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

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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 Bismarck'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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OA is A however I think D makes more sense. This is because the historian is "attempting" to predict so the action is happening in the present. Am I wrong here? Thanks.
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28 Jul 2009, 13:18
Well it did mention historian attempt to predict in the 1870s...so it would have happened in the past
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28 Jul 2010, 09:20
Please can anyone tell me the reason My answer was E but OA is something else.....
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28 Jul 2010, 11:37
is it A

The sentence is predicting about future in the past.

A historian attempting to predict in the 1870's........would have guessed Prussia and would have been quite wrong.

It is okay to drop "would have" in the second part as it is understood.
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20 Aug 2010, 12:26
bipolarbear wrote:
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 Bismarck'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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OA is A however I think D makes more sense. This is because the historian is "attempting" to predict so the action is happening in the present. Am I wrong here? Thanks.

bipolarbear, I was right there with you until I broke the sentence down a bit. "Attempting" is not actually a verb here. Just look at what happens if we shorten the sentence: "A historian attempting to predict in the 1870's which nation would take over world leadership from the British". Here, you can see clearly that "attempting to predict" is an adjective of historian. Therefore, we revert back to the "have guessed" options and "A" is the correct choice!

Trust me, this one took me awhile and I had the same thought process as you. Hope this helps though!
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21 Aug 2010, 05:46
seekmba wrote:
is it A

The sentence is predicting about future in the past.

A historian attempting to predict in the 1870's........would have guessed Prussia and would have been quite wrong.

It is okay to drop "would have" in the second part as it is understood.

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despite knowing the role of when to repeat the verb and when not to I stil picked the wrong one ... pray ot doesnot happen on the G DAY
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