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Marconi’s conception of the radio was as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation; instead, it is precisely the opposite, a tool for communicating with a large, public audience.

A. Marconi’s conception of the radio was as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation; instead, it is
B. Marconi conceived of the radio as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation, but which is
C. Marconi conceived of the radio as a tool for private conversation that could substitute for the telephone; instead, it has become
D. Marconi conceived of the radio to be a tool for private conversation, a substitute for the telephone, which has become
E. Marconi conceived of the radio to be a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation, other than what it is,

Category: Rhetorical construction; Logical predication
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2005, 00:58
can somebody explain the answers choices please?
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Re: SC: as [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2005, 01:21
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Marconi’s conception of the radio was as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation; instead, it is precisely the opposite, a tool for communicating with a large, public audience.

A. Marconi’s conception of the radio was as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation; instead, it is
B. Marconi conceived of the radio as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation, but which is
C. Marconi conceived of the radio as a tool for private conversation that could substitute for the telephone; instead, it has become
D. Marconi conceived of the radio to be a tool for private conversation, a substitute for the telephone, which has become
E. Marconi conceived of the radio to be a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation, other than what it is,


we have two clauses separated by a semi-colon - and the second clause needs to be in contrast with the first.
Use of a transitional tag "instead" brings out the contrast..and has become says that radio, invented by Marconi, is still in existence.

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Re: SC: as [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2005, 12:16
C it should be.
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Marconi’s conception of the radio was as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation; instead, it is precisely the opposite, a tool for communicating with a large, public audience.

A. Marconi’s conception of the radio was as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation; instead, it is
B. Marconi conceived of the radio as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation, but which is
C. Marconi conceived of the radio as a tool for private conversation that could substitute for the telephone; instead, it has become
D. Marconi conceived of the radio to be a tool for private conversation, a substitute for the telephone, which has become
E. Marconi conceived of the radio to be a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation, other than what it is,


looking at the answer choices without the appositive might help

A. Marconi’s conception of the radio was as a substitute for the telephone, instead, it is
B. Marconi conceived of the radio as a substitute for the telephone, but which is
C. Marconi conceived of the radio as a tool for private conversation that could substitute for the telephone; instead, it has become
D. Marconi conceived of the radio to be a tool for private conversation, which has become
E. Marconi conceived of the radio to be a substitute for the telephone, other than what it is,
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Re: SC: as [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2005, 04:42
marine wrote:
Marconi’s conception of the radio was as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation; instead, it is precisely the opposite, a tool for communicating with a large, public audience.

A. Marconi’s conception of the radio was as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation; instead, it is
B. Marconi conceived of the radio as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation, but which is
C. Marconi conceived of the radio as a tool for private conversation that could substitute for the telephone; instead, it has become
D. Marconi conceived of the radio to be a tool for private conversation, a substitute for the telephone, which has become
E. Marconi conceived of the radio to be a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation, other than what it is,


Go for C.

(A) Marconi’s conception of is wrong

All the usage of 'which' is wrong, B,D is out.

(E) 'other than what it is' is awkward
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Marconis conception of the radio was as a substitute for the [#permalink] New post 11 Aug 2005, 06:13
Marconi’s conception of the radio was as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation; instead, it is precisely the opposite, a tool for communicating with a large, public audience.

A. Marconi’s conception of the radio was as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation; instead, it is
B. Marconi conceived of the radio as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation, but which is
C. Marconi conceived of the radio as a tool for private conversation that could substitute for the telephone; instead, it has become
D. Marconi conceived of the radio to be a tool for private conversation, a substitute for the telephone, which has become
E. Marconi conceived of the radio to be a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation, other than what it is,
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Aug 2005, 06:29
A must be the answer;

"conceived of" in other choices seems inappropriate
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Aug 2005, 09:06
I'm taking (C) on this one. :)
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A is just fine...


A. Marconi’s conception of the radio was as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation; instead, it is

A is fine.. it clearly refers to Marconi’s conception

B. Marconi conceived of the radio as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation, but which is

- what does which refer to here..

C. Marconi conceived of the radio as a tool for private conversation that could substitute for the telephone; instead, it has become
- out , bad restrictive clause. Seems to indicate that private conversation could substitute for the telephone.

D. Marconi conceived of the radio to be a tool for private conversation, a substitute for the telephone, which has become
- out, sentence has a different meaning. Seems to say that private conversation is a substitute for the telephone and which clause is also weird. No clear referrent...

E. Marconi conceived of the radio to be a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation, other than what it is,

- weird constructionl, other than what it is....
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Marconis conception of the radio was as a substitute for the [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2005, 02:31
Marconi’s conception of the radio was as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation; instead, it is precisely the opposite, a tool for communicating with a large, public audience.

A) Marconi’s conception of the radio was as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation; instead, it is
B) Marconi conceived of the radio as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation, but which is
C) Marconi conceived of the radio as a tool for private conversation that could substitute for the telephone; instead, it has become
D) Marconi conceived of the radio to be a tool for private conversation, a substitute for the telephone, which has become
E) Marconi conceived of the radio to be a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation, other than what it is,
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Re: SC: Marconi’s conception [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2005, 08:14
C) Marconi conceived of the radio as a tool for private conversation that could substitute for the telephone; instead, it has become
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2005, 08:52
C looks good. Need the part to show the current "become"
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Re: SC: Marconi’s conception [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2005, 16:16
C sounds good. Needs "instead" to make the comparison.
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2005, 06:33
A is passive and all the other answer choices are too choppy with multiple commas.

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Marconis conception of the radio was as a substitute for the [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2005, 12:05
Marconi’s conception of the radio was as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation; instead, it is precisely the opposite, a tool for communicating with a large, public audience.

A. Marconi’s conception of the radio was as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation; instead, it is
B. Marconi conceived of the radio as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation, but which is
C. Marconi conceived of the radio as a tool for private conversation that could substitute for the telephone; instead, it has become
D. Marconi conceived of the radio to be a tool for private conversation, a substitute for the telephone, which has become
E. Marconi conceived of the radio to be a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation, other than what it is,
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2005, 12:17
I find " that could substitute for the telephone" somewhat strange, but the other choices please me to a leser extent. So I choose C.
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2005, 12:39
My answer is C

The sentence is correct and "it has become" is idiomatic to denote what it became
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2005, 12:46
Can you please explain me the "could substitute for the telephone" in E?

Is that proper English to say "A tool substitutes for the telephone"?
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2005, 14:24
I'm sticking with "A".. eager to know the OA...

Here is my reasoning :

I think conceived ... to be ..is idiomatic, therefore I'm eliminating B and C since they use the format conceived... as ...

In D, the "which" modifies telephone, though the intend was to modify radio.

E seems awkward and wordy

A doesn't seem all that great, but seem to be the better of the lot...
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2005, 17:49
[quote="TeHCM"]My answer is C

The sentence is correct and "it has become" is idiomatic to denote what it became[/quote]

By POE yes it is C but can you please explain the following


Instead, it has become a ABCD.

is that as complete sentence? Is 'it' accepatable in GMAT for a sentence to be considered complete.
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