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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
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2006, 01:12
My choice is C...

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
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Re: SC - Troy - punnu [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2006, 02:53
Priyah wrote:
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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
sounds the best
(B) doubt that Troy has ever existed
wrong tense
(C) were in doubt as to the existence of Troy
sounds awkward
(D) were doubtful concerning Troy’s existence
sounds awkward


For the same reason A. :wink:
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2006, 14:53
Yeah I go with A

THe parallelism that is expressed by the person picking C is overridden by the wordiness and awkwardness of C
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2006, 15:30
I discarded A on the basis of this:

There is little doubt that...
There is a doubt whether.....


When 'doubt' is used in negative sense, it is followed by 'that'
Otherwise it is followed by 'whether'

Please let me know what you think of it?
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