It is currently 17 Dec 2017, 19:29

### GMAT Club Daily Prep

#### Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

# Events & Promotions

###### Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

# In 1860, the Philological Society launched its effort to

Author Message
Senior Manager
Joined: 31 Aug 2009
Posts: 415

Kudos [?]: 365 [0], given: 20

Location: Sydney, Australia
In 1860, the Philological Society launched its effort to [#permalink]

### Show Tags

08 Nov 2009, 04:05
1
This post was
BOOKMARKED
00:00

Difficulty:

(N/A)

Question Stats:

19% (00:42) correct 81% (00:45) wrong based on 37 sessions

### HideShow timer Statistics

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

Particularly interested in the difference between "would take" and "take"

Kudos [?]: 365 [0], given: 20

Manager
Joined: 03 Aug 2009
Posts: 86

Kudos [?]: 148 [0], given: 1

### Show Tags

08 Nov 2009, 04:15
yangsta8 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

Particularly interested in the difference between "would take" and "take"

"would take" is past participle of "will take" whereas the event has already occurred (In 1860) so simple past tense "took" will suffice. Between B and E, B is right answer.
_________________

Consider kudos for good post.

Kudos [?]: 148 [0], given: 1

Manager
Joined: 17 Aug 2009
Posts: 227

Kudos [?]: 301 [3], given: 25

### Show Tags

09 Nov 2009, 01:23
3
KUDOS
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

Here are my reasons -

Here I am logically assuming that the birth of the dictionary signifies the launch of the project and this took place before the the entire project was completed. Since these events are taking place at different times, we need to have perfect past tense rather than simple past. Therefore ELIMINATE B
Eliminate C ('Being)
Eliminate E (about to be completed is incorrect as event has finished in the past)
Eliminate A (wrong usage of tenses)

Now look at D

D correctly uses "would take" to signify that the completion event took place after the birth. Although "had been" here would have sounded better (for perfect tenses), "would take" is a classical case of 'future in past tense' (according to the frame of time reference identified by the non-underlined portion) hence we have to use 'would' rather than 'will'. Normally we cannot use 'would' to express facts but here the events have completed in the past.

Hope this helps. Consider Kudos for the post

Kudos [?]: 301 [3], given: 25

Senior Manager
Joined: 31 Aug 2009
Posts: 415

Kudos [?]: 365 [0], given: 20

Location: Sydney, Australia

### Show Tags

09 Nov 2009, 01:41
OA is D.

zaarathelab you are spot on nice explanation. +1.

Kudos [?]: 365 [0], given: 20

VP
Joined: 17 Feb 2010
Posts: 1469

Kudos [?]: 807 [0], given: 6

### Show Tags

29 Apr 2010, 10:40
my pick was (B).

good explanation by zaarathelab.

Kudos [?]: 807 [0], given: 6

Manager
Joined: 14 Apr 2010
Posts: 216

Kudos [?]: 245 [0], given: 1

### Show Tags

08 Jul 2010, 21:15
Hmmm....i didn't get the explanation. I picked B. Could you pls explain once more?

Kudos [?]: 245 [0], given: 1

Senior Manager
Joined: 08 Dec 2009
Posts: 409

Kudos [?]: 116 [1], given: 26

### Show Tags

08 Jul 2010, 21:41
1
KUDOS
I picked D.

We need "will take" to signal a "future" tense from this 1860 date, but since the sentence was already drafted using simple past (launched), we need the past tense of "will," (i.e., simply "would").

Remember, "would" can be in the form of:

1) past tense of will
2) conditional form (i.e., the hypothetical form... an event NOT expected to happen)

Lastly, the final verb, "was" is preferred over "had been" since we don't need to distinquish the "born" event was prior to the "launching." In fact, the "born" event occurred AFTER anyways...
_________________

kudos if you like me (or my post)

Kudos [?]: 116 [1], given: 26

Manager
Joined: 24 Jan 2010
Posts: 151

Kudos [?]: 75 [0], given: 14

Location: India
Schools: ISB

### Show Tags

09 Jul 2010, 07:02
my pick was (B).

good explanation by zaarathelab.
_________________

_________________
If you like my post, consider giving me a kudos. THANKS!

Kudos [?]: 75 [0], given: 14

Manager
Joined: 04 Feb 2010
Posts: 196

Kudos [?]: 23 [0], given: 8

### Show Tags

09 Jul 2010, 08:40
Chose B. Thanks for the explanation! Ruled the choice out because of the 'would'.

Kudos [?]: 23 [0], given: 8

Manager
Joined: 08 Jan 2010
Posts: 177

Kudos [?]: 3 [0], given: 13

### Show Tags

29 Jul 2010, 23:48
Went for B ........mistake realized only after I rad the explanations.....I thought that Author was generally describing it...

Kudos [?]: 3 [0], given: 13

Re: Oxford Dictionary   [#permalink] 29 Jul 2010, 23:48
Display posts from previous: Sort by

# In 1860, the Philological Society launched its effort to

Moderators: GMATNinjaTwo, GMATNinja

 Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group | Emoji artwork provided by EmojiOne Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.