It is currently 20 Sep 2017, 13:30

### GMAT Club Daily Prep

#### Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

# Events & Promotions

###### Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

# During the Renaissance, scholars were uncertain as to the

Author Message
TAGS:

### Hide Tags

Manager
Joined: 09 Jun 2009
Posts: 213

Kudos [?]: 317 [0], given: 6

During the Renaissance, scholars were uncertain as to the [#permalink]

### Show Tags

03 Nov 2009, 13:54
00:00

Difficulty:

35% (medium)

Question Stats:

60% (00:55) correct 40% (01:07) wrong based on 68 sessions

### HideShow timer Statistics

269. During the Renaissance, scholars were uncertain as to the location of Troy, and by the eighteenth century many historians doubted that Troy had ever existed.
(A) doubted that Troy had ever existed
(B) doubt that Troy has ever existed
(C) were in doubt as to the existence of Troy
(D) were doubtful concerning Troy’s existence

can we discuss this one plz?
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

Kudos [?]: 317 [0], given: 6

Intern
Joined: 03 Nov 2009
Posts: 22

Kudos [?]: 4 [0], given: 1

### Show Tags

03 Nov 2009, 20:19
During the Renaissance, scholars were uncertain as to the location of Troy, and by the eighteenth century many historians doubted that Troy had ever existed.
(A) doubted that Troy had ever existed
(B) doubt that Troy has ever existed
(C) were in doubt as to the existence of Troy
(D) were doubtful concerning Troy’s existence

by the 18th century many historians...(action completed in the past=simple past tense)

A

Kudos [?]: 4 [0], given: 1

Manager
Joined: 24 Sep 2009
Posts: 109

Kudos [?]: 21 [0], given: 2

### Show Tags

03 Nov 2009, 21:03
papillon86 wrote:
269. During the Renaissance, scholars were uncertain as to the location of Troy, and by the eighteenth century many historians doubted that Troy had ever existed.
(A) doubted that Troy had ever existed
(B) doubt that Troy has ever existed
(C) were in doubt as to the existence of Troy
(D) were doubtful concerning Troy’s existence

can we discuss this one plz?

C is parallel with the main clause.
"were in doubt" // "were uncertain"
"as to the existence of Troy" // "as to the location of Troy"
_________________

http://www.online-stopwatch.com/
http://gmatsentencecorrection.blogspot.com/

Kudos [?]: 21 [0], given: 2

Senior Manager
Joined: 18 Aug 2009
Posts: 299

Kudos [?]: 346 [0], given: 9

### Show Tags

03 Nov 2009, 21:13
Gogoplata wrote:
During the Renaissance, scholars were uncertain as to the location of Troy, and by the eighteenth century many historians doubted that Troy had ever existed.
(A) doubted that Troy had ever existed
(B) doubt that Troy has ever existed
(C) were in doubt as to the existence of Troy
(D) were doubtful concerning Troy’s existence

by the 18th century many historians...(action completed in the past=simple past tense)

A

another vote for A.
IMO, we shouldn't be looking for parallelism between the two sections here. One talks about "scholars were uncertain" and the second "historians doubted"... Also, both the choices which look parallel, C& D sound wordy to me when compared with original which doesn't seem to have any grammatical errors..

Kudos [?]: 346 [0], given: 9

Manager
Joined: 24 Sep 2009
Posts: 109

Kudos [?]: 21 [0], given: 2

### Show Tags

03 Nov 2009, 21:18
COuld anyone explain what role of "as" in the first clause play?

I think it is used for comparison, if so, we also need "as" for the second clause because otherwise, nothing is compared. => C.
_________________

http://www.online-stopwatch.com/
http://gmatsentencecorrection.blogspot.com/

Kudos [?]: 21 [0], given: 2

Senior Manager
Joined: 18 Aug 2009
Posts: 419

Kudos [?]: 140 [0], given: 16

Schools: UT at Austin, Indiana State University, UC at Berkeley
WE 1: 5.5
WE 2: 5.5
WE 3: 6.0

### Show Tags

03 Nov 2009, 22:21
parallelism is being tested, IMO D

were uncertain.... were doubtful -parallel
_________________

Never give up,,,

Kudos [?]: 140 [0], given: 16

Intern
Joined: 03 Nov 2009
Posts: 22

Kudos [?]: 4 [0], given: 1

### Show Tags

03 Nov 2009, 22:34
During the Renaissance, scholars were uncertain as to the location of Troy, and by the eighteenth century many historians doubted that Troy had ever existed.

