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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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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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15 Jun 2009, 00:32
yes...tha ans shud be C.
Reason: correct idiom is conceived of ........as
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15 Jun 2009, 10:13
C maybe the answer. I'm not sure why cant E be the answer.

what is the OA ?
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15 Jun 2009, 16:20
I don't like any of the chioces...sorry
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15 Jun 2009, 18:17
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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16 Jun 2009, 09:31
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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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16 Jun 2009, 09:47
duplicate of
sentence-correction-problem-79691.html
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16 Jun 2009, 16:53
goldeneagle94 wrote:
C maybe the answer. I'm not sure why cant E be the answer.

what is the OA ?

because it will go back refer to telephone and this will distort the meaning of the sentence.
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27 Jun 2009, 07:48
I would go with C too.

@gotomba: "it" refers to the radio.
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27 Jun 2009, 09:24
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?
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27 Jun 2009, 10:29
gotomba wrote:
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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28 Jun 2009, 15:42
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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13 Oct 2009, 00:29
but OG in their explanation always mentions that "it" should always has a clear antecedent not an implied one
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13 Oct 2009, 03:25
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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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08 Nov 2009, 16:42
Q10:
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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12 Nov 2009, 08:05
scorpio7 wrote:
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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29 Apr 2010, 15:09
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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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30 Apr 2010, 03:16
Thanks for the explanation achin.

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30 Apr 2010, 03:57
i will go with C ....conceived to be isnt idiomatic
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30 Apr 2010, 04:03
"conceive of st as st" is idiomatic. a,d,e out

"conception was as" in a is not idiomatic
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