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A historian attempting to predict in the 1870's which nation

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A historian attempting to predict in the 1870's which nation would take over world leadership from the British probably would have guesseed Bismarck's Prussia and been quite wrong.


A..

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.
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2005, 18:46
Picked A.

( had got this wrong earlier,so might get it wrong now as well).

Neways,
D and E - don't use a past tense
B - ambiguous "it"

Between C and A , picked A as C has 'would' twice.

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 [#permalink] New post 14 Jul 2005, 09:47
This one's a mind bender.

I am inclined to pick D, as it is the shortest, but D seems to mangle the tense. A seems to be better than the other choices, as it maintains the tense, but I am not sure if "and been quite wrong" is correct.

When in doubt go for the shorter one. D for me.
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Jul 2005, 12:39
A should be it.

Read it like
Would have guessed and would have been wrong.
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Jul 2005, 06:44
Thank you Ritesh,

Would have guessed and would have been wrong makes sense. A has to be the answer
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Jul 2005, 07:37
Not the prefect answer....but yup.."Best Choice"
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