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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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Re: SC [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2008, 13:26
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Between B and D. I think it is D.

1860 the Philological Society launched its effort || the Oxford English Dictionary was born - past indefinite.
(before 1860) the world had ever seen - past perfect
(after 1860) the project would take more than 60 years to complete - future in the past
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Re: SC [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2008, 13:36
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I like walker's logic - D


But I'm not sure. SC is my weakest point. :ninja
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Re: SC [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2008, 14:23
I like walker's logic toooo...OA is D

took me more than 5 minutes and I still couldn't get it...but then english was never my strong point

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maratikus wrote:
I like walker's logic - D


But I'm not sure. SC is my weakest point. :ninja


I know, both of us are not native speakers.
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Re: SC [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2008, 23:31
A: would take more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary had been [Why need to have past perfect tense – eliminate it]
B: took more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary was [ Both verbs in simple past, it is difficult to identify which action completed first – eliminate it]
C: would take more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary was being [Why to have past progressive form – eliminate it]
D: would take more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary was [Hold it]

E: took more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary was about to be [Difficult to identify the action – eliminate it]


Answer: D
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