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In the major cities of industrialized countries at the end

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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

B C D are instant elimination
C uses being not relevant here
D having lightning that was still awkward construction
B changes the meaning using the and

Now E
since past perfect tense is used for earlier of the two events related to each other in the past here the usage
had electricity and had still been..
not sure of which of these events occurred earlier
A is the best answer
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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

Sorry to reject this as a defective question. Electricity was in, say, one percent of the homes and it was not there in 99 percent where lighting was still provided by gas or candle. So the clause where lighting … should modify 99 percent of the homes. Where is that modified noun in the A, C, D and E. All of them are meaning that lighting was provided by gas and candles in the very same one percent of the homes, which had electricity. B also does not specifically state that lighting by gas was prevalent in the rest of the 99 percent. Is this correct?
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