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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
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B....

A) tense problem: we speak about the past not about the future
C) tense problem
D) tense problem
E) illogical... was about to be born....
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Go for D.

The birth is in the past, on from that point of vue, the author talks about the completion to happen in the future.
B doesn't make sense : it is not because the dictionnary took 60 years, that it was born.
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dictionary is the project, so if it WAS born, it TOOK x years to complete it.

if the outcome is certain, the past can't be hypothetical (which is what WOULD implies)

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OA is D for the reason karlfurt mentioned
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struggling between B and D....Can't make out the meaning of the sentence...some explaination please!
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