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

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Re: SC - Historian [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2011, 00:04
I will go with C, what is the source of this question?
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Re: SC - Historian [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2011, 00:05
I am really not convinced with the explanation provided.
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Re: SC - Historian [#permalink] New post 19 Nov 2011, 01:14
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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 guessed Bismarck's Prussia and been quite wrong.

(A) have guessed Bismarck's Prussia and (would)been ->no need to specify would again.
(B) have guessed that it would have been Bismarck's Prussia and he would be ->tense order should be reversed
(C) have guessed Bismarck's Prussia and would be
->needs would have been->this action is some where after the past(i.e. in the future of the past) but before the present.
(D) guess Bismarck's Prussia and be
(E) guess that it would be Bismarck's Prussia and would have been


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Re: A historian attempting to predict in the 1870's which nation [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2012, 05:57
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The action must take in past hence D and E are out immediately.
Now we have to keep the sequence of events in mind. Both action are hypothetical and must take in past. Moreover, prediction has to be earlier action.
So the sequence is 1) guessing--->2)result whether the prediction is correct or not
since the prediction would have take placed in between present and hypothetical past, the same goes for the result.
Hence would have guessed and would have been quite wrong is correct.
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