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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 private 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,

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23 Dec 2005, 22:05
'C' is wrong.

'that' in 'C' refers to 'private conversation'!!!

It should be 'A'
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24 Dec 2005, 02:35
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Marconiâ€™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. Marconiâ€™s conception of the radio was as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation; instead, it is

If we add a comma, it becomes "Marconiâ€™s conception of the radio was, as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation"

This is far more convincing. Do you know if it is correct to omit the comma, as the original sentence does?
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24 Dec 2005, 11:04
OA is C.
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19 Jun 2006, 08:30
Edit by Vivek: Folks, try this question, this is from real GMAT!

Marconiâ€™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. Marconiâ€™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 private 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,

I think the answer should be C.

but the "it has become..." makes me confused about the usage of "it" here.
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19 Jun 2006, 09:14
It's C.

Marconi conceived of the radio as a tool for private conversation that could substitute for the telephone; instead, it has become precisely the opposite, a tool for communicating with a large, public audience.

- "conceived of" is a correct idiom
- "substitute for" is a correct idiom
- 'tool for private conversation' is || with 'tool for communicating'.
- "it" is used for radio.

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Edit by Vivek: Folks, try this question, this is from real GMAT!

Marconiâ€™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. Marconiâ€™s conception of the radio was as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation; instead, it is
----> "conception ...was as a subtitute" ---> extremely awkward! -->out

B. Marconi conceived of the radio as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation, but which is
--> "which" is too far away from "radio" which it modifies --> out
C. Marconi conceived of the radio as a tool for private conversation that could substitute for the telephone; instead, it has become
---> fine

D. Marconi conceived of the radio to be a tool for private conversation, a substitute for the telephone, which has become
---> same problem to B

E. Marconi conceived of the radio to be a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation, other than what it is,
--> removing "precisely the opposite" leaves us with "what it is a tool for..." --> really awkward!

Btw, even if i'm not so sure with the idiom "conceive of sth as" ( this is probably idiomatic coz we have similar idiom " think of sth as") . I chose C by reasoning this way

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19 Jun 2006, 13:35
C. Marconi conceived of the radio as a tool for private conversation that could substitute for the telephone; instead, it has become

"tool for " || "tool for"
"conceived of" is ok
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19 Jun 2006, 13:36
[quote="alexiswhy"]Edit by Vivek: Folks, try this question, this is from real GMAT!

Did you come across this Q on your G-day?
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19 Jun 2006, 13:43
No doubt its C.

This is a typical misplaced modifier and idiom question.
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19 Jun 2006, 13:49
A does not seem to be wrong... Can someone explain
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19 Jun 2006, 14:22
A does not seem to be wrong... Can someone explain

It was not the "Marconi's conception" that was a substitute of telephone. It was radion which he thought would be a substitute of telephone.

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19 Jun 2006, 14:23
You nailed it pardner... I'll ride with ya anytime
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19 Jun 2006, 19:33
laxieqv wrote:
alexiswhy wrote:
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Vivek buddy: So you did see this question in your G-day?!!

Laxie, haas_mba07,

I'm not that lucky This is retired GMAT question
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19 Jun 2006, 20:23
also go with C.

vivek,
is it publicly available or retired only? is it a good idea to reveal the source if it is not a publicly available question?

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19 Jun 2006, 21:04
'C' perfectly suits.

Prof please do not worry, Vivek is doing the right thing.
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20 Jun 2006, 09:50
I guess this one is old retired sc question from GMAT prep, my friend sent me this,
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20 Jun 2006, 11:03
he he, I'm really not sure about whether publicaly available but I remember this question put by members long back saying that this is retired GMAT question.
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21 Jun 2006, 09:31
Retired or not, it still "works"

(C)

for the correct use of the semicolon

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Marconiâ€™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. Marconiâ€™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 private 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,
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25 Aug 2006, 13:35
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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