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01 Dec 2007, 11:09
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01 Dec 2007, 12:04
Darden2010 wrote:

In the major cities or industrialized countries at the end of the nineteenth century, important public places such as theatres, restaurants, shops, and banks had installed electric lighting, but electricity was in less than one percent of homes, where lighting was still provided mainly by candles or gas.

A. electricity was in less than one percent of homes, where lighting was still
B. electricity was in less than one percent of homes and lighting still
C. there were less than one percent of homes with electricity, where lighting was still being
D. there was less than one percent of homes that had electricity, having lighting was still
E. less than one percent of homes had electricity, where lighting had still been

Tough one.

elim BC.

I dont like the way D ends.

I guess A, but im probably wrong on this one.

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01 Dec 2007, 13:53
Darden2010 wrote:

In the major cities or industrialized countries at the end of the nineteenth century, important public places such as theatres, restaurants, shops, and banks had installed electric lighting, but electricity was in less than one percent of homes, where lighting was still provided mainly by candles or gas.

A. electricity was in less than one percent of homes, where lighting was still
B. electricity was in less than one percent of homes and lighting still
C. there were less than one percent of homes with electricity, where lighting was still being
D. there was less than one percent of homes that had electricity, having lighting was still
E. less than one percent of homes had electricity, where lighting had still been

I'll go with E. the words "had" & "had been" is aptly applied to meet the tense requirement

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01 Dec 2007, 14:02
Darden2010 wrote:

In the major cities or industrialized countries at the end of the nineteenth century, important public places such as theatres, restaurants, shops, and banks had installed electric lighting, but electricity was in less than one percent of homes, where lighting was still provided mainly by candles or gas.

A. electricity was in less than one percent of homes, where lighting was still
B. electricity was in less than one percent of homes and lighting still
C. there were less than one percent of homes with electricity, where lighting was still being
D. there was less than one percent of homes that had electricity, having lighting was still
E. less than one percent of homes had electricity, where lighting had still been

E. "still" requires past pefrect. homes or houses can HAVE electricity.

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01 Dec 2007, 17:39
Darden2010 wrote:

In the major cities or industrialized countries at the end of the nineteenth century, important public places such as theatres, restaurants, shops, and banks had installed electric lighting, but electricity was in less than one percent of homes, where lighting was still provided mainly by candles or gas.

A. electricity was in less than one percent of homes, where lighting was still
B. electricity was in less than one percent of homes and lighting still
C. there were less than one percent of homes with electricity, where lighting was still being
D. there was less than one percent of homes that had electricity, having lighting was still
E. less than one percent of homes had electricity, where lighting had still been

Will go with A

in E "where"incorrectly modifies electricity.

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02 Dec 2007, 03:06
Darden2010 wrote:

In the major cities or industrialized countries at the end of the nineteenth century, important public places such as theatres, restaurants, shops, and banks had installed electric lighting, but electricity was in less than one percent of homes, where lighting was still provided mainly by candles or gas.

A. electricity was in less than one percent of homes, where lighting was still
B. electricity was in less than one percent of homes and lighting still
C. there were less than one percent of homes with electricity, where lighting was still being
D. there was less than one percent of homes that had electricity, having lighting was still
E. less than one percent of homes had electricity, where lighting had still been

Pick A only because I don't like any of the others.

It was easy to eliminate everything besides A & E.

I didn't pick E because it reads:
'at the end of the nineteenth century less than one percent of homes had electricity, where lighting had still been...'

I don't think the use of 'had' after lighting is warranted. There is no past action that we want to say happened before another past action in this case.

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03 Dec 2007, 01:58
Darden2010 wrote:

In the major cities or industrialized countries at the end of the nineteenth century, important public places such as theatres, restaurants, shops, and banks had installed electric lighting, but electricity was in less than one percent of homes, where lighting was still provided mainly by candles or gas.

A. electricity was in less than one percent of homes, where lighting was still
B. electricity was in less than one percent of homes and lighting still
C. there were less than one percent of homes with electricity, where lighting was still being
D. there was less than one percent of homes that had electricity, having lighting was still
E. less than one percent of homes had electricity, where lighting had still been

Go bit crazy here...I will go for 'D'

In other options where modifies homes which already has electricity.

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04 Dec 2007, 07:06
A by POE

B. electricity was in less than one percent of homes and lighting still B. electricity was in less than one percent of homes and lighting still
Should be lighting was still

C. there were less than one percent of homes with electricity, where lighting was still being
"was still being" is wrong tense

D. there was less than one percent of homes that had electricity, having lighting was still
"having lighting was still"???!!!

E. less than one percent of homes had electricity, where lighting had still been
Wrong tense

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04 Dec 2007, 07:11
Darden2010 wrote:

In the major cities or industrialized countries at the end of the nineteenth century, important public places such as theatres, restaurants, shops, and banks had installed electric lighting, but electricity was in less than one percent of homes, where lighting was still provided mainly by candles or gas.

A. electricity was in less than one percent of homes, where lighting was still
B. electricity was in less than one percent of homes and lighting still
C. there were less than one percent of homes with electricity, where lighting was still being
D. there was less than one percent of homes that had electricity, having lighting was still
E. less than one percent of homes had electricity, where lighting had still been

What's the OA Darden?

I hope you haven't stopped visiting the forum now that you have aced your GMAT

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04 Dec 2007, 11:03
A for me!

