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Geologist Charles Lyell (1797 – 1875) believed the theologians of previous centuries had vastly underestimated the age of the Earth and that evidence will justify a much older Earth compared to what they previously expected.

A) the theologians of previous centuries had vastly underestimated the age of the Earth and that evidence will justify a much older Earth compared to what they previously expected
B) the theologians of previous centuries vastly underestimated the age of the Earth and that evidence would justify a much older Earth than was previously suspected
C) that the theologians of previous centuries vastly underestimated the age of the Earth and that evidence will justify a much older Earth compared to the previously expected
D) that the theologians of previous centuries had vastly underestimated the age of the Earth and that evidence would justify a much older Earth than was previously suspected
E) that the theologians of previous centuries vastly underestimated the age of the Earth and that evidence will justify a much older Earth than they previously suspected
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Im thinking D because

-believed that: split
- we use had because the something happened before something else
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We use past perfect in D just because it is reporting sentence in which all simple pasts go past perfect. Otherwise, there is no need to use PP, it is clear from context that one event comes before another
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Re: Geologist Charles Lyell (1797 – 1875) believed the theologians of [#permalink]

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Temurkhon wrote:
We use past perfect in D just because it is reporting sentence in which all simple pasts go past perfect. Otherwise, there is no need to use PP, it is clear from context that one event comes before another


How is D preferred over E? Is it only past perfect. or something else. I too think that past perfect is not mandatory.
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Critical points: 1. Norms of reported speech 2. Connector parallelism, and 3. The verb ‘believed’ before the start of the underlining.

A) the theologians of previous centuries had vastly underestimated the age of the Earth and that evidence will justify a much older Earth compared to what they previously expected ---. Eliminated on point 1 for not observing the norms of reported speech
B) the theologians of previous centuries vastly underestimated the age of the Earth and that evidence would justify a much older Earth than was previously suspected -- Eliminated on point 2. Lack of connector parallelism
C) that the theologians of previous centuries vastly underestimated the age of the Earth and that evidence will justify a much older Earth compared to the previously expected – ‘Believed’ is the last of the past events. That entails simple past; underestimating was the earlier event; so we need a past perfect to describe underestimating—had underestimated is the proper verb tense form.
D) that the theologians of previous centuries had vastly underestimated the age of the Earth and that evidence would justify a much older Earth than was previously suspected – perfect in all respects. Use of the future past modal’ would’ is correct; correct choice

E) that the theologians of previous centuries vastly underestimated the age of the Earth and that evidence will justify a much older Earth than they previously suspected -- simple past is inapt; again the shift of tense from the modal past to simple future is serious flaw.
The split between expected and suspected seems to be a distracter. Not sure why anyone will suspects or expects a factual finding; best to ignore it.
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From the point believed A and B are wrong because of parallelism error. after "and" both A and B have that which is not there, in first part, in both A and B.

C and E are wrong because of use of simple future tense "Will". as this belief was of Geologist and stated by author in present time. so use of "would" form is correct with past perfect in first part. C also has meaning issue.

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The we need to use past perfect since one action started in the past and finished in the past. Hence D is a correct choice. "Would" is correct because we deal with forecast
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I choose b because we do not have a past action which happen after to use past perfect here.
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Re: Geologist Charles Lyell (1797 – 1875) believed the theologians of [#permalink]

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New post 12 Jan 2018, 00:59
the real issue in E is the verb tense.
"than was previously suspected" is correct. There is a question with the similar pattern, but the pattern in E is correct. I guess such issue of comparison is not a big deal in gmat.
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