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269. 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 15 Nov 2006, 12:41
The OA is A................how i dunno...........
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2006, 19:34
I think it's "A".

Tense usage in "A" sounds good.
We need past + past perfect here since it talks about the nth century...well in the past.

"A" is definitely better than "C". Construction of "C" does not sound very elegant to my ears.
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2006, 20:28
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I think it's "A".

Tense usage in "A" sounds good.
We need past + past perfect here since it talks about the nth century...well in the past.

"A" is definitely better than "C". Construction of "C" does not sound very elegant to my ears.


Bingo!!! You need the past perfect to indicate a seqence of events. Give me A.
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2006, 21:00
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I think it's "A".

Tense usage in "A" sounds good.
We need past + past perfect here since it talks about the nth century...well in the past.

"A" is definitely better than "C". Construction of "C" does not sound very elegant to my ears.


Thanx, for the explanation cudn't have been better :)
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2006, 01:03
B> use of has- in correct verb

c> in doubt as to > no meaning-not idomatic

d>were doubtful concerning Troy’s existence > use of concerning

E> doubt about--not sure whether is is the right use

Between A& E...

Can anybody explain why A is right?
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Re: SC-location of Troy [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2007, 21:03
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269. 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



Guys, I have question regarding the use of "as to". Where exactly is this phrase used? I think the above sentence could be better modified as

During the renaissance, the scholars were uncertain about the location of troy, .....

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 [#permalink] New post 16 Jun 2007, 02:49
My answer is 'A'

Past Perfect tense...

....scholars WERE uncertain as to the location of Troy.........doubted that Troy HAD ever EXISTED.....
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2007, 06:22
can someone elaborate on the use of as to?
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Re: SC-location of Troy [#permalink] New post 24 May 2010, 14:22
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269. 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 --clear in meaning and used past participle
(B) doubt that Troy has ever existed it should be in past tense
(C) were in doubt as to the existence of Troy troy did not exist in eighteenth century.
(D) were doubtful concerning Troy’s existence same as C
(E) had doubts about Troy’s ever existinggrammatical error in about troy's ever existing

doubted is much better than had doubt, were in doubt and were doubtful. A is much better.
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Re: SC-location of Troy [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2010, 02:15
The correct idiom is doubt that.
So a and b are in.

Next, past tense is used with past perfect tense in GMAT!
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Re: SC-location of Troy [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2010, 17:45
+1 A 8-)
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Re: SC-location of Troy [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2010, 18:11
Etymology
as + to


Preposition
as to
1. With reference or regard to.
As to your earlier question, I don't think I know the answer.
2. according to; in a manner conforming or corresponding to; in proportion.
Sort them as to size and color.


Translations
With reference or regard to
according to


Synonyms
as for
concerning
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Re: SC-location of Troy [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2010, 18:14
What's the source of the question?

I always thought 'as to' was very informal and would be surprised if GMAC made this question.
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