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In 1860, the Philological Society launched its effort to create a dictionary more comprehensive than the world had ever seen; although the project would take more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary had been born.

A. would take more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary had been

B. took more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary was

C. would take more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary was being

D. would take more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary was

E. took more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary was about to be

Why can't B be the answer?

OA is D.
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14 Apr 2007, 06:53
B changes meaning. Choice is between A,C,D . D uses the right tense.
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14 Apr 2007, 07:11
[quote="ricokevin"]In 1860, the Philological Society launched its effort to create a dictionary more comprehensive than the world had ever seen; although the project would take more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary had been born.

A. would take more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary had been

B. took more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary was

C. would take more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary was being

D. would take more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary was

E. took more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary was about to be

Why can't B be the answer?

OA is D.[/quotE

The effort was launched in 1860, the dictionary was born-Past
completed-future

so "would" is necessary to express the idea
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16 Apr 2007, 20:06
I still don't get it.
"The project was launched.......the project took more than 60.......and OED was born" makes sense to me.
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17 Apr 2007, 02:43
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I still don't get it.
"The project was launched.......the project took more than 60.......and OED was born" makes sense to me.

The project was launched .... the dictionary was born ..... though it would take 60 years to complete ......
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17 Apr 2007, 13:10
Good explanation, Dwivedys.
D for me as well.

Ricokevin, just a suggestion... can you not post the OA in the question, please? Thanks

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17 Apr 2007, 13:10
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