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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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28 Mar 2005, 01:58
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marine wrote:
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,

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.

C is the best
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28 Mar 2005, 13:16
C it should be.
marine wrote:
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,

looking at the answer choices without the appositive might help

A. Marconiâ€™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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29 Mar 2005, 05:42
marine wrote:
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,

Go for C.

(A) Marconiâ€™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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11 Aug 2005, 07:13
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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11 Aug 2005, 07:29

"conceived of" in other choices seems inappropriate
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11 Aug 2005, 10:06
I'm taking (C) on this one.
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11 Aug 2005, 13:52
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A is just fine...

A. Marconiâ€™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 Marconiâ€™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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11 Dec 2005, 03:31
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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11 Dec 2005, 09:14
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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11 Dec 2005, 09:52
C looks good. Need the part to show the current "become"
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11 Dec 2005, 17:16
C sounds good. Needs "instead" to make the comparison.
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13 Dec 2005, 07:33
A is passive and all the other answer choices are too choppy with multiple commas.

(C)
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23 Dec 2005, 13:05
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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23 Dec 2005, 13:17
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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23 Dec 2005, 13:39

The sentence is correct and "it has become" is idiomatic to denote what it became
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23 Dec 2005, 13:46
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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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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23 Dec 2005, 18:49

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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