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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 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,


we have two clauses separated by a semi-colon - and the second clause needs to be in contrast with the first.
Use of a transitional tag "instead" brings out the contrast..and has become says that radio, invented by Marconi, is still in existence.

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C it should be.
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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,


looking at the answer choices without the appositive might help

A. Marconi’s conception of the radio was as a substitute for the telephone, instead, it is
B. Marconi conceived of the radio as a substitute for the telephone, 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, which has become
E. Marconi conceived of the radio to be a substitute for the telephone, 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 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,


Go for C.

(A) Marconi’s conception of is wrong

All the usage of 'which' is wrong, B,D is out.

(E) 'other than what it is' is awkward

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A is just fine...


A. Marconi’s conception of the radio was as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation; instead, it is

A is fine.. it clearly refers to Marconi’s conception

B. Marconi conceived of the radio as a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation, but which is

- what does which refer to here..

C. Marconi conceived of the radio as a tool for private conversation that could substitute for the telephone; instead, it has become
- out , bad restrictive clause. Seems to indicate that private conversation could substitute for the telephone.

D. Marconi conceived of the radio to be a tool for private conversation, a substitute for the telephone, which has become
- out, sentence has a different meaning. Seems to say that private conversation is a substitute for the telephone and which clause is also weird. No clear referrent...

E. Marconi conceived of the radio to be a substitute for the telephone, a tool for private conversation, other than what it is,

- weird constructionl, other than what it is....

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

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A is passive and all the other answer choices are too choppy with multiple commas.

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I find " that could substitute for the telephone" somewhat strange, but the other choices please me to a leser extent. So I choose C.

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My answer is C

The sentence is correct and "it has become" is idiomatic to denote what it became
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Can you please explain me the "could substitute for the telephone" in E?

Is that proper English to say "A tool substitutes for the telephone"?

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New post 23 Dec 2005, 15:24
I'm sticking with "A".. eager to know the OA...

Here is my reasoning :

I think conceived ... to be ..is idiomatic, therefore I'm eliminating B and C since they use the format conceived... as ...

In D, the "which" modifies telephone, though the intend was to modify radio.

E seems awkward and wordy

A doesn't seem all that great, but seem to be the better of the lot...

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[quote="TeHCM"]My answer is C

The sentence is correct and "it has become" is idiomatic to denote what it became[/quote]

By POE yes it is C but can you please explain the following


Instead, it has become a ABCD.

is that as complete sentence? Is 'it' accepatable in GMAT for a sentence to be considered complete.

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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


If we add a comma, it becomes "Marconi’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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OA is C.
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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!

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
----> "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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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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A does not seem to be wrong... Can someone explain :?:
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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.

Hope this helps.
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Retired or not, it still "works" :wink:

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for the correct use of the semicolon

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