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During the first one hundred fifty years of the exis¬tence of this republic, no one expected the press was fair; newspapers were mostly shrill, scurrilous, and partisan.
(A) was
(B) to be
(C) of being
(D) should be
(E) had to be
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I think it's B. Expected to be is the correct idiom.

I can see A may be tempting because of the simple past tense. However, if we dissect the second part of the sentence, No one is the subject, expected to be is the verb. And we do not need another verb, i.e. was.

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Re: During the first one hundred fifty years of the exis¬tence [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2012, 08:03
I am bit confused to choose between A and B. Others are straight way incorrect.

Though I'll prefer B to A, I am not sure why A is wrong.

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Re: During the first one hundred fifty years of the exis tence [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2012, 10:34
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I think it's B. Expected to be is the correct idiom.

I can see A may be tempting because of the simple past tense. However, if we dissect the second part of the sentence, No one is the subject, expected to be is the verb. And we do not need another verb, i.e. was.

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The second part of the sentence is "No one expected the press ....... fair", is expected alone is not verb for the subject "No one" and the press is object of it so is it not require any verb?
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Re: During the first one hundred fifty years of the exis tence [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2012, 19:36
B

The correct idiom is expect to be
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Re: During the first one hundred fifty years of the exis tence [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2012, 19:56
competition betweeb A and B.
I'll also go with B. Correct Idiom.
In absence of B, will go with A( being best out of rest)
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