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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

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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
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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

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C is parallel with the main clause.
"were in doubt" // "were uncertain"
"as to the existence of Troy" // "as to the location of Troy"
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03 Nov 2009, 21:13
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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 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..
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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.
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03 Nov 2009, 22:21
parallelism is being tested, IMO D

were uncertain.... were doubtful -parallel
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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.
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03 Nov 2009, 23:12
Why past perfect usage is correct in the sentence??
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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.
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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.

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08 Jun 2010, 10:49
I changed my mind, I believe A is the correct answer!
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09 Jun 2010, 03:21
IMO A. I feel it should be doubt that
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09 Jun 2010, 08:23
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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.
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17 Jun 2010, 17:42
Good question.

I picked C but agree with explanations that A is correct
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25 Feb 2012, 03:16
I confirm that the OA is A.
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28 Feb 2012, 19:09
Two events in the past...requires past perfect!!! Hence A.
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28 Feb 2012, 20:15
A is the winner here.

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

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14 Jan 2013, 04:46
I chose D initially ... but chose A after reading the thread ... thanks :D
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