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In 1713, Alexander Pope began his translation of the Illiad, a work that, taking him seven years until completion, and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced the greatest translation in any language.

A. his translation of the Illiad, a work that, taking him seven years until completion, and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced
B. his translation of the Illiad, a work that took him seven years to complete and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced
C. his translation of the Illiad, a work that had taken seven years to complete and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced it is
D. translating the Illiad, a work that took seven years until completion and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced it as
E. translating the Illiad, a work that had taken seven years to complete and literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced it

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Will go with B.

C/D/E have modifier problem. It seems Illiad took seven years to complete.

A is not parallel


B here......

C/D/E have it which cannot refer to Alexandar Pope....

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In 1713, Alexander Pope began his translation of the Iliad, a work that, taking him seven years until completion, and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced the greatest translation in any language.

A. his translation of the Iliad, a work that, taking him seven years until completion, and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced
B. his translation of the Iliad, a work that took him seven years to complete and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced
C. his translation of the Iliad, a work that had taken seven years to complete and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced it as
D. translating the Iliad, a work that took seven years until completion and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced it as
E. translating the Iliad, a work that had taken seven years to complete and literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced it


Is E wrong 'cos it means that the "translation of Illiad by itself took 7 yrs" where as in B it means that " the work took the pope 7yrs to complete"?

Please throw your ideas

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(E) is wrong because of tense mismatch between

... a work that had taken ...

and

... Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced ...

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In 1713, Alexander Pope began his translation of the Iliad, a work that, taking him seven years until completion and that literary critic Samual Johnson, Pope's contemporary, pronounced the greatest translation if any language.
A...
B. his translation of the Iliad, a work that took him seven years and that literary critic Samual Johnson, Pope's contemporary, pronounced

C.his translation of the Iliad, a work that had taken him seven years to complete and that literary critic Samual Johnson, Pope's contemporary, pronounced it as

D.translating Iliad, a work that, took seven years until completion and that literary critic Samual Johnson, Pope's contemporary, pronounced it as

E.translating the the Iliad, a work that had taken him seven years to complete and literay critic Samuel Johnson, Pope's contemporary, pronounced it

is "translating" wrong?

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In 1713, Alexander Pope began his translation of the Iliad, a work that, taking him seven years until completion and that literary critic Samual Johnson, Pope's contemporary, pronounced the greatest translation if any language.

A...

B. his translation of the Iliad, a work that took him seven years and that literary critic Samual Johnson, Pope's contemporary, pronounced

C.his translation of the Iliad, a work that had taken him seven years to complete and that literary critic Samual Johnson, Pope's contemporary, pronounced it as

D.translating Iliad, a work that, took seven years until completion and that literary critic Samual Johnson, Pope's contemporary, pronounced it as

E.translating the the Iliad, a work that had taken him seven years to complete and literay critic Samuel Johnson, Pope's contemporary, pronounced it

is "translating" wrong?


C. not sure about translating but phrases after trnaslating are not correct.

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New post 04 May 2007, 19:45
I dont think we need the past perfect tense here..simple past will do..

based on this only B and D remain..B is probably the best..i dont like "until" in D...

B it is..

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In 1713, Alexander Pope began his translation of the Iliad, a work that, taking him seven years until completion and that literary critic Samual Johnson, Pope's contemporary, pronounced the greatest translation if any language.

A...

B. his translation of the Iliad, a work that took him seven years and that literary critic Samual Johnson, Pope's contemporary, pronounced

C.his translation of the Iliad, a work that had taken him seven years to complete and that literary critic Samual Johnson, Pope's contemporary, pronounced it as

D.translating Iliad, a work that, took seven years until completion and that literary critic Samual Johnson, Pope's contemporary, pronounced it as

E.translating the the Iliad, a work that had taken him seven years to complete and literay critic Samuel Johnson, Pope's contemporary, pronounced it

is "translating" wrong?


C. not sure about translating but phrases after trnaslating are not correct.

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I go with B.

A - wrong tense - a work that, taking him - Also a ',' after that is not right most of the time

C - pronounced it as - it is unnecessary/redundant hence wrong on GMAT

D - same error as C

E - a work that had taken him seven years to complete and literay critic Samuel Johnson - gives an illogical impression

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New post 04 May 2007, 23:33
agree with B

Pope began translation, which is a work

translating is an action and incorrect here

until completion is incorrect
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A. Wrong: until completion, taking
C. Wrong: had taken
D. Wrong: until completion
E. Wrong:had taken

B is the winner

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A. Wrong: until completion, taking
C. Wrong: had taken
D. Wrong: until completion ==> why is until completion wrong?
E. Wrong:had taken

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New post 05 May 2007, 22:13
Until completion is redundant
We should say just "the work took several years", "my trip home takes 2 hours". Adding "until completion" is redundant.

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I think it should be C ....
There are sequence of actions here so we need past perfect.... What is the OA?

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Though none of the choice seems convincing ..I will take C.

That x that y.

