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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.

a)would take more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary had been

b)took more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary was

c)would take more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary was being

d)would take more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary was

e)took more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary was about to be
I have certain confusions here:
a)why is the usage of 'would' correct here
b)OE for (b) states the following"This choice changes both the first and second verbs to simple past ("took" and "was born," respectively). In this circumstance, we have two events that took place at different times in the past, which requires use of the past perfect to indicate which event happened first. The dictionary's "birth" obviously happens before its completion, so correct usage would be that the "Dictionary had been born."
BUT I FEEL THAT,AFTER 60 YRS OF EFFORTS THE DICTIONARY WAS BORN,SO IT MUST BE 'HAD TAKEN...WAS BORN'
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I got this answer as B.....but it turned out that D is the correct option. Explanations as given in the following link are:

EXPLANATION:
a.) Use of past perfect tense is wrong. Only a simple past is required to denote an event that occurred at one point of time in the past
b.) In 1860, it did not taken 60 years to complete. It just stared then. . Meaning is altered here.
c.) Use of the progressive was being is awkward
d.) Right choice. In 1860, the project would take 60 years and at the point the project was born Smugly fitting in with theme of the author
e.) It did not take 60 years in 1860.

SOURCE: http://www.gmatclubindia.com/index.php?topic=104.0

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27 Jun 2011, 04:15
BUT I FEEL THAT,AFTER 60 YRS OF EFFORTS THE DICTIONARY WAS BORN,SO IT MUST BE 'HAD TAKEN...WAS BORN'

I agree with you adhithya. "D" is like saying child was born at the start of gestation period. Bologna!!!
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29 Jun 2011, 18:26
Tough one. Did not get the right answer...Had a learned friend take a crack at it -- who thinks -- the "born" refers to the start of the project..not the end. Interesting take. Explains why some of the answer choices are incorrect.

This also feels like a slightly tricked up question.
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05 Jul 2011, 19:07
Was confused between B and D. Went with D. This sentence sounds right out a history book. And i read plenty of those.
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09 Jul 2011, 12:29
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I got this answer as B.....but it turned out that D is the correct option. Explanations as given in the following link are:

EXPLANATION:
a.) Use of past perfect tense is wrong. Only a simple past is required to denote an event that occurred at one point of time in the past
b.) In 1860, it did not taken 60 years to complete. It just stared then. . Meaning is altered here.
c.) Use of the progressive was being is awkward
d.) Right choice. In 1860, the project would take 60 years and at the point the project was born Smugly fitting in with theme of the author
e.) It did not take 60 years in 1860.

SOURCE: http://www.gmatclubindia.com/index.php?topic=104.0

Hope it helps a bit.....

Thanks for the link...the explanation serves to clears many doubts
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25 Sep 2014, 00:01
"would" is used if an action started in the past but the result will be seen in the future. But this future time has already passed in the context of this sentence.
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Request you to not to post answers/queries/views in question window. This prevents us to analyze the question. The whole purpose of GMAT Club forums is wasted doing so. You have response windows to do all such things.
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18 Sep 2015, 06:39
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.

a)would take more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary had been

b)took more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary was

c)would take more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary was being

d)would take more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary was

e)took more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary was about to be
I have certain confusions here:
a)why is the usage of 'would' correct here
b)OE for (b) states the following"This choice changes both the first and second verbs to simple past ("took" and "was born," respectively). In this circumstance, we have two events that took place at different times in the past, which requires use of the past perfect to indicate which event happened first. The dictionary's "birth" obviously happens before its completion, so correct usage would be that the "Dictionary had been born."
BUT I FEEL THAT,AFTER 60 YRS OF EFFORTS THE DICTIONARY WAS BORN,SO IT MUST BE 'HAD TAKEN...WAS BORN'

when you see many tenses in the verb , think of sequence of tense.

think simple of this topic

did, have done, happen before do
do happen before will

very simple, THREE CASES ABOVE, dont read gramamr book for this topic or the book lead you to the too complex place.

apply THREE RULE ABOVE
choice a
had done and would go togetther, no logic. we need "did" to make "would" correct, and to make "had done" correct. goodbye A
took and was happen at the same time, not logic. we need a sequence, two actions not at the same time. goodbye b
in C, the same as in B. "was" dose not change the case in B
in E, very not logic, the latter action make happen first, terribly no logic

D ok.

very hard

when we do sc, we have to learn many grammar rules we do not know, but sc test logic and so, we have to think that our grammar is ok already to focus on meaning analysis. doing meaning analysis, we realize the meaing error and mechanical errors will appear to us easily
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