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In La Plata, Argentina, one of the first cities that was offering the public complimentary wireless Internet access; anyone with a wireless-enabled device can access the Internet from virtually any location in the downtown area

A) that was offering the public complimentary wireless Internet access; anyone with a wireless-enabled device can

B) has offered complimentary wireless Internet access to the public; with a wireless-enabled device, anyone can

C) to offer complimentary wireless Internet access to the public, anyone with a wireless-enabled device may

D) offering the public complimentary wireless Internet access, enabling anyone with a wireless-enabled device to

E) offers to the public complimentary wireless Internet access, which, with a wireless-enabled device, allows anyone to

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a. that was offering the public complimentary wireless Internet access; anyone with a wireless-enabled device can
Part 1: "In La Plata"... has NO verb before the end of semicolon. Please note, semicolon is used to join independent clauses (=S+V)

b. has offered complimentary wireless Internet access to the public; with a wireless-enabled device, anyone can
There is a difference between "with legs, anyone can do ABC" and "anyone with legs can do ABC".
In the first case, it implies HOW "anyone" can do ABC. In the second, it simply says "anyone with legs" can do ABC.
This choice speaks about first case, while the sentence meaning is the one in second case.

c. to offer complimentary wireless Internet access to the public, anyone with a wireless-enabled device may
"In La Plata, one of the first cities to offer...., anyone..MAY" Correct S+V pair
" one of the first cities to offer...." is acting as an appositive phrase.

d. offering the public complimentary wireless Internet access, enabling anyone with a wireless-enabled device to
"In La Plata, ...one of the first cities offering..., enabling..." has NO verb.

e. offers to the public complimentary wireless Internet access, which, with a wireless-enabled device, allows anyone to
"offers" introduces a huge shift in meaning.
According to the original sentence, "La Plata" IS the city that is offering public complimentary stuff.
However, according to this choice, it says "In La Plata, ..., one of the first cities offers". As you can see it means, in La Plata there are many cities, and in one of those cities public complimentary stuff is given!

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In La Plata, Argentina, one of the first cities that
was offering the public complimentary wireless Internet access[IC];
anyone with a wireless-enabled device can access the Internet from virtually any location in the downtown area.[IC2]

Intended meaning:
La-Plata, Argentina, was one of the first cities to offer complimentary wireless Internet access to the public.
Anyone in La-Plata with a wireless-enabled device can access the Internet from virtually any location in the downtown area.

A) that was offering the public complimentary wireless Internet access; anyone with a wireless-enabled device can
>>missing main verb.Out.
B) has offered complimentary wireless Internet access to the public; with a wireless-enabled device, anyone can
>>In La Plata, Argentina, one of the first cities has offered... pretty weird in meaning.Is there another city within La Plata? Out.
C) to offer complimentary wireless Internet access to the public, anyone with a wireless-enabled device may [Sub clause,Main clause ]
D) offering the public complimentary wireless Internet access, enabling anyone with a wireless-enabled device to
>>missing main verb.Out.
E) offers to the public complimentary wireless Internet access, which, with a wireless-enabled device, allows anyone to
>>Same as B.
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In La Plata, Argentina, one of the first cities that was offering the public complimentary wireless Internet access; anyone with a wireless-enabled device can access the Internet from virtually any location in the downtown area.

a. that was offering the public complimentary wireless Internet access; anyone with a wireless-enabled device can

b. has offered complimentary wireless Internet access to the public; with a wireless-enabled device, anyone can

c. to offer complimentary wireless Internet access to the public, anyone with a wireless-enabled device may

d. offering the public complimentary wireless Internet access, enabling anyone with a wireless-enabled device to

e. offers to the public complimentary wireless Internet access, which, with a wireless-enabled device, allows anyone to
This sentence describes a noteworthy fact about the city of La Plata, Argentina: the city offers complimentary wireless Internet access to anyone with a wireless-enabled device.

It is mentioned below that in the slution that modifier is followed by an independant clause. Whereas it is separated by only a comma in the choices appeared.

(C) CORRECT. The idiomatic construction one of the first to is used correctly. The modifier is followed by an independent clause, and all parts of the sentence convey a logical meaning.

I agree that "one of th first to do sth" is correct but after replacinf the underlined portion with option C it looks like

In La Plata, Argentina, one of the first cities to offer complimentary wireless Internet access to the public, anyone with a wireless-enabled device may access the Internet from virtually any location in the downtown area.

I feel the verb is missing even from this sentence. I re-expressed it as below
Sentence 1: In La.., Argentina, one of the first cities to offer complimentary wireless internet access to the public.
one of the...... is a modifier defining Argentina where is verb in this sentence.

, is to replaced by ;

sentence 2:anyone with a wireless-enabled device may access the Internet from virtually any location in the downtown area. This seems ok.

