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Alexander Pope

Post Fri Feb 12, 2010 1:53 am
In 1713, Alexander Pope began his translation of the Iliad, a work that, taking him seven
years until completion, and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary,
pronounced the greatest translation in any language.


A. his translation of the Iliad, a work that, taking him seven years until completion,
and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced
B. his translation of the Iliad, a work that took him seven years to complete and that
literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced
C. his translation of the Iliad, a work that had taken seven years to complete and that
literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced it as
D. translating the Iliad, a work that took seven years until completion and that
literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced it as
E. translating the Iliad, a work that had taken seven years to complete and literary
critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced it

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Post Wed Feb 17, 2010 5:42 am
@ Harsha

Thanks 4 dis link !

But Stacy launguage is too hard for me 2 digest... Smile


Can u explain why D is wrong.... ?


Thanks!

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Post Wed Feb 17, 2010 5:59 am
Can anyone explain the redundancy in the pronoun "it" at the end of the sentence? Does "and that" not create another clause which needs a reference of the noun used in the previous clause?

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Post Sat Feb 13, 2010 8:54 pm
mgmt_gmat wrote:
In 1713, Alexander Pope began his translation of the Iliad, a work that, taking him seven
years until completion, and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary,
pronounced the greatest translation in any language.


A. his translation of the Iliad, a work that, taking him seven years until completion, and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced - Wrong tense
B. his translation of the Iliad, a work that took him seven years to complete and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced - Correct
C. his translation of the Iliad, a work that had taken seven years to complete and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced it as - 'it' is not needed here
D. translating the Iliad, a work that took seven years until completion and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced it as - same as C
E. translating the Iliad, a work that had taken seven years to complete and literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced it- same as C

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Last edited by komal on Wed Feb 17, 2010 10:32 am; edited 2 times in total

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Post Sat Feb 13, 2010 10:47 pm
IMO B... because you need "took" over "taking"... also the "it" at the end of many of the sentences I feel is unecessary

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Post Sun Feb 14, 2010 4:51 am
The sentence says
Quote:
In 1713, Alexander Pope began his translation
. While the phrase
Quote:
a work that had taken seven years to complete
suggests making the statement after his work completion. So C and E is out. And in A and D the phrase
Quote:
until completion
is wrong. So correct choice is B.

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Post Wed Feb 17, 2010 4:56 am
very close call b/w B and D


IMO it's D b'coz option B is wordy as it's repeatedly saying his/ him for obvious thing...

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Post Wed Feb 17, 2010 5:25 am
mgmt_gmat wrote:
In 1713, Alexander Pope began his translation of the Iliad, a work that, taking him seven
years until completion, and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary,
pronounced the greatest translation in any language.


A. his translation of the Iliad, a work that, taking him seven years until completion,
and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced
B. his translation of the Iliad, a work that took him seven years to complete and that
literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced
C. his translation of the Iliad, a work that had taken seven years to complete and that
literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced it as
D. translating the Iliad, a work that took seven years until completion and that
literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced it as
E. translating the Iliad, a work that had taken seven years to complete and literary
critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced it
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