As the decade ---- to wind down, Mark Morris ---- as our century’s youngest great choreographer.
A) has begun / had stoodThis question was taken from KPDS, an official proficiency tets in Turkey. All choices sound, to some extent, weird to me. Which one would you pick? Either D or E is thought to be the right answer in www.dilforum.com , a language forum in Turkish language.
B) will begin / is standing
C) was beginning / has stood
D) begins / stands
E) is beginning / has been standing
Thank you very much for your answer sir, it's helped so much. :)
What if the tenses were present progressive instead of simple, would it be right then too?
As the decade is beginning to wind down, Mark Morris is standing as our century’s youngest great choreographer.
It's ok* like this, it doesn't really work with "is standing". However the simple present "begins" is better.
"ok*" = acceptable, but not the best way to put it.