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# In 1713, Alexander Pope began his translation of the Illiad,

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In 1713, Alexander Pope began his translation of the Illiad, a work that, taking him seven years until completion, and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced the greatest translation in any language.

A. his translation of the Illiad, a work that, taking him seven years until completion, and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced
B. his translation of the Illiad, a work that took him seven years to complete and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced
C. his translation of the Illiad, a work that had taken seven years to complete and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced it is
D. translating the Illiad, a work that took seven years until completion and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced it as
E. translating the Illiad, a work that had taken seven years to complete and literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced it
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Between (B) and (D), I will choose (B)

(B): In 1713, Alexander Pope began his translation of the Iliad, a work that took him seven years to complete and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Popeâ€™s contemporary, pronounced the greatest translation in any language.
1. "a work": correctly modifies "his translation"
2. that(work) took him seven years to complete: correct use of Simple past
3. (after restructuring..) literary critic Samuel Johnson, Popeâ€™s contemporary, pronounced (work) the greatest translation in any language.

(A): In 1713, Alexander Pope began his translation of the Iliad, a work that, taking him seven years until completion, and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Popeâ€™s contemporary, pronounced the greatest translation in any language.

"that and that": wrong
"until completion": (of what)

(C) ....his translation of the Iliad, a work that had taken seven years to complete and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Popeâ€™s contemporary, pronounced it as....

"had": since Independent clause is in Simple past, and "intended job" in dependent clause is complete, we should use simple past for dependent clause.

(D): In 1713, Alexander Pope began translating the Iliad, a work that took seven years until completion and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Popeâ€™s contemporary, pronounced it as greatest translation in any language.

"it": seems redundant.
"until completion": not ok.

(E): same as (C)
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A. wrong because coma afetr that is unnecessary and taking him is an unidiomatic expressions.
B. his translation of the Iliad, a work that took him seven years to complete and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Popeâ€™s contemporary, pronounced. ....................nice, clear and proper tense.
C. had taken is not proper sequence of verb.
D. translating the Iliad is not an idiomatic expression.

yes, B.
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20 Feb 2005, 20:59
D for me. translating describes the ongoign process when Alexander Pope took up the task. The phrase 'that took seven years to complete' correctly modifies 'work'.

E uses the past perfect 'had taken' which seems to suggests the work is completed before it began (timeline issue)
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In 1713, Alexander Pope began his translation of the Iliad, a work that, taking him seven years until completion, and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Popeâ€™s contemporary, pronounced the greatest translation in any language.
A. his translation of the Iliad, a work that, taking him seven years until completion, and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Popeâ€™s contemporary, pronounced
B. his translation of the Iliad, a work that took him seven years to complete and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Popeâ€™s contemporary, pronounced
C. his translation of the Iliad, a work that had taken seven years to complete and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Popeâ€™s contemporary, pronounced it as
D. translating the Iliad, a work that took seven years until completion and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Popeâ€™s contemporary, pronounced it as
E. translating the Iliad, a work that had taken seven years to complete and literary critic Samuel Johnson, Popeâ€™s contemporary, pronounced it
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13 Oct 2005, 15:26
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B seems clear and maintains the correct tense - 'took' and 'pronounced'.
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13 Oct 2005, 15:32
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B seems clear and maintains the correct tense - 'took' and 'pronounced'.

his translation of the Alid is it ok?

If not then E is the best choice
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13 Oct 2005, 15:42
ALI1,
It Sounds ok to me. Just like 'I began my work', 'he began his work' - 'he began his translation of X'.
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13 Oct 2005, 16:02
I agree with B.

I prefer "to complete" to "until completion" in general.

A) "taking...until completion" sounds wrong to me
C) "that had taken" and "that...pronounced it as" don't complement each other
D) "and that...pronounced it as" does not sound right
E) difference between "that had taken...years to complete" and "and..pronounced it"
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In 1713, Alexander Pope began his translation of the Iliad, a work that, taking him seven years until completion, and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Popeâ€™s contemporary, pronounced the greatest translation in any language.
A. his translation of the Iliad, a work that, taking him seven years until completion, and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Popeâ€™s contemporary, pronounced
B. his translation of the Iliad, a work that took him seven years to complete and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Popeâ€™s contemporary, pronounced
C. his translation of the Iliad, a work that had taken seven years to complete and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Popeâ€™s contemporary, pronounced it as
D. translating the Iliad, a work that took seven years until completion and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Popeâ€™s contemporary, pronounced it as
E. translating the Iliad, a work that had taken seven years to complete and literary critic Samuel Johnson, Popeâ€™s contemporary, pronounced it

