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The distinctive hereditary tartans that are alleged to be [#permalink] New post 10 Mar 2005, 21:32
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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.

(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.

Please explain why other choices are wrong...
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2005, 01:03
(A) that are alleged to be worn
- wrong tense. (to be)

(B) alleged to have been worn
- correct tense. We need 'have been' to suggest the tartans are still being worn today

(C) that are worn, it was alleged.
- clumsy construction

(D) alleged as having been worn
- 'as having' is wrong

(E) that are worn, allegedly.
- 'awkward sounding'

B it is.
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2005, 08:29
"B"...but I think B needs a comma before alleged.
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2005, 16:59
ywilfred wrote:
(D) alleged as having been worn
- 'as having' is wrong

I was confused with (D). Can you tell me why (D) is wrong?
What is difference between "having been.." and "have been.."? Please if possible give some examples.... Thanks...
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2005, 21:00
As far as I know...having been can only be used in a participle phrase ("Having been to Russia, he knew how to speak Russian)

have been is the conjugation of the verb be in the present perfect tense (started in the past and continuing in the present)

I leave the above to be corrected by the gurus! (Paul seems to be busy these days!)
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 [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2005, 09:19
'having' is a present participle, and you cannot express the time difference between two actions using the present participle and a past participle.

To express something in present prefect form, you'll need
has/have + been
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Mar 2005, 07:05
B :)
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B :)

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