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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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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


tenses are jumping here. second statement requires past tense here. B, E left.

E - 'to be' passtive voice.

B - best choice.
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B since the non underlined part is in past perfect tense. The Oxford dictionary was formed after the setting up of the society hence it should be in simple past tense.
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I agree w/ B

"took" and "was" agrees with "launched"
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Since it was something that happened in the past. I think answer should be B.
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