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What is as remarkable as Shostakovich's writing of a caustically satirical musical in the Soviet Union of the 1950's was the fact that then-Premier Nikita Khrushchev allowed the show to be produced.

A.What is as remarkable as Shostakovich's writing of a caustically satirical musical in the Soviet Union of the 1950's
B.The thing that has been as remarkable as Shostakovich's writing of a caustically satirical musical in the Soviet Union of the 1950's
C.No less remarkable than Shostakovich's writing of a caustically satirical musical in the Soviet Union of the 1950's
D.Shostakovich's writing of a caustically satirical musical in the Soviet Union of the 1950's has been no less remarkable than
E.Shostakovich's writing of a caustically satirical musical in the Soviet Union of the 1950's has been no less remarkable as
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Interesting problem. I don't like A because of the What is/was break. B/D/E are clearly wrong because of the "has been". Leaves C. OA. However, I'm actually wondering if the what is/was break is grammatically incorrect. Anyone know for sure? Either way, C is clearly a better phrase which makes it the obvious choice.
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Interesting problem. I don't like A because of the What is/was break. B/D/E are clearly wrong because of the "has been". Leaves C. OA. However, I'm actually wondering if the what is/was break is grammatically incorrect. Anyone know for sure? Either way, C is clearly a better phrase which makes it the obvious choice.



pls explain, why "has been" in b,d and e is wrong. this question is similar to a question in og10. but the og explanation as usually, is not enough detail.

I am happy to see the a person with V47 said that this is hard one. I see it very hard.
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Interesting problem. I don't like A because of the What is/was break. B/D/E are clearly wrong because of the "has been". Leaves C. OA. However, I'm actually wondering if the what is/was break is grammatically incorrect. Anyone know for sure? Either way, C is clearly a better phrase which makes it the obvious choice.



pls explain, why "has been" in b,d and e is wrong. this question is similar to a question in og10. but the og explanation as usually, is not enough detail.

I am happy to see the a person with V47 said that this is hard one. I see it very hard.


Hi Mate,
B,D and E are wrong because the time reference in the intended sentence meaning is 1950's - the comparison between "allowed" to "produced" - thus clearly the referent is past event. So, we cannot use has been....
Simple past "was" complements "allowed" best

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The setting of both the events of writing the satire and premiers allowing occurred in the past; While one of them is correctly marked in a past tense, there is no justification for the other one to be expressed in a present or present perfect. That is the reason choices A, B, D and E are invalid. C tactfully avoids the reference to the shift of tense and prevails.
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