These statements indicate two different tenses in the past.
During... and by... do not require the same verb tenses.
What we are concerned with is the second independent clause. This clause is as simple as it gets for past tense-an action completed in the past tense.

Kudos [?]: 4 [0], given: 1

Manager
Joined: 29 Oct 2009
Posts: 64

Kudos [?]: 2 [0], given: 3

### Show Tags

03 Nov 2009, 23:12
Why past perfect usage is correct in the sentence??

Kudos [?]: 2 [0], given: 3

Senior Manager
Joined: 18 Aug 2009
Posts: 419

Kudos [?]: 140 [0], given: 16

Schools: UT at Austin, Indiana State University, UC at Berkeley
WE 1: 5.5
WE 2: 5.5
WE 3: 6.0

### Show Tags

04 Nov 2009, 12:49
IMO D,
I do not see any past perfect in that sentence,
If you choose D, you will avoid using past perfect in the sentence.
_________________

Never give up,,,

Kudos [?]: 140 [0], given: 16

Manager
Joined: 25 Dec 2009
Posts: 64

Kudos [?]: 39 [0], given: 2

### Show Tags

07 Jun 2010, 06:51
a time frame can also be used as a reference point while using perfect tenses. ‘by the 18th century’ is there later chronological event. Hence, A is correct, B uses present tense. C wrongly uses ‘as to’ and does fake parallelism with the earlier main clause. What must be understood here is that the clauses are not logically linked to each other. It’s like saying my dogs loves ice cream and I am good at cricket. Grammatically correct. ( this is so because ‘during’ and ‘by the 18th century’ are 2 different time lines). You can be doubtful about some thing. Not doubtful about concerning something. Besides, the verb form existed is preferred over the noun form ‘existence’. With E the placement of ‘had’ is a problem.

Last edited by roshanaslam on 07 Jun 2010, 10:29, edited 1 time in total.

Kudos [?]: 39 [0], given: 2

Senior Manager
Joined: 18 Aug 2009
Posts: 419

Kudos [?]: 140 [0], given: 16

Schools: UT at Austin, Indiana State University, UC at Berkeley
WE 1: 5.5
WE 2: 5.5
WE 3: 6.0

### Show Tags

08 Jun 2010, 10:49
I changed my mind, I believe A is the correct answer!
_________________

Never give up,,,

Kudos [?]: 140 [0], given: 16

Manager
Joined: 24 May 2010
Posts: 65

Kudos [?]: 22 [0], given: 4

### Show Tags

09 Jun 2010, 03:21
IMO A. I feel it should be doubt that

Kudos [?]: 22 [0], given: 4

Manager
Joined: 02 May 2010
Posts: 57

Kudos [?]: 42 [0], given: 3

Schools: IU, UT Dallas, Univ of Georgia, Univ of Arkansas, Miami University
WE 1: 5.5 Yrs IT

### Show Tags

09 Jun 2010, 08:23
papillon86 wrote:
269. During the Renaissance, scholars were uncertain as to the location of Troy, and by the eighteenth century many historians doubted that Troy had ever existed.
(A) doubted that Troy had ever existed
(B) doubt that Troy has ever existed
(C) were in doubt as to the existence of Troy
(D) were doubtful concerning Troy’s existence

can we discuss this one plz?

A. Correct: Active voice used and so is Past Perfect (had ever existed)
B. Incorrect: Past Perfect required (has ever existed)
C. Incorrect: Passive Voice. 'as to the existence' is awkward
D. Incorrect: Passive Voice.

Kudos [?]: 42 [0], given: 3

VP
Joined: 17 Feb 2010
Posts: 1480

Kudos [?]: 729 [0], given: 6

### Show Tags

17 Jun 2010, 17:42
Good question.

I picked C but agree with explanations that A is correct

Kudos [?]: 729 [0], given: 6

Intern
Joined: 17 Oct 2011
Posts: 22

Kudos [?]: 69 [0], given: 10

Location: Taiwan
GMAT 1: 590 Q39 V34
GMAT 2: 680 Q47 V35
Re: During the Renaissance, scholars were uncertain as to the [#permalink]

### Show Tags

25 Feb 2012, 03:16
I confirm that the OA is A.

Kudos [?]: 69 [0], given: 10

Manager
Status: Back to (GMAT) Times Square!!!
Joined: 15 Aug 2011
Posts: 179

Kudos [?]: 87 [0], given: 25

Location: United States (IL)
GMAT 1: 650 Q49 V30
WE: Information Technology (Computer Software)
Re: During the Renaissance, scholars were uncertain as to the [#permalink]

### Show Tags

28 Feb 2012, 19:09
Two events in the past...requires past perfect!!! Hence A.
_________________

Working towards a goal...
V.

