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In major cities of industrialized countries at the end of [#permalink]
18 Aug 2007, 14:12
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In major cities of industrialized countries at the end of the 19th century, important public places such as theaters, restaurants, shops and banks had installed electric lighting, but electricity was in less than one percent of homes, where lighting was still provided mainly by candles or gas.
a. electricity was in less than one percent of homes, where lighting was still
b. electricity was in less than one percent of homes and lighting still
c. there were less than one percent of homes with electricity, where lighting was still being
d. there was less than one percent of homes that had electricity, having lighting that was still
e. less than one percent of homes had electricity, where lighting had still been
A. Correct use of modifier. "where" is appropriately used with "homes".
B. but electricity was ... and lighting still... not the intended meaning. The sentence structure seems to suggest that all lighting was provided mainly by gas or candles. This contradicts the sentence's meaning since the lighting in theaters, restaurants etc. was already provided by electricity.
C. "where lighting was still being" modifies electricity. This is incorrect. "being" is not preferable.
D. "having lighting that was still" modifies electricity. This is incorrect.
E. "where lighting had still been" modifies electricity. This is incorrect.
Because in B we have 2 independent clauses "electricity was ..." and " and lighting still ...." which have to be connected at least by comma or transformed to main and dependent (subordinate) clauses as A does.
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