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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 then one percent of homes with electricity, where lighting was still being
D) there was less then 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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26 Jul 2008, 04:33
(A) and (B) are definitely not the correct choices since one precent 'at' homes is not correct. (D) is not correct since it uses a singular past 'was' for 'homes'.

(C) and (E) seem close, but i will prefer 'was still being' to 'had still been' since 'had still been provided' doesnt sound proper. So my answer would be (C)
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26 Jul 2008, 23:16
I think its B.
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 and lighting still provided mainly by candles or gas.

It is the major cities where lighting was mainly provided by candle or gas, not the one percent homes which had electricity.
In rest all options use of "where", "having" refers to the homes which had electricity and then states lighting there was mainly provided by the candle or gas. this changes the menaing of the sentence.

hence B.
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26 Jul 2008, 23:21
OA is A
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26 Jul 2008, 23:53
IMO A

nmohindru wrote:
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 (need was after still)C) there were less then one percent of homes with electricity, where lighting was still being (use of being is wrong)
D) there was less then one percent of homes that had electricity, having lighting that was still (has had which cannot be since the first activity in the ununderlined portion already has had; also there was is the wrong subject verb agreementE) less than one percent of homes had electricity , where lighting had still been
(wrong past perfect construction)

The un-underlined portion of the sentence has "had" (.........banks had installed electric). Hence this sentence has to have the correct past perfect construction. had in the first activity means that the second activity has to have a simple past tese and only in A. do we see the simple past tense.
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27 Jul 2008, 17:22
spriya wrote:
nmohindru wrote:
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 -> electriciy not parallel with public places
B) electricity was in less than one percent of homes and lighting still
C) there were less then one percent of homes with electricity, where lighting was still being -> was still being is not going well with had in the first part
D) there was less then one percent of homes that had electricity, having lighting that was still -> having lighting sounds like eating lighting
E) less than one percent of homes had electricity , where lighting had still been -> concise and correctly uses homes in parallel with public places

X but Y
X and Y should be parallel

OOps can someone giv a detailed explanation about tenses here .What about parallelism.Whats the funda of BUT?
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27 Jul 2008, 18:28
spriya wrote:
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nmohindru wrote:
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 -> electriciy not parallel with public places
B) electricity was in less than one percent of homes and lighting still
C) there were less then one percent of homes with electricity, where lighting was still being -> was still being is not going well with had in the first part
D) there was less then one percent of homes that had electricity, having lighting that was still -> having lighting sounds like eating lighting
E) less than one percent of homes had electricity , where lighting had still been -> concise and correctly uses homes in parallel with public places

X but Y
X and Y should be parallel

OOps can someone giv a detailed explanation about tenses here .What about parallelism.Whats the funda of BUT?

B) lighting still does not make sense since it changes comparison
C) was still being is passive
D) having lighting is wrong tense
E) had electricity is wrong since you cannot use past perfect here.

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28 Jul 2008, 08:36
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nmohindru wrote:
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 then one percent of homes with electricity, where lighting was still being
D) there was less then 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

A.

+1 for you the funda of where is perfect here !!! apart from tenses .
I overlooked where
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28 Jul 2008, 08:39
spriya wrote:
spriya wrote:
nmohindru wrote:
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 -> electriciy not parallel with public places
B) electricity was in less than one percent of homes and lighting still
C) there were less then one percent of homes with electricity, where lighting was still being -> was still being is not going well with had in the first part
D) there was less then one percent of homes that had electricity, having lighting that was still -> having lighting sounds like eating lighting
E) less than one percent of homes had electricity , where lighting had still been -> concise and correctly uses homes in parallel with public places

X but Y
X and Y should be parallel

OOps can someone giv a detailed explanation about tenses here .What about parallelism.Whats the funda of BUT?

I actually had doubt in E Vs A , in E correctly past perfect is not needed but the usage of where wrongly modifies electricity is also one more problem
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24 Mar 2011, 11:54
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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25 Mar 2011, 03:23
Good question. I got this one wrong. Choose E. Now i feel the last part of the underlined sentence should be simple present.
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08 Aug 2012, 21:36
Heres a MGMAT Forum discussion about this question that I found useful. Apparently, "where" can modify "houses" even though "houses" is part of a prepositional phrase...
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09 Aug 2012, 03:22
A) electricity was in less than one percent of homes , where lighting was still
hold
B) electricity was in less than one percent of homes and lighting still
parallelism error
C) there were less then one percent of homes with electricity, where lighting was still being
still being-incorrect
D) there was less then one percent of homes that had electricity, having lighting that was still
having lighting incorrect
E) less than one percent of homes had electricity , where lighting had still been
perfect tenses in both sentences, un necessary -incorrect

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18 Dec 2013, 01:19
A may be grammatically right, but it def. doesn't make any sense. Electricity was in house where lighting was still provided by candles. What is this supposed to mean? Was there electricity in those one percent homes?
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02 Jul 2014, 06:10
I couldn't find one decent reply on this one. Here is my 2 cents

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 - WAS is MISSING
C) there were less then one percent of homes with electricity, where lighting was still being
D) there was less then one percent of homes that had electricity, having lighting that was still - awkward
E) less than one percent of homes had electricity , where lighting had still been

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