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# When War of the Worlds was on air by Orson Welles in 1938

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When War of the Worlds was on air by Orson Welles in 1938, many radio listeners believed that the play was an actual broadcast, creating a panic in an already-tense America.

(A) many radio listeners believed that the play was an actual broadcast
(B) many radio listeners believed that the play was an actual broadcasts
(C) many radio listeners believed that the plays were an actual broadcast
(D) a radio listener believed that the play was an actual broadcast
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16 Aug 2017, 08:17
Why not option E?
It is only one play or just one broadcast. usually are several plays.
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15 Aug 2017, 08:28
elegantm wrote:
When War of the Worlds was on air by Orson Welles in 1938, many radio listeners believed that the play was an actual broadcast, creating a panic in an already-tense America.
(A) many radio listeners believed that the play was an actual broadcast
(B) many radio listeners believed that the play was an actual broadcasts
(C) many radio listeners believed that the plays were an actual broadcast
(D) a radio listener believed that the play was an actual broadcast

Should be A.
Play NOT plays.
IMO A
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17 Aug 2017, 00:37
alcalina wrote:
Why not option E?
It is only one play or just one broadcast. usually are several plays.

E is Incorrect since WAR OF THE WORLDS is one single play and the author is talking about an instance when MANY LISTENERS were tuned to this play only.
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25 Dec 2018, 06:31
I agree with the correct answer choice being A, however, to me, the OS sounds weird, especially the part before the first comma.

Is the sentence itself correct?
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25 Dec 2018, 07:58
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Option A is correct because-
The correct idiom is used - 'believed that'
The Play and War singular
In other options you can find differences
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19 Jan 2019, 17:30
The correct answer seems to be (A). However, other answer choices are debatably correct. For instance, there is no clear reason to decide that Orson Welles read the entire thing at once. So, it's conceivable that the play was broken up into what seemed to be multiple broadcasts, as (B) conveys.
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Updated on: 19 Jan 2019, 17:56
MartyMurray wrote:
The correct answer seems to be (A). However, other answer choices are debatably correct. For instance, there is no clear reason to decide that Orson Welles read the entire thing at once. So, it's conceivable that the play was broken up into what seemed to be multiple broadcasts, as (B) conveys.

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When War of the Worlds was read on air by Orson Welles in 1938, many radio listeners believed that the play was an actual broadcast, creating a panic in an already-tense America.

(A) many radio listeners believed that the play was an actual broadcast

In B, If it is 'broadcast(S), then shouldn't be the words "play was" replaced with "play(s) were" which resembles E?
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Originally posted by Asad on 19 Jan 2019, 17:47.
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19 Jan 2019, 17:50
MartyMurray wrote:
The correct answer seems to be (A). However, other answer choices are debatably correct. For instance, there is no clear reason to decide that Orson Welles read the entire thing at once. So, it's conceivable that the play was broken up into what seemed to be multiple broadcasts, as (B) conveys.

I'll be very helpful if you explain a bit the highlighted part-It's very hard for me to digest the meaning of this sentence!
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19 Jan 2019, 18:32
MartyMurray wrote:
The correct answer seems to be (A). However, other answer choices are debatably correct. For instance, there is no clear reason to decide that Orson Welles read the entire thing at once. So, it's conceivable that the play was broken up into what seemed to be multiple broadcasts, as (B) conveys.

I'll be very helpful if you explain a bit the highlighted part-It's very hard for me to digest the meaning of this sentence!

The point is that the non-underlined portion of the sentence says merely that Orson Welles read The War of the Worlds in 1938. For all we know, he read it in pieces spaced out over hours, days, or even months. So, for all we know, it was read as one play spread out over time or as a series of plays.

Also, we could say that the one play was read in one sitting, and that, in that one sitting, the play was set up to appear to be a series of broadcasts.

The wording of the non-underlined portion does not clearly indicate that one of these scenarios is the correct one and that the other descriptions do not fit what occurred.
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When War of the Worlds was read on air by Orson Welles in 1938, many radio listeners believed that the play was an actual broadcast, creating a panic in an already-tense America.

(A) many radio listeners believed that the play was an actual broadcast
(C) many radio listeners believed that the plays were an actual broadcast
(D) a radio listener believed that the play was an actual broadcast

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Broadcast has no plural , correct answer must be (C) for the highlighted errors in other options....
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19 Jan 2019, 22:37
Abhishek009 wrote:

Broadcast has no plural , correct answer must be (C) for the highlighted errors in other options....

In think you meant (A).
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