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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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14 Aug 2008, 02:37
lionheart187 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

NICE POST BRO..

BETWEEN A & D
I WOULD PICK D..BECAUSE A ,TO ME IMPLIES THAT THE DICTIONARY WAS BORN EVEN BEFORE THE LAUNCH,AS IN,IT WAS THE FIRST STEP,WHICH IS WRONG.
I DONT KNOW WHETHER THE REASONING IS RIGHT.BUT I KNOW I'LL PICK D
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14 Aug 2008, 04:48
Tough one. Stuck between B and D. I think we definitely need "was" but I'm unsure regarding "took" and "would take".
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14 Aug 2008, 05:28
confused between B and D.

I will go with B becuase although and would in the same clause doesn't make sense.
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14 Aug 2008, 10:15
lionheart187 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

B. it took more than 60 years to complet for what? the Oxford English Dictionary.
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14 Aug 2008, 13:51
Between B and D.

B) took more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary was [two verbs are pointed in same tense without mentioning which once occurred first]

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17 Aug 2008, 01:16
Any sound explaination for ruling out A?
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17 Aug 2008, 01:55
IMO B

eliminate A, C, D because "would" describes the possibilities in past whereas the fact is described that Project took 60 years to complete. Between B and E, B is more clear than E.
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17 Aug 2008, 03:37
I think is B. It is more clear than E. A,C and D are wrong becuase of "would". It could be ok in an If...than clause, but not here.
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18 Aug 2008, 04:38
IMO "B"

Launched is simple past tense.... so to keep the sentence correct, we need "took".... and "was"
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18 Aug 2008, 06:56
prateek11587 wrote:
lionheart187 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

NICE POST BRO..

BETWEEN A & D
I WOULD PICK D..BECAUSE A ,TO ME IMPLIES THAT THE DICTIONARY WAS BORN EVEN BEFORE THE LAUNCH,AS IN,IT WAS THE FIRST STEP,WHICH IS WRONG.
I DONT KNOW WHETHER THE REASONING IS RIGHT.BUT I KNOW I'LL PICK D

First thing is that it cannot be would take since the second sentence is indeopendent clause and hence needs to be in past tence since we are taking about some past event in present time,If the second statement
were said by some person of past time then it vwould have been WOULD and again oxford dictionary WAS born is correctly in past tence
All events are in past ,also since the project got completed no need to use would take ,aftr its completion dictionary was born ,hence HAD been is incorrect since dictionary found only once
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18 Aug 2008, 07:05
Easy B

Event occued in the past. It has to be between B or E.

Now, check out the use of word although. These are key words. It is to state an anomaly. Even though it took soo long to complete, it nonetheless led the the birth of the dictionary .....

BINGO...B states this in the most concise manner....

E has about to be.....throw it over the fence :D.....go home and drink a beer [:D]
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21 Aug 2008, 19:46
OA is D.

The answer says "although it would take 60 years to complete, the dictionary was born."

I thought that the dictionary would "be born" after it has been completed, not when the project started. Any thoughts?
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27 Aug 2008, 09:09
lionheart187 wrote:
OA is D.

The answer says "although it would take 60 years to complete, the dictionary was born."

I thought that the dictionary would "be born" after it has been completed, not when the project started. Any thoughts?

I WILL TRY TO EXPLAIN..
HERE IT GOES..

BASICALLY,A THIRD PERSON IS NARRATING IT...HE SAYS THAT THE SOCIETY LAUNCHED ITS EFFORT TO CREATE A DICTIONARY .ALTHOUGH IT WOULD STILL TAKE 60 YEARS..BUT THE DICTIONARY WAS BORN..(NOT PHYSICALLY YET)...BUT IN THE MINDS OF THE PEOPLE

IT'S SAME AS SAYING.."WHEN RATAN TATA MADE AN OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT THAT HE WILL MAKE A \$2500 CAR..ALTHOUGH THE PROJECT WOULD TAKE A YEAR ,TATA NANO WAS BORN

I HOPE THIS IS OF SOME HELP..
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27 Aug 2008, 10:11
x2suresh wrote:
lionheart187 wrote:
OA is D.

The answer says "although it would take 60 years to complete, the dictionary was born."

I thought that the dictionary would "be born" after it has been completed, not when the project started. Any thoughts?

Can you post OE.

THIS MAY BE USEFUL.
http://www.manhattangmat.net.in/forums/in-1860-the-philological-society-launched-its-effort-t421.html

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