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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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 [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2007, 13:08
I'm thinking A. Ill try to explain my reasoning if this is the correct answer.
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Re: SC: Philological society [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2007, 14:19
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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

Please explain your answers.
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would or took . I think "took" is correct . B
tough to explain this one.
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2007, 14:33
i dont think "had been" is necessary, so i ruled out A.

But btwn B and D, im stuck because i dont know whether 'took' is better than 'would take'
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Re: SC: Philological society [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2007, 19:07
eyunni wrote:
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

Please explain your answers.
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B. It is between B and E but B should be better than E.
Would in ACD doesnot sound good.
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Re: SC: Philological society [#permalink] New post 16 Dec 2007, 00:17
eyunni wrote:
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

Please explain your answers.
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I pick D.

B is wrong because 'took' which is in the simple past requires 'had been born' to convey a past action that took place before another past action.
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Dec 2007, 09:28
what's the OA for this?

Personally, I think its a showdown between B and D!
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Re: SC: Philological society [#permalink] New post 16 Dec 2007, 16:07
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eyunni wrote:
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

Please explain your answers.
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I pick D.

B is wrong because 'took' which is in the simple past requires 'had been born' to convey a past action that took place before another past action.


GK_Gmat, Are you a native speaker? You got that one right. OA is D. But can you/anyone provide a more detailed explanation?
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