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In 1860, the Philological Society launched its effort to create a dictionary more comprehensive than the world had ever seen; although the project would take more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary had been born.
1. would take more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary had been

2. took more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary was

3. would take more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary was being

4. would take more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary was

5. took more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary was about to be


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Re: Philological Society [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2010, 06:06
IMO 2.

Event happened on 1860, and after 60 years, it would be 1920. i.e. it should be past tense which is already happened. Hence the use of "would" does not make sense here. Hence, answer choice 1,3,4 is out.

Now, from 2 and 5, 5 is out because it is wordy with usage of about to be.

Hence, I will go with the option 2.

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Re: Philological Society [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2010, 06:38
Hi,
The word "would" is used in the original sentence to convey a feeling of predictions made in the past that the Oxford English Dictionary will take more than 60 years to complete. I think this is unnecessary. Simple past form is preferred!

Option 5 conveys the idea that the Oxford English Dictionary was about to be born in the year 1860, which is wrong.

Correct option is 2
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Re: Philological Society [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2010, 02:09
This has been discussed before, and I am sorry to disappoint you, but the OA is D!

Am I allowed to link to other forums here?

The basic explanation goes as followes:
- born = started
--> once you get this, it becomes clearer. The Dictionary has first to be started, before it can be completed. Now this means, that the completion has to occour in the future (from a past perspective).
- "was born" therefore needs "would", to indicate the right sequence of events...
(try to turn the sentence around: The Oxford Dictionary was born, BUT the project would take more than 60 years to complete...)

- If you use past tense for both events, you make it appear as if they occured simultaneously, which is not possible/not the intended meaning.

Hope this helps!

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Re: Philological Society [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2010, 07:55
I narrowed to A and D but picked A.

Since the dictionary started before it was completed.....I thought the sentence should be

The dictionary had been born but the project would take more than 60 years to complete. I still dont understand why A is wrong here.
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Re: Philological Society [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2010, 23:16
OA is D. I went for A though. NOt able to understand why.

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