Kudos [?]: 87 [0], given: 25

Director
Status: Prep started for the n-th time
Joined: 29 Aug 2010
Posts: 677

Kudos [?]: 191 [0], given: 37

Re: During the Renaissance, scholars were uncertain as to the [#permalink]

### Show Tags

28 Feb 2012, 20:15
A is the winner here.

Easier to eliminate other choices than finding the correct one on this one.

Crick

Kudos [?]: 191 [0], given: 37

Manager
Joined: 07 Dec 2011
Posts: 120

Kudos [?]: 539 [0], given: 116

Location: India
GMAT Date: 07-30-2012
GPA: 2.66
WE: Information Technology (Computer Software)
During the Renaissance, scholars were uncertain as to the [#permalink]

### Show Tags

14 Jul 2012, 07:11
During the Renaissance, scholars were uncertain as to the location of Troy, and by the eighteenth century many historians doubted that Troy had ever existed.

(A) doubted that Troy had ever existed
(B) doubt that Troy has ever existed
(C) were in doubt as to the existence of Troy
(D) were doubtful concerning Troy’s existence

[Reveal] Spoiler:
Quote:
Again chose the right ans. first but considering //ism changed it to C
were uncertain as to the location
were in doubt as to the existence

how am I flawed over here?

_________________

Kudos [?]: 539 [0], given: 116

Manager
Joined: 19 Oct 2011
Posts: 129

Kudos [?]: 447 [2], given: 33

Location: India
Re: During the Renaissance, scholars were uncertain as to the [#permalink]

### Show Tags

14 Jul 2012, 07:53
2
KUDOS
in this question the phrase " by the eighteenth century" introduces a time frame and is then followed by two related events
1. doubted
2. existed
Since a time frame is introduced by "by the 18th century" we need to use perfect tenses to show which event occurred earlier. doubted or existed

This is correctly conveyed by using "had existed" in A.
(A) doubted that Troy had ever existed

_________________

Encourage me by pressing the KUDOS if you find my post to be helpful.

Help me win "The One Thing You Wish You Knew - GMAT Club Contest"
http://gmatclub.com/forum/the-one-thing-you-wish-you-knew-gmat-club-contest-140358.html#p1130989

Kudos [?]: 447 [2], given: 33

Director
Status: Final Countdown
Joined: 17 Mar 2010
Posts: 537

Kudos [?]: 349 [1], given: 75

Location: India
GPA: 3.82
WE: Account Management (Retail Banking)
Re: During the Renaissance, scholars were uncertain as to the [#permalink]

### Show Tags

14 Jul 2012, 08:34
1
KUDOS
maybeam wrote:
During the Renaissance, scholars were uncertain as to the location of Troy, and by the eighteenth century many historians doubted that Troy had ever existed.
(A) doubted that Troy had ever existed
(B) doubt that Troy has ever existed
(C) were in doubt as to the existence of Troy
(D) were doubtful concerning Troy’s existence

Quote:
Again chose the right ans. first but considering //ism changed it to C
were uncertain as to the location
were in doubt as to the existence

how am I flawed over here?

were uncertain should not be parallel to were in doubt
who were uncertain?- schloars
who were in doubt?- historians
this story in in two different time frames by two different set of people;historians(during 18th century) and scholars(during Renaissance)
"HAD" Should be used in order to show that one event happened before another (no matter what came before-18th century or Renaissance)
past tense will make it "doubted"
_________________

" Make more efforts "
Press Kudos if you liked my post

Kudos [?]: 349 [1], given: 75

Re: During the Renaissance, scholars were uncertain as to the   [#permalink] 14 Jul 2012, 08:34

Go to page    1   2    Next  [ 24 posts ]

Similar topics Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
16 That twenty-one ceramic dog figurines were discovered during 31 13 Aug 2017, 09:09
7 During the same period in which the Maya were developing a 13 05 Mar 2017, 20:08
33 Scholars who once thought Native American literatures were 33 19 May 2017, 07:19
11 During the literary renaissance of the 1920s, a large number of new wr 9 01 Feb 2015, 04:30
10 In the Renaissance, painters were so impressed with Leonardo 20 09 Jun 2017, 23:01
Display posts from previous: Sort by