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Which of the following best completes the passage below?

The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake destroyed over half the city and changed the development of the California economy, but much of the damage was actually caused by fire. It has been estimated that as much as 90% of the total destruction was a result of fire damage rather than movement of the earth. This figure is likely exaggerated, however, because the nearly universal practice of insuring San Francisco properties against fire but not earthquake damage all but guaranteed that .

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most damage to the city was blamed on fire
the city would eventually be rebuilt
insurance companies were forced to offer earthquake coverage
residents subsequently moved to other cities where earthquake coverage was available
buildings not damaged by fire were never repaired

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OA is A...pls somebdy care to explain...the meaning of the last sentence of the passage and the reason for A..
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29 Aug 2009, 12:38
A looks correct

This figure is likely exaggerated, however, because the nearly universal practice of insuring San Francisco properties against fire but not earthquake damage all but guaranteed that .most damage to the city was blamed on fire

This line tries to say that most damage was blamed on fire so, buildings can claim insurance money
If the building clamis that the damage is because of Earth quake then there will be no money.

Well, i am not good in explaining.let me know if you are still confused , i will try to provide better explaination
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30 Aug 2009, 03:13
ichha148 wrote:
A looks correct

This figure is likely exaggerated, however, because the nearly universal practice of insuring San Francisco properties against fire but not earthquake damage all but guaranteed that .most damage to the city was blamed on fire

This line tries to say that most damage was blamed on fire so, buildings can claim insurance money
If the building clamis that the damage is because of Earth quake then there will be no money.

Well, i am not good in explaining.let me know if you are still confused , i will try to provide better explaination

Yes the reasoning is correct .... I thought about it before going through the options but ....the A and the last sentence dsnt mean that .....Also i m least aware what does it mean...pls explain the sentecne language.and how does it explain
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30 Aug 2009, 17:32
rohansherry wrote:
ichha148 wrote:
A looks correct

This figure is likely exaggerated, however, because the nearly universal practice of insuring San Francisco properties against fire but not earthquake damage all but guaranteed that .most damage to the city was blamed on fire

This line tries to say that most damage was blamed on fire so, buildings can claim insurance money
If the building clamis that the damage is because of Earth quake then there will be no money.

Well, i am not good in explaining.let me know if you are still confused , i will try to provide better explaination

Yes the reasoning is correct .... I thought about it before going through the options but ....the A and the last sentence dsnt mean that .....Also i m least aware what does it mean...pls explain the sentecne language.and how does it explain

I did not understand this part - the A and the last sentence dsnt mean that ? Please elaborate
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30 Aug 2009, 17:56
ichha148 wrote:
rohansherry wrote:
ichha148 wrote:
A looks correct

This figure is likely exaggerated, however, because the nearly universal practice of insuring San Francisco properties against fire but not earthquake damage all but guaranteed that .most damage to the city was blamed on fire

This line tries to say that most damage was blamed on fire so, buildings can claim insurance money
If the building clamis that the damage is because of Earth quake then there will be no money.

Well, i am not good in explaining.let me know if you are still confused , i will try to provide better explaination

Yes the reasoning is correct .... I thought about it before going through the options but ....the A and the last sentence dsnt mean that .....Also i m least aware what does it mean...pls explain the sentecne language.and how does it explain

I did not understand this part - the A and the last sentence dsnt mean that ? Please elaborate

I guess this means that option A and E are similar in meaning. I also agree with this. Both seem to convey the same message.
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30 Aug 2009, 22:37
This figure is likely exaggerated, however, because the nearly universal practice of insuring San Francisco properties against fire but not earthquake damage all but guaranteed that .most damage to the city was blamed on fire

pls explain the above line...i have included the ans in it.. To me it dsnt make sense
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02 Jun 2013, 06:08
rohansherry wrote:
This figure is likely exaggerated, however, because the nearly universal practice of insuring San Francisco properties against fire but not earthquake damage all but guaranteed that .most damage to the city was blamed on fire

pls explain the above line...i have included the ans in it.. To me it dsnt make sense

Can u explain ...the meaning of "however" here...
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02 Jun 2013, 09:53
ruplun wrote:
rohansherry wrote:
This figure is likely exaggerated, however, because the nearly universal practice of insuring San Francisco properties against fire but not earthquake damage all but guaranteed that .most damage to the city was blamed on fire

pls explain the above line...i have included the ans in it.. To me it dsnt make sense

Can u explain ...the meaning of "however" here...

Estimation: as much as 90% of the total destruction was a result of fire damage rather than movement of the earth.

The fig. above is questionable and that contrast is introduced by 'However'. This is because protection against fire is provided by insurance but same is not true for earthquake.
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02 Jun 2013, 22:17
rohansherry wrote:
This figure is likely exaggerated, however, because the nearly universal practice of insuring San Francisco properties against fire but not earthquake damage all but guaranteed that .most damage to the city was blamed on fire

pls explain the above line...i have included the ans in it.. To me it dsnt make sense

It has been estimated that as much as 90% of the total destruction was a result of fire damage rather than movement of the earth. However, this figure is likely to be an exaggerated one.

The role of 'however' is to indicate a contrast or contradictory opinion.

In those times, San Francisco properties had insurance against fire damage, but none against earthquake damage. So what would the building owners do? To claim insurance, it is likely that they would have claimed that the buildings were damaged by fire, rather than by the earthquake. Thus, some of the buildings would have been damaged by the earthquake, but would have been categorized under fire damage. This is why the figure of 90% is likely to have been an exaggerated estimate.
Hope this is clear.
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