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# A historian attempting to predict in the 1870's which nation

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08 Jun 2005, 10:48
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A historian attempting to predict in the 1870's which nation would take over world leadership from the British probably would have guessed Bismarck's Prussia and been quite wrong.

A. have guessed Bismarck's Prussia and been
B. have guessed that it would have been Bismarck's Prussia and he would
be
C. have guessed Birmarck's Prussia and would be
D. guess Bismarck's Prussia and be
E. guess that it would be Bismarck's Prussia and would have been

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08 Jun 2005, 11:46
got with E....

just makes the sentence simpiler..

though A looks OK too..

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08 Jun 2005, 13:00
A is correct. Can anybody explain why other choices ARE WRONG.

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08 Jun 2005, 19:27
it should be A, using POE. Rest except A have tense problem and are in parallel form.

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A historian attempting to predict in the 1870's which nation would take over world leadership from the British probably would have guessed Bismarck's Prussia and been quite wrong.

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08 Jun 2005, 20:30
A. have guessed Bismarck's Prussia and been

B. have guessed that it would have been Bismarck's Prussia and he would
be
- it has no preceddent

C. have guessed Birmarck's Prussia and would be
- 'be' is in the wrong tense

D. guess Bismarck's Prussia and be
- 'be' is in the wrong tense

E. guess that it would be Bismarck's Prussia and would have been
- it has no precedent

A by POE. We need 'have gussed' as it's a fact that the historian would guess this way and the fact stays as it is today. I think the 'been' at the back goes with the 'have' at the front to form 'have been'

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08 Jun 2005, 20:30
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