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22. A historian attempting to predict in the 1870's which [#permalink]
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22. A historian attempting to predict in the 1870's which nation would take over world leadership from the British probably would have guessed Bismarck's Prussia and been quite wrong.
(A) have guessed Bismarck's Prussia and been
(B) have guessed that it would have been Bismarck's Prussia and he would be
(C) have guessed Bismarck's Prussia and would be
(D) guess Bismarck's Prussia and be
(E) guess that it would be Bismarck's Prussia and would have been
As always, it is nice to have good explanations with the answer.
ok, here the author talks about the past.
E and D talk as if talking about the future..
C the first part of the sentence is ok, but the latter half..."would be"....
would is unnecessary here....
would " have guessed prussia" and (would)"be wrong"
i hope the distinction is clear.
B Bad usage...too many "woulds" in there...unnecessarily wordy...also "he "is definitely uncalled for...historian can be a female.
A. correct parallelism....would "have guessed" and "be"
MY answer : A
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