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New post 25 Aug 2006, 12:35
Through POE ... C looks the best... correct idiom is "conceived of" which is written correctly in all choices except A .. each option, leaving C, has a modifier problem. "a tool for private conversation" in B seems to modify television whereas igt is expected to modify radio (same problem exists in A also). "which" in D again seem to modify telephone. E is an awkward expression.
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A, D and E are out. Correct idiomn is "concieved of X as Y....." where X and Y are nouns or noun phrases.

Out of B and C, C is fare better.
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New post 15 Oct 2006, 19:25
C
A. Marconi’s conception of the radio was as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation; instead, it is -highlighted parts seem incorrect

B. Marconi conceived of the radio as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation, but which is
-not clear what is the highlighted part is referring to - the telephone or the radio

C. Marconi conceived of the radio as a tool for private conversation that could substitute for the telephone; instead, it has become

D. Marconi conceived of the radio to be a tool for private conversation, a substitute for the telephone, which has become
-seems like telephone has become a tool for communicating with the public

E. Marconi conceived of the radio to be a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation, other than what it is,
-awkward construction in the highlighted part

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Very Good...

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a tool for private conversation need to modify radio
using ; is the correct usage here
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Answer C.

A: "Marconi’s conception" is not the "substitute for the telephone"
B: It is not clear if "which" refers to radio or telephone
D: "Which" refers to "telephone"
E: It sounds stranger than C.

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Marconi's conception of the radio was as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation; Instead, it is
Maconi conceived of the radio as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation, but which is
Marconi conceived of the radio as a tool ror private conversation that could substitute ror the telephone; instead, it has become
Marconi conceived of the radio to be a tool for private conversation, a si..bstitute for the telephone, which has become
Marconi conceived of the radio to be a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation, other than what it is,


Answer C

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why not A or B?


because 'it' modifies the noun 'conception of the radio'. The conception of the radio is not the tool for communicating with a large audience, the radio is. So 'it' should modify radio and not 'conception of the radio'

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Marconi's conception of the radio was as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation; instead, it is] precisely the opposite, a tool for communicating with a large, public audience.

A. Marconi's conception of the radio was as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation; instead, it is
B. Marconi conceived of the radio as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for provate conversation, but which is
C. Marconi conceived of the radio as a tool for private conversation that could substitute for the telephone; instead, it has become
D. Marconi conceived of the radio to be a tool for private conversation, a substitute for the telephone, which has become
E. Marconi conceived of the radio to be a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation, other than what it is,[/quote]



a it refers to conception and not telephone
b "but which" should just be "which"
c looks good
d to be is unnecessary, which modifies conversation when the sentence needs it to modify radio
e to be is unnecessary and sentence is weird

i go with c

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yes...tha ans shud be C.
Reason: correct idiom is conceived of ........as
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I would go with C.

A. Marconi's conception of the radio was as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation; instead, it is - This implies that the conception was the substitute for telephone, but actually it is the telephone that is the substitute and not the conception
B. Marconi conceived of the radio as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for provate conversation, but which is - but which is seems to modify conversation.
C. Marconi conceived of the radio as a tool for private conversation that could substitute for the telephone; instead, it has become
D. Marconi conceived of the radio to be a tool for private conversation, a substitute for the telephone, which has become - seems to imply that the telephone has become the tool for public conversation
E. Marconi conceived of the radio to be a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation, other than what it is, - too wordy

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IMO C

because it is emphasizing on "tool for private conversation" and not the telephone.
which is the opposite of "a tool for communicating with a large, public audience" as mentioned in the sencond part after ';'
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New post 27 Jun 2009, 09:29
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I would go with C too.

@gotomba: "it" refers to the radio.



How can you tell that "it" refers to the radio? Shouldn't it refer to the closest noun, telephone?


Well, the word "instead" in the sentence suggests that the second part of the sentence is the converse of the first part: "Macroni conceived of the radio as a tool for private conversation that could substitute for the telephone; instead, it has become...". We know that the second part will restate the function of the radio as a tool and in doing so will state a function opposite to the one mentioned in the first part of the sentence.

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C seems best

Marconi's conception of the radio was as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation; instead, it is precisely the opposite, a tool for communicating with a large, public audience.

A. Marconi's conception of the radio was as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation; instead, it is - It doesn't refer to Radio
B. Marconi conceived of the radio as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for provate conversation, but which is - but which not suitable
C. Marconi conceived of the radio as a tool for private conversation that could substitute for the telephone; instead, it has become -No issues
D. Marconi conceived of the radio to be a tool for private conversation, a substitute for the telephone, which has become - i think instead is required here
E. Marconi conceived of the radio to be a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation, other than what it is, - other than is Awkward

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but OG in their explanation always mentions that "it" should always has a clear antecedent not an implied one

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Marconi's conception of the radio was as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation; instead, it is precisely the opposite, a tool for communicating with a large, public audience.

A. Marconi's conception of the radio was as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation; instead, it is
B. Marconi conceived of the radio as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for provate conversation, but which is
C. Marconi conceived of the radio as a tool for private conversation that could substitute for the telephone; instead, it has become
D. Marconi conceived of the radio to be a tool for private conversation, a substitute for the telephone, which has become
E. Marconi conceived of the radio to be a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation, other than what it is,


It is C for me too.
A and B wrongly uses the tense with "is".
E changes the meaning

D uses "conceived X to be Y", which is wordy

C uses correctly (?) the idiom "conceived X as Y"

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Marconi's conception of the radio was as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation; instead, it is precisely the opposite, a tool for communicating with a large, public audience.

A. Marconi's conception of the radio was as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation; instead, it is
B. Marconi conceived of the radio as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for provate conversation, but which is
C. Marconi conceived of the radio as a tool for private conversation that could substitute for the telephone; instead, it has become
D. Marconi conceived of the radio to be a tool for private conversation, a substitute for the telephone, which has become
E. Marconi conceived of the radio to be a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation, other than what it is,


C for me too
A : compare conception with telephone
B : but which ??? which has no clear antecedent
D and E : conceive of ... as is a correct idiom
C : although I am not comfortable with it, C is the best option

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IMO B

Whatever conceived is contrasted in the other part of the sentence.

Eliminate AC : Instead can be used for replacement, not for contrast
Eliminate D: A, which(telephone) has become B - it represents transition from A to B, change in meaning.
Eliminate E: other than what it is - it (pronoun ambiguity) = telephone or tool?

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"conceive of st as st" is idiomatic. a,d,e out

"conception was as" in a is not idiomatic

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AM still puzzled as per the antecedent of "it" as used in the sentence:

"instead, it..." The explanation in OG12 says, "the pronoun 'it' positioned as the subject of the
final verb 'has become' refers back to 'radio'..."

Please any reason or rule of thumb why "it" could refer to radio unambiguously?
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