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04 Dec 2007, 11:50
The correct response is A

A:correct: "where" refers to homes. Clear and concise
B-out: after"and" the clause is not complete."and lighting still provided mainly by candles or gas" .Even this wer correct B would be still incorrect since it distorts the original meaning

C-out:"being"-awkward. "where"' referent is unclear

D-out:"having lighting was.." part is awkward. moreover subject -verb agreement

E-out:"where" -unclear referent. Tense error(past perfect)

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25 Dec 2007, 08:20

In the major cities or industrialized countries at the end of the nineteenth century, important public places such as theatres, restaurants, shops, and banks had installed electric lighting, but electricity was in less than one percent of homes, where lighting was still provided mainly by candles or gas.

A. electricity was in less than one percent of homes, where lighting was still
B. electricity was in less than one percent of homes and lighting still
C. there were less than one percent of homes with electricity, where lighting was still being
D. there was less than one percent of homes that had electricity, having lighting was still
E. less than one percent of homes had electricity, where lighting had still been

We have to choose answers with the passive form...lighting was provided. These are A, C,D. Get rid of C and D because "was being" is bad....A is correct

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25 Dec 2007, 08:36
marcodonzelli wrote:
Darden2010 wrote:

In the major cities or industrialized countries at the end of the nineteenth century, important public places such as theatres, restaurants, shops, and banks had installed electric lighting, but electricity was in less than one percent of homes, where lighting was still provided mainly by candles or gas.

A. electricity was in less than one percent of homes, where lighting was still
B. electricity was in less than one percent of homes and lighting still
C. there were less than one percent of homes with electricity, where lighting was still being
D. there was less than one percent of homes that had electricity, having lighting was still
E. less than one percent of homes had electricity, where lighting had still been

We have to choose answers with the passive form...lighting was provided. These are A, C,D. Get rid of C and D because "was being" is bad....A is correct

Can any one explain? What does 'where' refer to in option 'A'.

..but electricity was in less than one percent of homes, where lighting was still provided mainly by candles or gas.

It says less than 1% of homes had both electricity and candles.. Did I understand it correctly ??.

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26 Dec 2007, 12:13
Beyond700 wrote:
marcodonzelli wrote:
Darden2010 wrote:

In the major cities or industrialized countries at the end of the nineteenth century, important public places such as theatres, restaurants, shops, and banks had installed electric lighting, but electricity was in less than one percent of homes, where lighting was still provided mainly by candles or gas.

A. electricity was in less than one percent of homes, where lighting was still
B. electricity was in less than one percent of homes and lighting still
C. there were less than one percent of homes with electricity, where lighting was still being
D. there was less than one percent of homes that had electricity, having lighting was still
E. less than one percent of homes had electricity, where lighting had still been

We have to choose answers with the passive form...lighting was provided. These are A, C,D. Get rid of C and D because "was being" is bad....A is correct

Can any one explain? What does 'where' refer to in option 'A'.

..but electricity was in less than one percent of homes, where lighting was still provided mainly by candles or gas.

It says less than 1% of homes had both electricity and candles.. Did I understand it correctly ??.

Between A and E . I guess A is right.
A - where refers to Home.
E where refers to electricity.

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26 Dec 2007, 18:32
In the major cities or industrialized countries at the end of the nineteenth century, important public places such as theatres, restaurants, shops, and banks had installed electric lighting, but electricity was in less than one percent of homes, where lighting was still provided mainly by candles or gas.

A. electricity was in less than one percent of homes, where lighting was still
B. electricity was in less than one percent of homes and lighting still
C. there were less than one percent of homes with electricity, where lighting was still being
D. there was less than one percent of homes that had electricity, having lighting was still
E. less than one percent of homes had electricity, where lighting had still been

A. correct (POE)
B. needs comma after homes (two sentences joined by conjunction)
C. "were" should be "was"
D. run-on sentence...needs conjunction
E. the modifier refers to electricity and not homes

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26 Dec 2007, 19:21
http://www.gmatclub.com/forum/p358575#358575

OA is indeed 'A'

But I am trying to under the original meaning of the sentence...

Does it mean 1% of the house use both electricity and candles...
....but electricity was in less than one percent of homes, where lighting was still provided mainly by candles or gas.

It is not that I refute OA is 'A' but to understand the nature of questions..

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26 Dec 2007, 20:11
Darden2010 wrote:

In the major cities or industrialized countries at the end of the nineteenth century, important public places such as theatres, restaurants, shops, and banks had installed electric lighting, but electricity was in less than one percent of homes, where lighting was still provided mainly by candles or gas.

A. electricity was in less than one percent of homes, where lighting was still-Use of "Electricity was there" is wrong.
B. electricity was in less than one percent of homes and lighting still-same reason as A
C. there were less than one percent of homes with electricity, where lighting was still being-Plural/Use of being is usuallywrong in GMAT
D. there was less than one percent of homes that had electricity, having lighting was still-use of there was is redundant
E. less than one percent of homes had electricity, where lighting had still been-correct

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01 Jan 2008, 08:40
Darden2010 wrote:

In the major cities or industrialized countries at the end of the nineteenth century, important public places such as theatres, restaurants, shops, and banks had installed electric lighting, but electricity was in less than one percent of homes, where lighting was still provided mainly by candles or gas.

A. electricity was in less than one percent of homes, where lighting was still
B. electricity was in less than one percent of homes and lighting still
C. there were less than one percent of homes with electricity, where lighting was still being
D. there was less than one percent of homes that had electricity, having lighting was still
E. less than one percent of homes had electricity, where lighting had still been

A. correct
B. it is said that lighting still provided by candles....no sense at all
C. where is too distant from homes and lighting was still being is a bad form
D. having lighting was still...no sense
E. wrong tense

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