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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. [u][/u]

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

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03 Jun 2012, 00:22
I also selected b, but on closer look, D is the right answer.

The setting in the sentence is the period when the project started, and if you take that into account a past conditional tense seems to be an appropriate choice.
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04 Jun 2012, 10:04
Dammit, i also went for B.

But yeah, D is right.
Coz although is used to create contrast in this context. So, Although X would happen, Y happened.

Dammit, rookie mistake
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04 Jun 2012, 11:44
Is your underlining in the OP correct?
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04 Jun 2012, 17:08
jallenmorris wrote:
Is your underlining in the OP correct?

I'm thinking no, I picked B as a result
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Gotta love those 3/2 splits in the beginning. Get rid of B&E. Eliminate C because of "was being". I'm kind of stuck here between A&D, but it seems as though A flows better, so let's go A...

OA is D.

Anyone have a good explanation on my miss of the tense?
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09 Jun 2012, 11:26
Based on the meaning of the sentence we are creating something in the past with an hypothetical time to do it, then the this was completed.

So looking at would we have A C and D. In A had been is wrong, in C was being so D is correct
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29 Jun 2012, 13:59
hi, noticed that the sentence was in reporting style and hence used the tense sequence as per MGMAT which has either present+future or past+conditional in sequences. here would is conditional and past would be was born
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hi, noticed that the sentence was in reporting style and hence used the tense sequence as per MGMAT which has either present+future or past+conditional in sequences. here would is conditional and past would be was born
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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.

In 1860, the Philological Society launched its effort to create a dictionary that would be more comprehensive than any other dictionary the world had ever seen. So how did it launch the effort? It launched the effort by starting its work on the Oxford English Dictionary. Even if this dictionary was born in 1860, it would take 60 years to be completed.

Error Analysis:

We must keep in mind here that the sentence is talking about all the events that took place in 1860. That’s the time period for this sentence.
This sentence correctly uses the conditional word “would take” because, the dictionary was just born in 1860. It was not completed then. So we are talking about a future event in past. Hence “would take” is absolutely correct. Use of “had been born” is incorrect because past perfect tense is used to denote the earlier of the two events that took place in the past. Past perfect establishes sequence between the two past actions. Here, we don’t have two past actions for 1860. Only the dictionary was born then. It is a general information, which should be written in simple past tense.

POE:

A would take more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary had been: Incorrect for the reason discussed above.

B took more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary was: Incorrect. The context of this sentence is set in 1860. The OED was not completed then. Hence, “took” is not the correct verb tense.

C would take more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary was being: Incorrect. The verb “was being born” suggests that this action was ongoing. This is not correct because the OED was born. The action of taking birth was completed already.

D would take more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary was: Correct.

E took more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary was about to be: Incorrect.
i. This choice repeats the same verb tense error of Choice B.
ii. Verb “about to be born” suggests that the OED was not born yet. This is not the intended meaning. The OED was born.

Hope this helps.
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