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# In 1860, the Philological Society launched its effort to

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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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15 Dec 2007, 14:08
I'm thinking A. Ill try to explain my reasoning if this is the correct answer.

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15 Dec 2007, 15:19
eyunni 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

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would or took . I think "took" is correct . B
tough to explain this one.

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15 Dec 2007, 15:33
i dont think "had been" is necessary, so i ruled out A.

But btwn B and D, im stuck because i dont know whether 'took' is better than 'would take'

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15 Dec 2007, 20:07
eyunni 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

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B. It is between B and E but B should be better than E.
Would in ACD doesnot sound good.

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16 Dec 2007, 01:17
eyunni 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

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I pick D.

B is wrong because 'took' which is in the simple past requires 'had been born' to convey a past action that took place before another past action.

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16 Dec 2007, 10:28
what's the OA for this?

Personally, I think its a showdown between B and D!

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16 Dec 2007, 17:07
GK_Gmat wrote:
eyunni 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

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I pick D.

B is wrong because 'took' which is in the simple past requires 'had been born' to convey a past action that took place before another past action.

GK_Gmat, Are you a native speaker? You got that one right. OA is D. But can you/anyone provide a more detailed explanation?

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