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# The distinctive hereditary tartans that are alleged to be

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The distinctive hereditary tartans that are alleged to be worn since antiquity by members of the Highland clans were in fact designed by Scottish woolen manufacturers in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

(A) that are alleged to be worn
(B) alleged to have been worn
(C) that are worn, it was alleged
(D) alleged as having been worn
(E) that are worn, allegedly

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13 Dec 2003, 08:38
E

tartans are not alleged .. so a, b and d are out
it was not since antiquity that allegations came about so c. It distorts the meaning
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13 Dec 2003, 09:22
praetorian123 wrote:
The distinctive hereditary tartans that are alleged to be worn since antiquity by members of the Highland clans were in fact designed by Scottish woolen manufacturers in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

(A) that are alleged to be worn
(B) alleged to have been worn
(C) that are worn, it was alleged
(D) alleged as having been worn
(E) that are worn, allegedly

IMO, B is the best answer.

Only B makes it clear that the tartans are "alleged" to "have been worn".
Alleged refers not to the noun "Tartans" but to the action of "worn".

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13 Dec 2003, 09:26
I vote for B too.
Is it okay to say tartans that are ?
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15 Dec 2003, 15:43
Another vote for B. "since antiquity" requires "have been worn"
15 Dec 2003, 15:43
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