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# In major cities of industrialized countries at the end of

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In major cities of industrialized countries at the end of the 19th century, important public places such as theaters, restaurants, shops and banks had installed electric lighting, but electricity was in less than one percent of homes, where lighting was still provided mainly by candles or gas.

a. electricity was in less than one percent of homes, where lighting was still

b. electricity was in less than one percent of homes and lighting still

c. there were less than one percent of homes with electricity, where lighting was still being

d. there was less than one percent of homes that had electricity, having lighting that was still

e. less than one percent of homes had electricity, where lighting had still been

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18 Aug 2007, 17:52
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19 Aug 2007, 04:02
I will try since you are fighting poverty not war

A. Correct use of modifier. "where" is appropriately used with "homes".
B. but electricity was ... and lighting still... not the intended meaning. The sentence structure seems to suggest that all lighting was provided mainly by gas or candles. This contradicts the sentence's meaning since the lighting in theaters, restaurants etc. was already provided by electricity.
C. "where lighting was still being" modifies electricity. This is incorrect. "being" is not preferable.
D. "having lighting that was still" modifies electricity. This is incorrect.
E. "where lighting had still been" modifies electricity. This is incorrect.
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20 Aug 2007, 01:02
between A and B.

I think A is more better than B.

Because in B we have 2 independent clauses "electricity was ..." and " and lighting still ...." which have to be connected at least by comma or transformed to main and dependent (subordinate) clauses as A does.
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20 Aug 2007, 01:09
B -> 'and lighting still provided mainly by candles or gas' is awkard
C -> 'being' is redundant
D,E -> awkward sentences.

A is the best.
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22 Aug 2007, 21:39
OA IS A:)
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31 Jan 2009, 18:25
how come the sentence reads: "one percent of homes, where lighting...."
should "whose" be used instead of "where" when referring to homes.
I feel that A is awkward.
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01 Feb 2009, 10:34
a. electricity was in less than one percent of homes, where lighting was still

So here homes denote places here ? bcos where is used to refer placesh
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01 Feb 2009, 20:47
A is the best choice available though.

I have a question here.

Is the usage of 'Less' correct here?. 'Homes' is a countable noun and 'less' doesn't go well with a countable noun. Wouldn't it be more appropriate if the question were 'fewer than 1% of the homes'?

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03 Feb 2009, 01:28
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A is the best choice available though.

I have a question here.

Is the usage of 'Less' correct here?. 'Homes' is a countable noun and 'less' doesn't go well with a countable noun. Wouldn't it be more appropriate if the question were 'fewer than 1% of the homes'?

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As per MGMAT SC Guide, "less" is appropriate with percentage, etc.

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