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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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I have certain confusions here:
a)why is the usage of 'would' correct here
b)OE for (b) states the following"This choice changes both the first and second verbs to simple past ("took" and "was born," respectively). In this circumstance, we have two events that took place at different times in the past, which requires use of the past perfect to indicate which event happened first. The dictionary's "birth" obviously happens before its completion, so correct usage would be that the "Dictionary had been born."
BUT I FEEL THAT,AFTER 60 YRS OF EFFORTS THE DICTIONARY WAS BORN,SO IT MUST BE 'HAD TAKEN...WAS BORN'
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BUT I FEEL THAT,AFTER 60 YRS OF EFFORTS THE DICTIONARY WAS BORN,SO IT MUST BE 'HAD TAKEN...WAS BORN'
PLEASE EXPLAIN


I agree with you adhithya. "D" is like saying child was born at the start of gestation period. Bologna!!!
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Tough one. Did not get the right answer...Had a learned friend take a crack at it -- who thinks -- the "born" refers to the start of the project..not the end. Interesting take. Explains why some of the answer choices are incorrect.

This also feels like a slightly tricked up question.

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Was confused between B and D. Went with D. This sentence sounds right out a history book. And i read plenty of those.
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I got this answer as B.....but it turned out that D is the correct option. Explanations as given in the following link are:

EXPLANATION:
a.) Use of past perfect tense is wrong. Only a simple past is required to denote an event that occurred at one point of time in the past
b.) In 1860, it did not taken 60 years to complete. It just stared then. . Meaning is altered here.
c.) Use of the progressive was being is awkward
d.) Right choice. In 1860, the project would take 60 years and at the point the project was born Smugly fitting in with theme of the author
e.) It did not take 60 years in 1860.


SOURCE: http://www.gmatclubindia.com/index.php?topic=104.0

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I got this answer as B.....but it turned out that D is the correct option. Explanations as given in the following link are:

EXPLANATION:
a.) Use of past perfect tense is wrong. Only a simple past is required to denote an event that occurred at one point of time in the past
b.) In 1860, it did not taken 60 years to complete. It just stared then. . Meaning is altered here.
c.) Use of the progressive was being is awkward
d.) Right choice. In 1860, the project would take 60 years and at the point the project was born Smugly fitting in with theme of the author
e.) It did not take 60 years in 1860.


SOURCE: http://www.gmatclubindia.com/index.php?topic=104.0

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Thanks for the link...the explanation serves to clears many doubts

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

would take more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary had been-the verb should be in simple past.

took more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary was--the use of verb form 'took' is incorrect.

would take more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary was being-- bieng is redundant here

would take more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary was--correct as simple past verb form 'was' is used and the sentence talks about the future event in the past, so the use of 'would' is correct in the sentence and this also adheres to the orignal meaning.

took more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary was about to be ' the highlightened part is rendundant here

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This topic has been discussed several times in this forum:

sc-in-1860-the-philological-society-launched-its-effort-to-63134.html

philological-society-100077.html

mgmat-sc-philological-society-68100.html

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The sentence starts in the past-framework.

Completion will happen in the future (from the past perspective), so "would" -> eliminate B & E
The birth happened at the same time than the launch -> same tense -> simple past -> D

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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. [u][/u]

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

i am going crazy about this questions. whats wrong with option B
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I also selected b, but on closer look, D is the right answer.

The setting in the sentence is the period when the project started, and if you take that into account a past conditional tense seems to be an appropriate choice.

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Dammit, i also went for B.

But yeah, D is right.
Coz although is used to create contrast in this context. So, Although X would happen, Y happened.

Dammit, rookie mistake :)
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Gotta love those 3/2 splits in the beginning. Get rid of B&E. Eliminate C because of "was being". I'm kind of stuck here between A&D, but it seems as though A flows better, so let's go A...

OA is D.
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Based on the meaning of the sentence we are creating something in the past with an hypothetical time to do it, then the this was completed.

So looking at would we have A C and D. In A had been is wrong, in C was being so D is correct
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hi, noticed that the sentence was in reporting style and hence used the tense sequence as per MGMAT which has either present+future or past+conditional in sequences. here would is conditional and past would be was born

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hi, noticed that the sentence was in reporting style and hence used the tense sequence as per MGMAT which has either present+future or past+conditional in sequences. here would is conditional and past would be was born

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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.

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In 1860, the Philological Society launched its effort to create a dictionary that would be more comprehensive than any other dictionary the world had ever seen. So how did it launch the effort? It launched the effort by starting its work on the Oxford English Dictionary. Even if this dictionary was born in 1860, it would take 60 years to be completed.

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Error Analysis:

We must keep in mind here that the sentence is talking about all the events that took place in 1860. That’s the time period for this sentence.
This sentence correctly uses the conditional word “would take” because, the dictionary was just born in 1860. It was not completed then. So we are talking about a future event in past. Hence “would take” is absolutely correct. Use of “had been born” is incorrect because past perfect tense is used to denote the earlier of the two events that took place in the past. Past perfect establishes sequence between the two past actions. Here, we don’t have two past actions for 1860. Only the dictionary was born then. It is a general information, which should be written in simple past tense.

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A would take more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary had been: Incorrect for the reason discussed above.

B took more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary was: Incorrect. The context of this sentence is set in 1860. The OED was not completed then. Hence, “took” is not the correct verb tense.

C would take more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary was being: Incorrect. The verb “was being born” suggests that this action was ongoing. This is not correct because the OED was born. The action of taking birth was completed already.

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

E took more than 60 years to complete, the Oxford English Dictionary was about to be: Incorrect.
i. This choice repeats the same verb tense error of Choice B.
ii. Verb “about to be born” suggests that the OED was not born yet. This is not the intended meaning. The OED was born.

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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
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