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Although early soap operas were first aired on evening radio in the 1920's, they had moved to the daytime hours of the 1930's when the evening schedule became crowded with comedians and variety shows.

(A) were first aired on evening radio in the 1920's, they had moved to the daytime hours of the 1930's
(B) were first aired on evening radio in the 1920's, they were moved to the daytime hours in the 1930's
(C) were aired first on evening radio in the 1920's, moving to the daytime hours in the 1930's
(D) were aired first in the evening on 1920's radio, they moved to the daytime hours of the 1930's
(E) aired on evening radio first in the 1920's, they were moved to the 1930's in the daytime hours

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10 Sep 2005, 12:03
B is the only correct one.

A uses wrong past perfet tense

C shouldn't be aired first but first aired

D same problem as C

E aired on radio first is not correct form
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05 Jan 2008, 09:08
B

||ism: ... in the 1920's....in the 1930's.... B and C remain.

Problems with "first" and "moving" in C.
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02 Feb 2012, 20:08
how do we know that we need parallel structure for the two clauses in this sentence? (Although early ..........) and (they had........shows)
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06 Feb 2012, 20:40
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Please read this from the given link; it is a rule that we do not use two different voices in sentences containing two clauses that are joined by a conjunction. I have also quoted the relevant part relating to voices.
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http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/623/1/

Not Parallel:
The salesman expected that he would present his product at the meeting, that there would be time for him to show his slide presentation, and that questions would be asked by prospective buyers. (passive)
Parallel:
The salesman expected that he would present his product at the meeting, that there would be time for him to show his slide presentation, and that prospective buyers would ask him questions.

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The answer I chose was B:

A. It does not make sense to use "had moved" in the past perfect tense because it logically does not make sense and it is not parallel to "were first aired." Also, "of the 1930s" should be "in the 1930s."

B. This sentence is correct because "were aired and were moved" are parallel and they logically make sense given the dates. Also, "in the 1920s and in the 1930s" are parallel.

C. The verb-ing modifier seems to modify the first clause, but that doesn't really make sense. This modifier also creates a sentence fragment.

D. "They moved" is incorrect. It seems to say that they voluntarily moved to the daytime hours when in fact they were "were moved." There is a slight logical difference here. Also, "in the 1920s and in the 1930s" should be used.

E. The verbs are not parallel. Also, it sounds like the soap operas were moved to the 1930s? This does not make any sense at all.
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10 Mar 2012, 19:02
+1 for B.

A incorrectly uses past perfect for later past.

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ywilfred wrote:
Although early soap operas were first aired on evening radio in the 1920â€™s, they had moved to the daytime hours of the 1930â€™s when the evening schedule became crowded with comedians and variety shows.

(A) were first aired on evening radio in the 1920â€™s, they had moved to the daytime hours of the 1930â€™s
(B) were first aired on evening radio in the 1920â€™s, they were moved to the daytime hours in the 1930â€™s
(C) were aired first on evening radio in the 1920â€™s, moving to the daytime hours in the 1930â€™s
(D) were aired first in the evening on 1920â€™s radio, they moved to the daytime hours of the 1930â€™s
(E) aired on evening radio first in the 1920â€™s, they were moved to the 1930â€™s in the daytime hours

The intended meaning for the sentence is that in the 1920's was when the early soap operas were first aired on evening radio. This doesn't mean that the early soap operas aired first on evening radio. These are two different things. Thus, we eliminate (C) and (D).

On the verb side, the early soap opera cannot air itself. The usage of "aired" over "were aired" makes the "early soap opera" the doer of the action which is wrong. Thus, we eliminate (E). For the same reason, we also eliminate (A) with its active usage of "moved."

Answer: A
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Re: Although early soap operas were first aired on evening radio [#permalink]

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16 Nov 2013, 22:30
daagh wrote:
@teal

Please read this from the given link; it is a rule that we do not use two different voices in sentences containing two clauses that are joined by a conjunction. I have also quoted the relevant part relating to voices.
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My understanding is that if there are multiple event , we need to use 'had' or past perfect tense to show sequence clearly. is this understanding correct ?

If yes,
why it does not applicable in current case ( is it because 1920 & 1930 have already done this job ?)
if no,
I will have to dig deeper in some grammar books to clarify my understanding...
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