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to offer complimentary wireless Internet access to the public -- is modifying La Plata.

to offer is idiomatically correct.

If you read is without modifier, it makes perfect sense:

In La Plata, Argentina, one of the first cities to offer complimentary wireless Internet access to the public, anyone with a wireless-enabled device may access the Internet from virtually any location in the downtown area.
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A) that was offering the public complimentary wireless Internet access; anyone with a wireless-enabled device can - Incorrect - First clause is a dependent clause. ';' is used to join two independent clauses

B) has offered complimentary wireless Internet access to the public; with a wireless-enabled device, anyone can - Incorrect - Same error as in A + Verb is not used correctly

C) to offer complimentary wireless Internet access to the public, anyone with a wireless-enabled device may - Correct

D) offering the public complimentary wireless Internet access, enabling anyone with a wireless-enabled device to - Incorrect - Missing verb error.

E) offers to the public complimentary wireless Internet access, which, with a wireless-enabled device, allows anyone to - Incorrect - Awkward sentence structure + many glaring errors

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02 Sep 2016, 00:38
Hi,
I'm confused with option - C, which is the correct answer though. In the sentence ... ,anyone ...is used after a clause and separated with only a comma. Then, how can this clause 'anyone with ...' can be considered an independent clause over here.

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Hi,
I'm confused with option - C, which is the correct answer though. In the sentence ... ,anyone ...is used after a clause and separated with only a comma. Then, how can this clause 'anyone with ...' can be considered an independent clause over here.

First, The initial portion of the sentence (In La Plata, Argentina, one of the first cities to offer complimentary wireless Internet access to the public) is not a clause - it is a prepositional phrase: there is no verb in this part.

Moreover even if the first portion were a clause, there is no issue with the second portion being an independent clause:
Although I tried hard, I lost. ( I lost is an independent clause - "used after a clause and separated with only a comma" - nothing wrong with this construction.)
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anchal25 wrote:
Hi,
I'm confused with option - C, which is the correct answer though. In the sentence ... ,anyone ...is used after a clause and separated with only a comma. Then, how can this clause 'anyone with ...' can be considered an independent clause over here.

First, The initial portion of the sentence (In La Plata, Argentina, one of the first cities to offer complimentary wireless Internet access to the public) is not a clause - it is a prepositional phrase: there is no verb in this part.

Moreover even if the first portion were a clause, there is no issue with the second portion being an independent clause:
Although I tried hard, I lost. ( I lost is an independent clause - "used after a clause and separated with only a comma" - nothing wrong with this construction.)

Can you please tell me what is wrong with option E?
I'm unable to understand.
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anchal25 wrote:
Hi,
I'm confused with option - C, which is the correct answer though. In the sentence ... ,anyone ...is used after a clause and separated with only a comma. Then, how can this clause 'anyone with ...' can be considered an independent clause over here.

First, The initial portion of the sentence (In La Plata, Argentina, one of the first cities to offer complimentary wireless Internet access to the public) is not a clause - it is a prepositional phrase: there is no verb in this part.

Moreover even if the first portion were a clause, there is no issue with the second portion being an independent clause:
Although I tried hard, I lost. ( I lost is an independent clause - "used after a clause and separated with only a comma" - nothing wrong with this construction.)

Can you please tell me what is wrong with option E?
I'm unable to understand.

Option E implies that one of the first cities offer internet access in La Plata - i.e., "La Plata" and "one of the first cities" are different entities. It is not clear that La Plata itself is one of the first cities.
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Can you solve my doubts? Thanks

In the question An Offer is made, so we need to take care of To Someone? Here, To Public. Is that one of the important things in this question?
I always get confused when there are couple of commas initially and later a semi colon. In that case I consider that because of excess commas earlier, the author used a semi-colon to just remove excess of commas; hence inserted a semi-colon. So that semi-colon may not be an independent clause in itself - is that understanding of mine correct? If yes, then is that excess commas earlier in the sentence and later inserting a semi-colon rule correct in original choice?
Further, because of above understanding, I considered one of the first cities that was offering the public complimentary wireless Internet access; anyone with a wireless-enabled device can cities(Subject) that was offering (verb), and.....'can' as verb of Anyone. So in (A), "one of the first cities that was offering" is wrong because of additional THAT and/or because of Past Continuous Tense- was offering. Because past continuous has to be with respect to some other action, which will not be in continuous form. Thats why option (A) is wrong?
In option (C) I wasn't able to fit in 'To Offer'.
In option (C) if it were 'Cities offering ...', then will it be correct? And that 'To Public' plays a vital role for picking option (C)

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Can you solve my doubts? Thanks