I go for B.
From " that" , it starts a new clause, thus a verb is needed here. A is out!
In C, there's no point to use past perfect tense---> eliminate C.
Begin+V-ing make itself a verb phrase. " Translating" can't be understood to be a Noun here. Thus, D and E are out.
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13 Oct 2005, 21:03
A. seven years until completion? -awkward.
B. Keep
C. pronounced it as- means to say another way, -distorts the meaning
D. Same as A and C
E. use of it is redundant.

Choose B.
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13 Oct 2005, 23:39
nakib77 wrote:
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In 1713, Alexander Pope began his translation of the Iliad, a work that, taking him seven years until completion, and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Popeâ€™s contemporary, pronounced the greatest translation in any language.
A. his translation of the Iliad, a work that, taking him seven years until completion, and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Popeâ€™s contemporary, pronounced
B. his translation of the Iliad, a work that took him seven years to complete and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Popeâ€™s contemporary, pronounced
C. his translation of the Iliad, a work that had taken seven years to complete and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Popeâ€™s contemporary, pronounced it as
D. translating the Iliad, a work that took seven years until completion and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Popeâ€™s contemporary, pronounced it as
E. translating the Iliad, a work that had taken seven years to complete and literary critic Samuel Johnson, Popeâ€™s contemporary, pronounced it

I think we can not use "had taken" here so eliminate E and C. A is also awkward. Only leave B and D.
Pronounced it as: seem unidiomatic...
I vote for B
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14 Oct 2005, 18:22
Even though OA is announced.

I would like to discuss:

How can u begin a noun ? .... (His Translation)

IMO - you can only begin to do a verb !

I chose E for that reason.

Any reasons why begin must not precede a verb ??
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14 Oct 2005, 18:31
good question. B is correct and maintains proper tense....

In 1713, Alexander Pope began his translation of the Iliad, a work that took him seven years to complete and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Popeâ€™s contemporary, pronounced the greatest translation in any language.
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14 Oct 2005, 18:34
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Even though OA is announced. I would like to discuss: How can u begin a noun ? .... (His Translation)
IMO - you can only begin to do a verb ! I chose E for that reason.
Any reasons why begin must not precede a verb ??

E has bad tense and "it" is unnecessary....
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How can u begin a noun ? .... (His Translation

Other choices have some major problems and errors, so we should avoid them first and then what remains, thats correct......
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14 Oct 2005, 21:11
hkm_gmat wrote:
Even though OA is announced.

I would like to discuss:

How can u begin a noun ? .... (His Translation)

IMO - you can only begin to do a verb !

I chose E for that reason.

Any reasons why begin must not precede a verb ??

I think we can use "begin" with either noun or verb or gerund.
with N, for example: Ok, let's begin our lesson today with .....
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23 Jul 2006, 14:42
In 1713, Alexander Pope began his translation of the Iliad, a work that, taking him seven years until completion, and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Popeâ€™s contemporary, pronounced the greatest translation in any language.

A. his translation of the Iliad, a work that, taking him seven years until completion, and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Popeâ€™s contemporary, pronounced
B. his translation of the Iliad, a work that took him seven years to complete and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Popeâ€™s contemporary, pronounced
C. his translation of the Iliad, a work that had taken seven years to complete and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Popeâ€™s contemporary, pronounced it as
D. translating the Iliad, a work that took seven years until completion and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Popeâ€™s contemporary, pronounced it as
E. translating the Iliad, a work that had taken seven years to complete and literary critic Samuel Johnson, Popeâ€™s contemporary, pronounced it
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23 Jul 2006, 17:42
can't go against true guru here but B seems to be the best choice...

btw... what is the idiom with pronounced? can we say "pronounced as"?
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23 Jul 2006, 20:15
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can't go against true guru here but B seems to be the best choice...

btw... what is the idiom with pronounced? can we say "pronounced as"?

yes straight B.

pronounce(d) don't take anything

but when used as present participle (i.e pronouncing) then takes "on"
for example: pronouncing on the issues of the day.

See this:
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/pronounced
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24 Jul 2006, 01:05
Will go with B.

C/D/E have modifier problem. It seems Illiad took seven years to complete.

A is not parallel
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