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# During the Renaissance, scholars were uncertain as to the

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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 Troyâ€™s existence
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29 Jul 2006, 15:40
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(A) doubted that Troy had ever existed
(B) doubt that Troy has ever existed
(C) were in doubt as to the existence of Troy not complete
(D) were doubtful concerning Troyâ€™s existence
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29 Jul 2006, 16:48
u2lover wrote:
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(A) doubted that Troy had ever existed
(B) doubt that Troy has ever existed
(C) were in doubt as to the existence of Troy not complete
(D) were doubtful concerning Troyâ€™s existence

I marked D, since it seemed parallel to the first part (before 'and')
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29 Jul 2006, 17:01
As such, the usage of 'concerning' as a participle is correct over here.

However, I think D changes the meaning - it is unclear regarding whether the historians doubted the existence of Troy at that particular point of time or if the doubted that Troy had ever existed. This point is absolutely clear in A.
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29 Jul 2006, 17:42
historians were concerned regarding something.... historians themselves were not the concern.

'concerning' in D = regarding and that way is incorrectly used
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31 Jul 2006, 03:34
Straight A.
The non-underlined part is in past tense and only A correctly follows.

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.
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31 Jul 2006, 14:16
I'm picking A. It's tricky because at first glance I wanted to make the answer run parallel - 'were uncertain' to 'were in doubt' or 'were doubtful' available in answers C & D. But after closer reading those didn't make sense.
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19 Aug 2006, 06:19
(A) The sentence needs the past perfect tense and doubt(ed) that~ is idiomatic
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20 Aug 2006, 00:40
mailtheguru wrote:
ps_dahiya wrote:
Nothing wrong with A

WHy is C incomplete? Looks ||el to me..

Why to use "were"??? Its a typical case of one action preceding another. Use siple past in later action and past perfect in earlier one.
"were in doubt" is wordy version of "doubted"
Which one will you prefer??
1. I doubt the capability of Iran to make nuclear weapons.
2. I am in dount as to the capability of Iran to make neclear weapons.
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