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Students in the early 1960's were taught that electons orbit

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Students in the early 1960's were taught that electons orbit [#permalink] New post 21 Oct 2004, 13:14
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7. Students in the early 1960's were taught that electons orbit the nucleus
of an atom and __ the path of this orbit was __ circular.

(a) the path of this orbit was
(b) the path of this orbit is
(c) the path of this orbit has been
(d) that the path of this orbit is
(e) that the path of the orbit was
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Re: SC - Electron Orbit [#permalink] New post 21 Oct 2004, 13:29
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7. Students in the early 1960's were taught that electons orbit the nucleus
of an atom and __ the path of this orbit was __ circular.

(a) the path of this orbit was
(b) the path of this orbit is
(c) the path of this orbit has been
(d) that the path of this orbit is
(e) that the path of the orbit was


Sentence: students...blah...were taught that X and that Y .

X & Y need to be in present tense cause they are facts even though the whole event happens in teh past.

Ans: d
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2004, 05:07
OA is D.

I originally went with E because I remembered a rule that said that scientific theory is presented in the present tense unless it is shown to be false. However, I guess that the need for "orbit" and "is" to be in the same tense is overriding in this case?
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2004, 09:01
Good question, I originally went w/ E as I thougth the sentence was in the past, but good point about the scientific theory begin in the present unless proven false.
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