this sentence, the use of "was" results in tense issues.

The main tense issue results from that fact that Lofgren Hayes would have been describing the current importance to popular music concert history of various performances. So, at the time, Lofgren Hayes was saying, essentially, "This performance IS more important to music history than any other performance IS," not "This performance IS more important to music history than any other performance WAS."

After all, the other performances would still have been part of history. Things do not stop being part of history.

So, it doesn't make sense to say, "described by critic Lofgren Hayes as more important to popular music concert history than any other single performance WAS," because when Lofgren Hayes said that, the other performances were important to music history to whatever degree they were. They had not ceased to have whatever importance they had.

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