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# History shows that while simultaneously attaining global or

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History shows that while simultaneously attaining global or even regional dominance, a country generally succumbs to erosion of its social infrastructure.
a. History shows that while simultaneously attaining

b. History would show that, while attaining

c. History bears out that, in the course of attaining

d. During the course of history, the attainment of

e. Throughout history, during any country's attaining

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12 Apr 2007, 08:08
vshaunak@gmail.com wrote:
History shows that while simultaneously attaining global or even regional dominance, a country generally succumbs to erosion of its social infrastructure.
a. History shows that while simultaneously attaining

b. History would show that, while attaining

c. History bears out that, in the course of attaining

d. During the course of history, the attainment of

e. Throughout history, during any country's attaining

As per my understanding and using the POE, I end up with the choice "B" or the choice "C".
"B" must be correct because the choice "B" uses the auxiliary would which should be used only in the case of uncertainty. Countries generally succumb but not necessarily, thus uncertainty.

What is the original correct answer?
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12 Apr 2007, 08:11
I think the uncertainty is shown in the latter part by 'generally'. What history bears out is certain.
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12 Apr 2007, 08:14
LM wrote:
vshaunak@gmail.com wrote:
History shows that while simultaneously attaining global or even regional dominance, a country generally succumbs to erosion of its social infrastructure.
a. History shows that while simultaneously attaining

b. History would show that, while attaining

c. History bears out that, in the course of attaining

d. During the course of history, the attainment of

e. Throughout history, during any country's attaining

As per my understanding and using the POE, I end up with the choice "B" or the choice "C".
"B" must be correct because the choice "B" uses the auxiliary would which should be used only in the case of uncertainty. Countries generally succumb but not necessarily, thus uncertainty.

What is the original correct answer?

Nice explanation. Second B. I choose B simply because it's more concise - "while attaining" IMO is less wordier than "in the course of attaining".
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12 Apr 2007, 11:30
OA is 'B'

a.History shows that while simultaneously attaining

************'Simultaneously' doesn't make sense***********

b. History would show that, while attaining
**********'would' changes the meaning *************

c. History bears out that, in the course of attaining

**********Conveys the meaning correctly*******

d. During the course of history, the attainment of
**********This doesn't make the meaningful sentence****

e. Throughout history, during any country's attaining
*************'Attaining' is unidiomatic**********
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12 Apr 2007, 20:58
OA is B or C.

vshaunak@gmail.com wrote:
OA is 'B'

a.History shows that while simultaneously attaining

************'Simultaneously' doesn't make sense***********

b. History would show that, while attaining
**********'would' changes the meaning *************

c. History bears out that, in the course of attaining

**********Conveys the meaning correctly*******

d. During the course of history, the attainment of
**********This doesn't make the meaningful sentence****

e. Throughout history, during any country's attaining
*************'Attaining' is unidiomatic**********
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13 Apr 2007, 02:18
my choice was B. Its clear & consise !! rest are all wordy awkward
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13 Apr 2007, 08:44
Do we have an OA on this yet? My bet is on C as others have explained. I would love an in-depth explanation from someone as to why it should be B.

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13 Apr 2007, 09:08
'would' is used when something is said from the perspective of the past about the future...
Here,history is just being used to state a fact.

So, its C.
13 Apr 2007, 09:08
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