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# The distinctive hereditary tartans that are alleged to be

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23 May 2011, 10:21
+1 to B. Took me some time but nailed it

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16 Jun 2011, 14:42
+1 B

"since" usually requires present perfect.
"that are alleged" is wordy. We must avoid the unnecesary use of the verb "to be".
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16 Jun 2011, 14:58
I see the answer is B , but i took A and I was wrong... now I know since and have been go together... lol

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28 May 2012, 02:23
Very good problem.. I took some time understand the structure first.

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02 Jun 2012, 02:44
Nice question..and some great explanations here...
Lesson learned...since points to the use of has/have been form!
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02 Jun 2012, 11:23
A , C and E are wrong because tartans are plural and "that" can not be used to modify it. Those can be used to instead of that. B is clearly better than D.

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08 Jun 2012, 07:10
vivektripathi 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

i pick B here. "the distinctive hereditary tartans" has no verb in the original sentence. so A, C and E are out. in B "as having been worn" unnecessarily wordy, passive and awkward. please correct me if i am wrong
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13 Jun 2012, 01:40
Good Question... thanks for the explanation. Need a small clarification, is "have been" always required with "since"?
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28 May 2013, 10:40
"Since" is in the sentence, "have been" should also be present.

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13 May 2014, 10:07
The word "since" tells you that the tartans are currently being worn and that this action (the wearing) started in the past and continues through today. So the "have been worn" tense is necessary. At first, I thought there might be an issue with the "that" construct, but the only correct verb tense answer removes the "that" completely, so there was no further question that the answer is B.

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13 May 2014, 23:12
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 - sounds good but 'to be worn' has not modified the tartans properly
(B) alleged to have been worn - as the use of since have/had should be & that is why it is PERFECT
(C) that are worn, it was alleged - tense 'was' is not correct
(D) alleged as having been worn - alleged as is a wrong idiomatic use
(E) that are worn, allegedly -- 'allegedly' wrong modification

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