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# A historian attempting to predict in the 1870s 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

Can somebody please explain why OA is A?
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13 Jun 2010, 01:50
Here we are trying to predict the historian's guess.

1. Historian's guess is in past tense. So, "would have+<past tense>"
2. the guess going wrong is the present tense, so "been".

The other thing is no other option rightly expresses these changes in the tense.

Just an amateur guess. Would like to hear from the experts.
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13 Jun 2010, 05:36
As rightly said by Vijay: 1. Historian's guess is in past tense. So, "would have+<past tense>"

So we are down to A, B, C

Prussia did not become the powerful nation after the British of 1870([color=#FFFFFF]I would say the US if it does not create any political controversy and Prussia is no longer there , so Would Be a conditional is wrong.

So A
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