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# In 1860, the Philological Society launched its effort to

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25 Jun 2007, 20:46
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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

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25 Jun 2007, 20:50
ArvGMAT wrote:
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

tenses are jumping here. second statement requires past tense here. B, E left.

E - 'to be' passtive voice.

B - best choice.

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25 Jun 2007, 22:00
B since the non underlined part is in past perfect tense. The Oxford dictionary was formed after the setting up of the society hence it should be in simple past tense.

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25 Jun 2007, 22:08
I agree w/ B

"took" and "was" agrees with "launched"

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25 Jun 2007, 22:50
Since it was something that happened in the past. I think answer should be B.

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