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# Right Answer Sounds Like A Run-On?

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15 Jul 2003, 08:20
Even the closest choice sounds like a run-on?

25. The distinctive hereditary tartans (that are alleged to
be worn )since antiquity by members of the Highland
clans were in fact designed by Scottish woolen
manufacturers in the eighteenth and nineteenth
centuries.
I think since antiquity shouldn't be there but this is GMAT Plus.
(A) that are alleged to be worn
(B) alleged to have been worn
(C) that are worn, it was alleged.
(D) alleged as having been worn
(E) that are worn, allegedly.
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15 Jul 2003, 16:03
Sounds like (B), where is the run-on...?
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15 Jul 2003, 16:28
B is clear to me.
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15 Jul 2003, 18:03
Would you explain?
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15 Jul 2003, 21:18
alleged to have been worn ---- demonstrates the idea that the descibed activity took place in the eighteenth and nineteenth
centuries.
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17 Jul 2003, 00:51
stolyar wrote:
alleged to have been worn ---- demonstrates the idea that the descibed activity took place in the eighteenth and nineteenth
centuries.

I don't think that is true. I think you mean that it demonstrates that the described activity was alleged to have taken place "since antiquity". However, "have been" has a stronger implication than this. It also implies that the activity which took place in the past has continued up to the present (and may be still continuing).

Compare:
I have been taking French lessons and my French has improved considerably.
I had been taking French lessons and my French has improved considerably.
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17 Jul 2003, 01:03
Is it OK to say:

She is belived to have worn this turquoise necklace since her marriage.
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17 Jul 2003, 01:12
SC is my worst subject, but it sounds ok to me..
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17 Jul 2003, 17:28
The tartan is still worn today; this concept is called Present Perfect. Ask CEO to stop flirting and write down the grammar concepts we need.

It should be to "have been wearing"

I will call you Igor from now on; maybe you look like Anna Kournikova
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17 Jul 2003, 17:31
I think that since antiquity is a typo from the GMAT Plus:

What you think, jesse?
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17 Jul 2003, 23:07
Curly05 wrote:
The tartan is still worn today; this concept is called Present Perfect. Ask CEO to stop flirting and write down the grammar concepts we need.

It should be to "have been wearing"

I will call you Igor from now on; maybe you look like Anna Kournikova

You are right in the above example, but it is not SO simple.

The proper verb tense in similar sentences can be different due to mood and voice.

She is believed to have been wearing the sweater since..... (Active voice)
It is believed that the sweater has been worn by her since ..... (Passive voice -- btw, this is the structure of the problem.)
We require that the sweater be worn by her at all times. (passive subjunctive)
We requre that she wear the sweater at all times. (active subjunctive)
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08 Sep 2007, 16:55
AkamaiBrah wrote:
The proper verb tense in similar sentences can be different due to mood and voice.

She is believed to have been wearing the sweater since..... (Active voice)
It is believed that the sweater has been worn by her since ..... (Passive voice -- btw, this is the structure of the problem.)
We require that the sweater be worn by her at all times. (passive subjunctive)
We requre that she wear the sweater at all times. (active subjunctive)

nice.

OA is B.
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