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# Public-access cable television, created in the 1970s, allows the publi

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Public-access cable television, created in the 1970s, allows the public to broadcast over private television cables laid on public land.

(A) the public to broadcast over private television cables laid

(B) public broadcasting from the laying of private television cables

(D) that the public can broadcast using private television cables, which are laid

(E) the public to broadcast because of the laying of private television

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Originally posted by suyash23n on 13 Sep 2013, 06:59.
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13 Sep 2013, 07:55
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Public-access cable television, created in the 1970s, allows the public to broadcast over private television cables laid on public land.
A) the public to broadcast over private television cables laid - CORRECT

B) public broadcasting from the laying of private television cables
This option is incorrect because the modifier "broadcasting from the laying of ..." suggests that the public can actually produce broadcasts directly from the action of laying the cables, rather than using the cables after they are laid.

This choice indicates that the "broadcasts" themselves were allowed

D) that the public can broadcast using private television cables, which are laid
Use of THAT & CAN is redundant

E) the public to broadcast because of the laying of private television
Incorrect
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13 Sep 2013, 09:40
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Idiom:
Allow X to do Y
Allow THAT X do Y

Public-access cable television, created in the 1970s, allows the public to broadcast over private television cables laid on public land.

A) the public to broadcast over private television cables laid
Correct. Allows X to broadcast over Z --> correct grammar structure.

B) public broadcasting from the laying of private television cables
Wrong. Allows X doing --> wrong idiom.

Wrong. Allows X made (past tense) --> wrong.

D) that the public can broadcast using private television cables, which are laid
Wrong. Allows that X can do Y --> wrong.

E) the public to broadcast because of the laying of private television
Wrong. "Broadcast over cables" is correct. "broadcast because of the laying of cables" changes meaning.

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13 Sep 2013, 10:13
Added OA, Its A. Though it seems to be straight forward question, i was confused with the intended meaning of the sentence.
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13 Aug 2014, 08:41
It was a close call for me between A and C. Can someone help me in understanding the error in C.

Below is my reasoning.
Public-access cable television, created in the 1970s, allows the public to broadcast over private television cables laid on public land.
A) the public to broadcast over private television cables laid
Public-access cable television,
created in the 1970s, [mod for PCT]
that were laid on public land. [modifying cables].

IMO C is grammatically correct but differ in meaning from A. To me both options sound fine.
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14 Nov 2017, 21:08
suyash23n wrote:
Public-access cable television, created in the 1970s, allows the public to broadcast over private television cables laid on public land.

(A) the public to broadcast over private television cables laid

(B) public broadcasting from the laying of private television cables

(D) that the public can broadcast using private television cables, which are laid

(E) the public to broadcast because of the laying of private television

OFFICIAL EXPLANATION

The original sentence uses modifiers and idiomatic expressions correctly and has a clear meaning. First, it correctly states that public-access cable television “allows the public to broadcast” -- an expression that is idiomatically sound and also conveys the idea that the action of broadcasting (not the broadcasts themselves) is what is “allowed.” Second, the action of broadcasting is properly modified by the prepositional phrase “over private television cables,” and, in turn, “television cables” is properly modified by the participial modifier “laid on public land.”

(A) CORRECT. This choice is correct, for the reasons in the paragraph above.

(B) This choice is grammatically correct but illogical: the phrasing “broadcasting from the laying of…” suggests that the public can actually produce broadcasts directly from the action of laying the cables, rather than using the cables after they are laid.

(C) The meaning of this choice differs significantly from the original; this choice indicates that the “broadcasts” themselves were allowed -- in other words, the wording of this choice suggests that public-access cable television legalized more types of broadcasts, rather than creating a new delivery method for broadcasts. In addition, “made from private television cables” is idiomatically incorrect; this wording illogically suggests that the broadcasts themselves were literally fashioned from television cables.

(D) "Allow(s) that the public can broadcast" is both unidiomatic and redundant; the presence of both "allow" and "can" creates redundancy. In addition, the modifier at the end of the sentence is changed from an essential modifier to a nonessential modifier, changing the meaning to suggest that the sentence is referring to all television cables (while the original sentence includes only those cables that are laid on public land).

(E) This sentence is grammatically correct but illogical; the use of "because" suggests that there is an actual cause-and-effect relationship. In other words, this sentence illogically suggests that the laying of television cables actually causes the public to produce television broadcasts.
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