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In London that afforded its playwrights only two theaters, [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2013, 10:37
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In London that afforded its playwrights only two theaters, Alpha 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 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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Re: need help with this sc question [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2013, 11:28
Hi,
I think the answer is C.
Meaning: Though London could afford only two theaters for performance, Alpha Behn had performed 17 shows in these two theaters.

C1: In London that afforded its playwrights only two theaters,
C2: Alpha Behn, by 1687, had 17 of her plays staged in as many years.

C conveys the proper meaning.
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Re: need help with this sc question [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2013, 11:39
hey the answer is B. I tried a lot but couldn't understand why.
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Re: need help with this sc question [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2013, 20:44
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Hesoyamgaurav wrote:
In London that afforded its playwrights only two theaters, Alpha 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 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


Please help me with this question.


The core of the sentence is "Alpha Behn had 17 plays staged (in 17 years)". This core has proper meaning when it's led by a subordinate clause that gives information about the difficulty of having plays staged in London. Answers D & E are independent clauses (using "and" to coordinate the 2 independent clauses), so those don't give the proper meaning and can be eliminated.

In answer choice C, the meaning of "afford" is changed. The meaning of the sentence seems to be that London afforded (or supplied/provided) only 2 theaters to its playwrights. In C, the playwrights are are the subject and they could only afford (or pay for) 2 theaters. That change in meaning is not justified and is also a bit illogical because the playwrights are staged at the theaters - they don't own the theaters.

The only difference between A & B is the "a" before London and that "a" is required to provide proper meaning. In choice A, the into phrase "In London" means "within London" and is a descriptive phrase, but as a descriptive phrase that clause is left without a subject. Eliminate A.

By saying "In a London" we now recognize that London is the subject of the clause and the city of London only afforded (or supplied) 2 theaters to its playwrights. Answer choice B is correct.

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Re: need help with this sc question [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2013, 20:56
KyleWiddison wrote:
Hesoyamgaurav wrote:
In London that afforded its playwrights only two theaters, Alpha 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 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


Please help me with this question.


The core of the sentence is "Alpha Behn had 17 plays staged (in 17 years)". This core has proper meaning when it's led by a subordinate clause that gives information about the difficulty of having plays staged in London. Answers D & E are independent clauses (using "and" to coordinate the 2 independent clauses), so those don't give the proper meaning and can be eliminated.

In answer choice C, the meaning of "afford" is changed. The meaning of the sentence seems to be that London afforded (or supplied/provided) only 2 theaters to its playwrights. In C, the playwrights are are the subject and they could only afford (or pay for) 2 theaters. That change in meaning is not justified and is also a bit illogical because the playwrights are staged at the theaters - they don't own the theaters.

The only difference between A & B is the "a" before London and that "a" is required to provide proper meaning. In choice A, the into phrase "In London" means "within London" and is a descriptive phrase, but as a descriptive phrase that clause is left without a subject. Eliminate A.

By saying "In a London" we now recognize that London is the subject of the clause and the city of London only afforded (or supplied) 2 theaters to its playwrights. Answer choice B is correct.

KW






Thankyou for the explanation. Really spent a lot of time to understand this question :)
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