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In London that afforded its playwrights only two theaters, Alpha Behn, by 1967, had 17 of her plays staged in as many years.
A. In London that afforded its playwrights only two theatres
B. In a London that afforded its playwrights only two theatres
C. Even though London's playwrights only were afforded two theatres
D. Only two theatres were afforded by London to its playwrights, and
E. Two theatres only were afforded by London for its playwrights, and

Can someone please tell me the answer, and explain the choice too.
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20 Mar 2011, 14:06
Only B make sense. the sentence basically describes a time period in London when most playwrights could afford only 2 theaters.

In London that afforded its playwrights only two theaters, Alpha Behn, by 1967, had 17 of her plays staged in as many years.
A. In London that afforded its playwrights only two theatres -'London that afforded' does not sound right
B. In a London that afforded its playwrights only two theatres - this is describing the London presumably of the past where playwright got only 2 theaters
C. Even though London's playwrights only were afforded two theatres - 'Were afforded' is not idomatic
D. Only two theatres were afforded by London to its playwrights, and - 'were afforded by London' does not sound correct
E. Two theatres only were afforded by London for its playwrights, and - same reason as d

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the only way 'London' can be followed by 'that' is when the usage is preceded with an 'a': In a London that afforded. A is wrong.
afforded by London to its playwrights - awkward usage of passive form makes the sentences wordy and incorrect for each of the option c d and e

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21 Mar 2011, 04:41
amritgodofwar wrote:
In London that afforded its playwrights only two theaters, Alpha Behn, by 1967, had 17 of her plays staged in as many years.
A. In London that afforded its playwrights only two theatres
B. In a London that afforded its playwrights only two theatres
C. Even though London's playwrights only were afforded two theatres
D. Only two theatres were afforded by London to its playwrights, and
E. Two theatres only were afforded by London for its playwrights, and

correctly answered above, B talks about a time period in the history
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21 Mar 2011, 05:07
B..
C might be tempting but if you think about it, "were afforded" is not right.

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In London that afforded its playwrights only two theaters, Aphna Behn, by 1687, had 17 of her plays staged in as many years.

a. In London that afforded its playwrights only two theaters,
b. In a London that afforded its playwrights only two theaters,
c. Even though London's playwrights only were afforded two theaters,
d. Only two theaters were afforded by London to its playwrights, and
e. Two theaters only were afforded by London for its playwrights, and

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1. How can "a London" be correct?
Isn't London a city of England?
2. What's the difference between "in London" and "in a London" in the context of the sentence ?

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Don't worry - there is only one London .

The "different Londons" is the city over time. For example:

In a London known for its abject poverty, 19th century author Charles Dickens was known for using such destitution as the backdrop for many of his novels.

In a London so transformed by multiculturalism, today's tourist, at times, feels as though he or she is walking through a suburb of New Delhi.

Hope that helps .
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In London that afforded its playwrights only two theaters, Alpha Behn, by 1687, had 17 of her plays staged in as many years.

A) In London that afforded its playwrights only two theaters,

B) In a London that afforded its playwrights only two theaters,

C) Even though London's playwrights only afforded two theaters,

D) Only two theaters were afforded by London to its playwrights, and

E) Two theaters only were afforded by London for its playwrights, and

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06 Sep 2013, 12:28
Hi,
I think the answer is C.
Meaning: Though London could afford only two theaters for performance, Alpha Behn had performed 17 shows in these two theaters.

C1: In London that afforded its playwrights only two theaters,
C2: Alpha Behn, by 1687, had 17 of her plays staged in as many years.

C conveys the proper meaning.

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06 Sep 2013, 12:39
hey the answer is B. I tried a lot but couldn't understand why.

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In London that afforded its playwrights only two theaters, Alpha Behn, by 1687, had 17 of her plays staged in as many years.

A) In London that afforded its playwrights only two theaters,

B) In a London that afforded its playwrights only two theaters,

C) Even though London's playwrights only afforded two theaters,

D) Only two theaters were afforded by London to its playwrights, and

E) Two theaters only were afforded by London for its playwrights, and

The core of the sentence is "Alpha Behn had 17 plays staged (in 17 years)". This core has proper meaning when it's led by a subordinate clause that gives information about the difficulty of having plays staged in London. Answers D & E are independent clauses (using "and" to coordinate the 2 independent clauses), so those don't give the proper meaning and can be eliminated.

In answer choice C, the meaning of "afford" is changed. The meaning of the sentence seems to be that London afforded (or supplied/provided) only 2 theaters to its playwrights. In C, the playwrights are are the subject and they could only afford (or pay for) 2 theaters. That change in meaning is not justified and is also a bit illogical because the playwrights are staged at the theaters - they don't own the theaters.

The only difference between A & B is the "a" before London and that "a" is required to provide proper meaning. In choice A, the into phrase "In London" means "within London" and is a descriptive phrase, but as a descriptive phrase that clause is left without a subject. Eliminate A.

By saying "In a London" we now recognize that London is the subject of the clause and the city of London only afforded (or supplied) 2 theaters to its playwrights. Answer choice B is correct.

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KyleWiddison wrote:
Hesoyamgaurav wrote:
In London that afforded its playwrights only two theaters, Alpha Behn, by 1687, had 17 of her plays staged in as many years.

A) In London that afforded its playwrights only two theaters,

B) In a London that afforded its playwrights only two theaters,

C) Even though London's playwrights only afforded two theaters,

D) Only two theaters were afforded by London to its playwrights, and

E) Two theaters only were afforded by London for its playwrights, and

The core of the sentence is "Alpha Behn had 17 plays staged (in 17 years)". This core has proper meaning when it's led by a subordinate clause that gives information about the difficulty of having plays staged in London. Answers D & E are independent clauses (using "and" to coordinate the 2 independent clauses), so those don't give the proper meaning and can be eliminated.

In answer choice C, the meaning of "afford" is changed. The meaning of the sentence seems to be that London afforded (or supplied/provided) only 2 theaters to its playwrights. In C, the playwrights are are the subject and they could only afford (or pay for) 2 theaters. That change in meaning is not justified and is also a bit illogical because the playwrights are staged at the theaters - they don't own the theaters.

The only difference between A & B is the "a" before London and that "a" is required to provide proper meaning. In choice A, the into phrase "In London" means "within London" and is a descriptive phrase, but as a descriptive phrase that clause is left without a subject. Eliminate A.

By saying "In a London" we now recognize that London is the subject of the clause and the city of London only afforded (or supplied) 2 theaters to its playwrights. Answer choice B is correct.

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Thankyou for the explanation. Really spent a lot of time to understand this question

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17 Jul 2014, 05:03
what does the sentence really mean? I do not get it

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I also don't get the sentence and what it's trying to say.
Can anyone explain?

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This sentence features two constructions that people may not be familiar with:

1) "a London"
This is a way of saying "In London, at a time when . . . "
For instance, I might say "She lived in a London very different from the city I visited last year" even if the city I visited was London! I'm using it to talk about how London was at that particular moment.

2) "afforded"
Usually, we say "I can't afford that car" or "I can afford to splurge on this meal." What we see here is a different usage, meaning "provided [someone] with."

"The tight deadline afforded him little room for reflection."

So the sentence, as correctly written in (B), is basically saying this:

"In 1687, London only had two theaters where playwrights might have their work produced. Despite this, Aphra Behn had managed to have 17 of her plays staged there over the previous 17 years."

I hope this helps.
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And i thought that the contrast is needed, so marked option C.

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The use of "only were" (vs. "were only") in (C) is not good, but there is also a meaning issue. Who is affording the playwrights two theaters? We don't know. It almost sounds like
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