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In London that afforded its playwrights only two theaters, Aphna Behn, by 1687, had 17 of her plays staged in as many years.

a. In London that afforded its playwrights only two theaters,
b. In a London that afforded its playwrights only two theaters,
c. Even though London's playwrights only were afforded two theaters,
d. Only two theaters were afforded by London to its playwrights, and
e. Two theaters only were afforded by London for its playwrights, and


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Isn't London a city of England?
2. What's the difference between "in London" and "in a London" in the context of the sentence ?
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Re: In London that afforded its playwrights only two theaters , [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2012, 15:38
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Don't worry - there is only one London :).

The "different Londons" is the city over time. For example:

In a London known for its abject poverty, 19th century author Charles Dickens was known for using such destitution as the backdrop for many of his novels.

In a London so transformed by multiculturalism, today's tourist, at times, feels as though he or she is walking through a suburb of New Delhi.


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Re: In London that afforded its playwrights only two theaters , [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2014, 07:32
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Re: In London that afforded its playwrights only two theaters , [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2014, 04:03
what does the sentence really mean? I do not get it :(
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Re: In London that afforded its playwrights only two theaters , [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2014, 07:43
I also don't get the sentence and what it's trying to say.
Can anyone explain?
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Re: In London that afforded its playwrights only two theaters , [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2014, 00:35
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This sentence features two constructions that people may not be familiar with:

1) "a London"
This is a way of saying "In London, at a time when . . . "
For instance, I might say "She lived in a London very different from the city I visited last year" even if the city I visited was London! I'm using it to talk about how London was at that particular moment.

2) "afforded"
Usually, we say "I can't afford that car" or "I can afford to splurge on this meal." What we see here is a different usage, meaning "provided [someone] with."

"The tight deadline afforded him little room for reflection."


So the sentence, as correctly written in (B), is basically saying this:

"In 1687, London only had two theaters where playwrights might have their work produced. Despite this, Aphra Behn had managed to have 17 of her plays staged there over the previous 17 years."

I hope this helps.
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Re: In London that afforded its playwrights only two theaters , [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2014, 00:45
And i thought that the contrast is needed, so marked option C.
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Re: In London that afforded its playwrights only two theaters , [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2014, 01:02
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The use of "only were" (vs. "were only") in (C) is not good, but there is also a meaning issue. Who is affording the playwrights two theaters? We don't know. It almost sounds like
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