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In 1713, Alexander Pope began his translation of the Iliad, a work that, taking him seven years until completion and that literary critic Samual Johnson, Pope's contemporary, pronounced the greatest translation if any language.
A...
B. his translation of the Iliad, a work that took him seven years and that literary critic Samual Johnson, Pope's contemporary, pronounced

C.his translation of the Iliad, a work that had taken him seven years to complete and that literary critic Samual Johnson, Pope's contemporary, pronounced it as

D.translating Iliad, a work that, took seven years until completion and that literary critic Samual Johnson, Pope's contemporary, pronounced it as

E.translating the the Iliad, a work that had taken him seven years to complete and literay critic Samuel Johnson, Pope's contemporary, pronounced it

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New post 11 May 2007, 11:48
I think B is wrong because it's incomplete ...."his wha translation of the Iliad, a work that took him seven years " .....for what???

So I think B i swrong C is only conveys the meaning ..though I agree Had is not required as suchs!!

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Though none of the choice seems convincing ..I will take C.

That x that y.

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In 1713, Alexander Pope began his translation of the Iliad, a work that, taking him seven years until completion and that literary critic Samual Johnson, Pope's contemporary, pronounced the greatest translation if any language.
A...
B. his translation of the Iliad, a work that took him seven years and that literary critic Samual Johnson, Pope's contemporary, pronounced

C.his translation of the Iliad, a work that had taken him seven years to complete and that literary critic Samual Johnson, Pope's contemporary, pronounced it as

D.translating Iliad, a work that, took seven years until completion and that literary critic Samual Johnson, Pope's contemporary, pronounced it as

E.translating the the Iliad, a work that had taken him seven years to complete and literay critic Samuel Johnson, Pope's contemporary, pronounced it

is "translating" wrong?

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In 1713, Alexander Pope began his translation of the Iliad, a work that, taking him seven years until completion and that literary critic Samual Johnson, Pope's contemporary, pronounced the greatest translation if any language.

A...

B. his translation of the Iliad, a work that took him seven years and that literary critic Samual Johnson, Pope's contemporary, pronounced

C.his translation of the Iliad, a work that had taken him seven years to complete and that literary critic Samual Johnson, Pope's contemporary, pronounced it as

D.translating Iliad, a work that, took seven years until completion and that literary critic Samual Johnson, Pope's contemporary, pronounced it as

E.translating the the Iliad, a work that had taken him seven years to complete and literay critic Samuel Johnson, Pope's contemporary, pronounced it

is "translating" wrong?


C. not sure about translating but phrases after trnaslating are not correct.


I take back my choice C and go with B.
because past perfect (had taken) is not possible after past (began) tense.

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Guys I don't know how come anyone of ou didn't notice the Choice B is incomplete....

I found teh complete question on GMATCLUB. The correct version is:

In 1713, Alexander Pope began his translation of the Iliad, a work that, taking him seven years until completion, and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced the greatest translation in any language.

A. his translation of the Iliad, a work that, taking him seven years until completion, and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced

B. his translation of the Iliad, a work that took him seven years to complete and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced

C. his translation of the Iliad, a work that had taken seven years to complete and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced it as

D. translating the Iliad, a work that took seven years until completion and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced it as

E. translating the Iliad, a work that had taken seven years to complete and literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced it


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In 1713, Alexander Pope began his translation of the Iliad, a work that, taking him seven years until completion and that literary critic Samual Johnson, Pope's contemporary, pronounced the greatest translation if any language.
A...
B. his translation of the Iliad, a work that took him seven years and that literary critic Samual Johnson, Pope's contemporary, pronounced

C.his translation of the Iliad, a work that had taken him seven years to complete and that literary critic Samual Johnson, Pope's contemporary, pronounced it as

D.translating Iliad, a work that, took seven years until completion and that literary critic Samual Johnson, Pope's contemporary, pronounced it as

E.translating the the Iliad, a work that had taken him seven years to complete and literay critic Samuel Johnson, Pope's contemporary, pronounced it

is "translating" wrong?

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A. his translation of the Illiad, a work that, taking him seven years until completion, and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced
B. his translation of the Illiad, a work that took him seven years to complete and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced
C. his translation of the Illiad, a work that had taken seven years to complete and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced it is
D. translating the Illiad, a work that took seven years until completion and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced it as
E. translating the Illiad, a work that had taken seven years to complete and literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced it

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In 1713, Alexander Pope began his translation of the Illiad, a work that, taking him seven years until completion, and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced the greatest translation in any language.

A. his translation of the Illiad, a work that, taking him seven years until completion, and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced
B. his translation of the Illiad, a work that took him seven years to complete and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced
C. his translation of the Illiad, a work that had taken seven years to complete and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced it is
D. translating the Illiad, a work that took seven years until completion and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced it as
E. translating the Illiad, a work that had taken seven years to complete and literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced it


A,C, E --> out because of verb tenses (taking him, had taken)

It should be between B and D
"seven years to complete" vs "seven years until completion"
First one sounds better for me.

I pick B.
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Can anyone explain why is "had taken" wrong in this? Isn't past perfect required here? (two events...)

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Can anyone explain why is "had taken" wrong in this? Isn't past perfect required here? (two events...)


My attempt to explain why C and ‘had taken’ is wrong.

In 1713, Alexander Pope began his translation of the Illiad, a work that, taking him seven years until completion, and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced the greatest translation in any language.

C. his translation of the Illiad, a work that had taken seven years to complete and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced it is (We usually use past perfect when we have some action which occurred before a certain event in the past. Here, we have ‘began translation’ – action described in simple past – and smth that happened after that, not before that; so to use past perfect would be wrong. Also, C is wrong not only because of ‘had taken’, but also because of improper use of ‘it’ here.)

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