In the question An Offer is made, so we need to take care of To Someone? Here, To Public. Is that one of the important things in this question?
I always get confused when there are couple of commas initially and later a semi colon. In that case I consider that because of excess commas earlier, the author used a semi-colon to just remove excess of commas; hence inserted a semi-colon. So that semi-colon may not be an independent clause in itself - is that understanding of mine correct? If yes, then is that excess commas earlier in the sentence and later inserting a semi-colon rule correct in original choice?
Further, because of above understanding, I considered one of the first cities that was offering the public complimentary wireless Internet access; anyone with a wireless-enabled device can cities(Subject) that was offering (verb), and.....'can' as verb of Anyone. So in (A), "one of the first cities that was offering" is wrong because of additional THAT and/or because of Past Continuous Tense- was offering. Because past continuous has to be with respect to some other action, which will not be in continuous form. Thats why option (A) is wrong?
In option (C) I wasn't able to fit in 'To Offer'.
In option (C) if it were 'Cities offering ...', then will it be correct? And that 'To Public' plays a vital role for picking option (C)

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"Offer to + object" and "offer + object" both can be correct.

I offered a beer to him.... correct. ( Indirect object "him" comes after direct object "beer": "to" required)
I offerd him a beer... correct. ( Indirect object "him" comes before direct object "beer": "to" not required)

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Semicolon can be used in the following cases:

1. To separate two Independent clauseS. here you may consider semicolon equivalent to a full stop.
2. Used instead of comma in nested lists. If there is a list within a list then comma is used in the outer list and semicolon in the inner.

However there is no rule that if there are many commas, one should use semicolon later.

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A is wrong because of past continuous. You correctly identified the error. There is no problem with "that". ("that...." is a relative clause modifier.)

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The core structure of option C is as follows:

In La Plata, anyone can access the Internet.

Now add a modifier for La Plata: one of the first cities to offer complimentary Internet. The sentence becomes,

In La Plata, one of the first cities to offer complimentary internet, anyone can access the Internet.

The following would also be correct:
In La Plata, one of the first cities offering complimentary internet, anyone can access the Internet. ("offering.." is a present participle modifier - could also have been a relative clause modifier" that offered or offers")

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31 Jan 2017, 06:44
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ravi19012015 wrote:
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Can you solve my doubts? Thanks

In the question An Offer is made, so we need to take care of To Someone? Here, To Public. Is that one of the important things in this question?
I always get confused when there are couple of commas initially and later a semi colon. In that case I consider that because of excess commas earlier, the author used a semi-colon to just remove excess of commas; hence inserted a semi-colon. So that semi-colon may not be an independent clause in itself - is that understanding of mine correct? If yes, then is that excess commas earlier in the sentence and later inserting a semi-colon rule correct in original choice?
Further, because of above understanding, I considered one of the first cities that was offering the public complimentary wireless Internet access; anyone with a wireless-enabled device can cities(Subject) that was offering (verb), and.....'can' as verb of Anyone. So in (A), "one of the first cities that was offering" is wrong because of additional THAT and/or because of Past Continuous Tense- was offering. Because past continuous has to be with respect to some other action, which will not be in continuous form. Thats why option (A) is wrong?
In option (C) I wasn't able to fit in 'To Offer'.
In option (C) if it were 'Cities offering ...', then will it be correct? And that 'To Public' plays a vital role for picking option (C)

Thank you again

"Offer to + object" and "offer + object" both can be correct.

I offered a beer to him.... correct. ( Indirect object "him" comes after direct object "beer": "to" required)
I offerd him a beer... correct. ( Indirect object "him" comes before direct object "beer": "to" not required)

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Semicolon can be used in the following cases:

1. To separate two Independent clauseS. here you may consider semicolon equivalent to a full stop.
2. Used instead of comma in nested lists. If there is a list within a list then comma is used in the outer list and semicolon in the inner.

However there is no rule that if there are many commas, one should use semicolon later.

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A is wrong because of past continuous. You correctly identified the error. There is no problem with "that". ("that...." is a relative clause modifier.)

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The core structure of option C is as follows:

In La Plata, anyone can access the Internet.

Now add a modifier for La Plata: one of the first cities to offer complimentary Internet. The sentence becomes,

In La Plata, one of the first cities to offer complimentary internet, anyone can access the Internet.

