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During the Renaissance, scholars were uncertain as to the location of Troy, and by the eighteenth century many historians doubted that Troy had ever existed.

(A) doubted that Troy had ever existed
(B) doubt that Troy has ever existed
(C) were in doubt as to the existence of Troy
(D) were doubtful concerning Troy’s existence
(E) had doubts about Troy’s ever existing
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Dec 2005, 09:48
C, the last for today

"were in doubt" isn't fine but correct.

"were uncertain as to the location of Troy"
parallel
"were in doubt as to the existence of Troy"


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 [#permalink] New post 31 Dec 2005, 12:50
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C, the last for today

"were in doubt" isn't fine but correct.

"were uncertain as to the location of Troy"
parallel
"were in doubt as to the existence of Troy"


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scored a Bulls-eye allabout!!

Errors in other sentences:
B) doubt - TE (tense error)
D) doubtful concerning - incorrect -ing usage
E) ever existing - incorrect -ing usage



Other than parallelism, is there any problem with A?
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Dec 2005, 20:23
I choose A. It is obvious that it is down to A and C.

Why not C? ....had ever existed of A is much more concise than the round about.....as to the existence.

OA please.
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Dec 2005, 20:51
Well, the OA is 'A', great job!

"doubt as to" in 'C' is unidiomatic.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Jan 2006, 19:00
Follow up question :

Which is correct ? Please explain USAGE.


DOUBT OVER / DOUBT ABOUT ?
DEBATE OVER / DEBATE ABOUT ?
DECISION OVER / DECISION ABOUT ?
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2006, 13:32
I choose A

B-present tense is wrong
C-passive
D-Passive
E-wrong tense, Troy's existance is more grammatical
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During the Renaissance, scholars were uncertain as to the location of Troy, and by the eighteenth century many historians doubted that Troy had ever existed.

(A) doubted that Troy had ever existed Correct. Past perfect is a right tense.
(B) doubt that Troy has ever existed . Incorrect, simple tense is inapropriate in reference to 18 century.
(C) were in doubt as to the existence of Troy. Too wordy and awkward
(D) were doubtful concerning Troy’s existence Were doubtful about Troy existence
(E) had doubts about Troy’s ever existing. Awkward
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2006, 21:53
hkm_gmat,

DOUBT OVER / DOUBT ABOUT ?
DEBATE OVER / DEBATE ABOUT ?
DECISION OVER / DECISION ABOUT ?quote
Decision to and decision about
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2006, 09:14
I would think C is correct but A sounds just about right too.
But first answer would be C as we are referring to historians so "were"
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