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In the major cities of industrialized countries at the end of the nineteenth 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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04 May 2008, 18:36
The trick lies in "was" in choice A versus "had been" in choice E

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04 May 2008, 19:40
missed it. went for B.
To me, 'where' is causing little trouble in A..can anyone explain.

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04 May 2008, 19:56
where in A refers to homes (a location) - at these homes lighting was provided by gas and candles.
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missed it. went for B.
To me, 'where' is causing little trouble in A..can anyone explain.

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04 May 2008, 20:18
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The trick lies in "was" in choice A versus "had been" in choice E

It isnt as much about was or had been that it is about a misplaced modifier . In E, where incorrectly modifies electricity

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05 May 2008, 04:42
My take A .B makes sentence awkward by putting electricity as the subject for clause after and .
C and E has misplaced modifiers ,where modifying electricity.C is awkward

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22 Jun 2010, 06:26
Good one. I was tricked b/w A and E.
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26 Jul 2010, 04:08
Im with A, although "electricity was in less than one percent of homes" sounds very bad for me.
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26 Jul 2010, 08:38
This SC is about the correct contrast. Contrast is between electric lightning Vs electricity

X had installed electric lighting, but electricity was in Y

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26 Jul 2010, 09:22
+1 for A as well. The last clause modified "homes" correctly.

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26 Jul 2010, 09:23
BTW, would be glad if you could share the OA

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16 Sep 2010, 21:43
Which is correct - there were less than one percent of homes with electricity or there was...

I feel there were? Clearly one percent of homes is more than 1 home...
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17 Sep 2010, 09:04
I strongly feel its E, but is a co-ordinating conjunction, so A has a wrong comparison, major cities to electricity.
Any Inputs???
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24 Mar 2011, 12:53
In E, where incorrectly modifies electricity--> electricity, where...

However, where is an adverb, so I cannot understand how it can modify a noun.

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