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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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09 Oct 2012, 01:23
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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

A,C,E are out due to tense issue.
D--> would take is incorrect. since we are talking about a process that has happened in the past would cannot be used.
Bremains with the proper sentence formation.
Hence IMO b...WATS the OA?
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09 Oct 2012, 01:24
monikaleoster 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

I picked B..Can some explain this one?
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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

Very difficult question, I think this is
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"born" is being used as a metaphor (of course, since a dictionary can't literally be born ). In this case "born" means it was started. Logically, the start needs to occur before the completion.

A. Had been is incorrect. It means the dictionary was created before the launch of the effort.
B. two simple past tense (took and was born) indicates both essentially happened at around the same time. That means the dictionary was created at the same time it was started. That is NOT the case. In fact it happened 60 years after that. So we need "had been born" in this sentence
C. was being born is awkward. It means that the starting event of creating the dictionary is an ongoing process, which most certainly is not.
E. about to be born is incorrect. this means that the "birth" of the oxford dictionary happened after it was created. Not logical.

D. Correct option. "would" is not simple past. It is a conditional verb which goes fine with simple past "was born" unlike option B.
Hope this helps.
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monikaleoster 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

Very difficult question, I think this is
Again Kudos to manhattan gmat!
"born" is being used as a metaphor (of course, since a dictionary can't literally be born ). In this case "born" means it was started. Logically, the start needs to occur before the completion.

A. Had been is incorrect. It means the dictionary was created before the launch of the effort.
B. two simple past tense (took and was born) indicates both essentially happened at around the same time. That means the dictionary was created at the same time it was started. That is NOT the case. In fact it happened 60 years after that. So we need "had been born" in this sentence
C. was being born is awkward. It means that the starting event of creating the dictionary is an ongoing process, which most certainly is not.
E. about to be born is incorrect. this means that the "birth" of the oxford dictionary happened after it was created. Not logical.

D. Correct option. "would" is not simple past. It is a conditional verb which goes fine with simple past "was born" unlike option B.
Hope this helps.
Souvik

Good Explanation!

tough one though.
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17 Oct 2013, 04:45
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monikaleoster 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

Very difficult question, I think this is
Again Kudos to manhattan gmat!
"born" is being used as a metaphor (of course, since a dictionary can't literally be born ). In this case "born" means it was started. Logically, the start needs to occur before the completion.

A. Had been is incorrect. It means the dictionary was created before the launch of the effort.
B. two simple past tense (took and was born) indicates both essentially happened at around the same time. That means the dictionary was created at the same time it was started. That is NOT the case. In fact it happened 60 years after that. So we need "had been born" in this sentence
C. was being born is awkward. It means that the starting event of creating the dictionary is an ongoing process, which most certainly is not.
E. about to be born is incorrect. this means that the "birth" of the oxford dictionary happened after it was created. Not logical.

D. Correct option. "would" is not simple past. It is a conditional verb which goes fine with simple past "was born" unlike option B.
Hope this helps.
Souvik

Nice explanation. Tough one for sure.! Thanks
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