The following would also be correct:
In La Plata, one of the first cities offering complimentary internet, anyone can access the Internet. ("offering.." is a present participle modifier - could also have been a relative clause modifier" that offered or offers")

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Thanks a ton.
So for semicolons I need to take care of "2. Used instead of comma in nested lists. If there is a list within a list then comma is used in the outer list and semicolon in the inner." No such rule as I mentioned.
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a. that was offering the public complimentary wireless Internet access; anyone with a wireless-enabled device can
Part 1: "In La Plata"... has NO verb before the end of semicolon. Please note, semicolon is used to join independent clauses (=S+V)

b. has offered complimentary wireless Internet access to the public; with a wireless-enabled device, anyone can
There is a difference between "with legs, anyone can do ABC" and "anyone with legs can do ABC".
In the first case, it implies HOW "anyone" can do ABC. In the second, it simply says "anyone with legs" can do ABC.
This choice speaks about first case, while the sentence meaning is the one in second case.

c. to offer complimentary wireless Internet access to the public, anyone with a wireless-enabled device may
"In La Plata, one of the first cities to offer...., anyone..MAY" Correct S+V pair
" one of the first cities to offer...." is acting as an appositive phrase.

d. offering the public complimentary wireless Internet access, enabling anyone with a wireless-enabled device to
"In La Plata, ...one of the first cities offering..., enabling..." has NO verb.

e. offers to the public complimentary wireless Internet access, which, with a wireless-enabled device, allows anyone to
"offers" introduces a huge shift in meaning.
According to the original sentence, "La Plata" IS the city that is offering public complimentary stuff.
However, according to this choice, it says "In La Plata, ..., one of the first cities offers". As you can see it means, in La Plata there are many cities, and in one of those cities public complimentary stuff is given!

I do not understand your reasoning in B. It may be that With "with a wireless-enabled device, anyone can" we describe HOW anyone can do that action, but how does it alter the meaning ?

I think there is another reason why we have to reject answer choice B and that is meaning. When saying "one of the first cities has offered ..." it is not clear that La Plata is one of the first cities. It sounds that inside La Plata there is a city that has offered...

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Patronus wrote:
a. that was offering the public complimentary wireless Internet access; anyone with a wireless-enabled device can
Part 1: "In La Plata"... has NO verb before the end of semicolon. Please note, semicolon is used to join independent clauses (=S+V)

b. has offered complimentary wireless Internet access to the public; with a wireless-enabled device, anyone can
There is a difference between "with legs, anyone can do ABC" and "anyone with legs can do ABC".
In the first case, it implies HOW "anyone" can do ABC. In the second, it simply says "anyone with legs" can do ABC.
This choice speaks about first case, while the sentence meaning is the one in second case.

c. to offer complimentary wireless Internet access to the public, anyone with a wireless-enabled device may
"In La Plata, one of the first cities to offer...., anyone..MAY" Correct S+V pair
" one of the first cities to offer...." is acting as an appositive phrase.

d. offering the public complimentary wireless Internet access, enabling anyone with a wireless-enabled device to
"In La Plata, ...one of the first cities offering..., enabling..." has NO verb.

e. offers to the public complimentary wireless Internet access, which, with a wireless-enabled device, allows anyone to
"offers" introduces a huge shift in meaning.
According to the original sentence, "La Plata" IS the city that is offering public complimentary stuff.
However, according to this choice, it says "In La Plata, ..., one of the first cities offers". As you can see it means, in La Plata there are many cities, and in one of those cities public complimentary stuff is given!
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Expert, I am convinced with the use of "to offer" in choice C.

But I rejected this choice because clauses joined by "," are two independent clauses. Can you please elaborate this structure.
Clause 1. City to offer complimentary wireless internet access.
Clause 2. Anyone with a wireless.......
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Expert, I am convinced with the use of "to offer" in choice C.

But I rejected this choice because clauses joined by "," are two independent clauses. Can you please elaborate this structure.
Clause 1. City to offer complimentary wireless internet access.
Clause 2. Anyone with a wireless.......

Please refer to the following post
https://gmatclub.com/forum/in-la-plata- ... l#p1730914
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Expert, I am convinced with the use of "to offer" in choice C.

But I rejected this choice because clauses joined by "," are two independent clauses. Can you please elaborate this structure.
Clause 1. City to offer complimentary wireless internet access.
Clause 2. Anyone with a wireless.......

Please refer to the following post
https://gmatclub.com/forum/in-la-plata- ... l#p1730914

Thanks, I overlooked this post...
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First, The initial portion of the sentence (In La Plata, Argentina, one of the first cities to offer complimentary wireless Internet access to the public) is not a clause - it is a prepositional phrase: there is no verb in this part.

Moreover even if the first portion were a clause, there is no issue with the second portion being an independent clause:
Although I tried hard, I lost. ( I lost is an independent clause - "used after a clause and separated with only a comma" - nothing wrong with this construction.)

Hello sayantanc2k ,
If the sentence had a verb , how would it be rephrased?

I went for C but after reading the statement , felt the need of semicolon , because of IC , IC incorrect sentence formation

Any tips as to how to identify the statement is a clause/prepositional phrase ?
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