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Public-access cable television was created in the 1970s as a means to derive public benefit from the laying of private television cables on public land.

a: from the laying of private television cables on public land

b: from laying private television cables on the public land

c: by the laying of private television cables on the public's land

d: from private television cables being laid on public land

e: by laying private television cables on land that was public
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Re: laying of [#permalink] New post 21 May 2010, 02:21
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Public-access cable television was created in the 1970s as a means to derive public benefit from the laying of private television cables on public land.

a: from the laying of private television cables on public land

b: from laying private television cables on the public land

c: by the laying of private television cables on the public's land

d: from private television cables being laid on public land

e: by laying private television cables on land that was public


come on guys .....no one is willing to take this challenging question ?
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Re: laying of [#permalink] New post 21 May 2010, 02:36
[quote="dimitri92"]Public-access cable television was created in the 1970s as a means to derive public benefit from the laying of private television cables on public land.

a: from the laying of private television cables on public land

b: from laying private television cables on the public land

c: by the laying of private television cables on the public's land

d: from private television cables being laid on public land

e: by laying private television cables on land that was public wordy

the correct idiom here is to benefit from, so we are left with A and B.
The key here, I guess so, is that the author is thying to emphasize the importance of the first part of the sentence, i.e. the laying of private television cables but not from the fact that it is laid on public land.
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Re: laying of [#permalink] New post 21 May 2010, 06:19
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the correct idiom here is to benefit from, so we are left with A and B.
The key here, I guess so, is that the author is thying to emphasize the importance of the first part of the sentence, i.e. the laying of private television cables but not from the fact that it is laid on public land.


you still missed out an important point in the answer choices ... i'll wait for a couple of more posts

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Re: laying of [#permalink] New post 21 May 2010, 07:11
The correct idiom is 'benefit from'...that leaves A and B.

B says.....'the public land'....'the' with 'public land' is incorrect....'the' is a definite pronoun and is used to emphasize specificity.....public land means general public land and it is incorrect to say 'the public land'

Public-access cable television was created in the 1970s as a means to derive public benefit from the laying of private television cables on public land.

a: from the laying of private television cables on public land

b: from laying private television cables on the public land
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Re: laying of [#permalink] New post 21 May 2010, 07:26
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The correct idiom is 'benefit from'...that leaves A and B.

B says.....'the public land'....'the' with 'public land' is incorrect....'the' is a definite pronoun and is used to emphasize specificity.....public land means general public land and it is incorrect to say 'the public land'



thanks seekmba ... this is exactly what i wanted the people to see

public land is a noun ... the would be helpful if we wanted to indicate a particular public land

this rule alone makes us choose the right answer :D

the OA is A btw

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Re: Public-access cable television was created in the 1970s as a [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2012, 06:37
can anyone explain from and by controversy

i didn get it please!!!!

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Re: Public-access cable television was created in the 1970s as a [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2012, 16:48
A tough question. Thanks for the rule explanation though.
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Re: Public-access cable television was created in the 1970s as a [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2013, 21:16
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