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Marconi’s conception of the radio

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Marconi’s conception of the radio

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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,


a Couple of doubts :
Is 'but which ' allowed as a part of sentence ?

in option C, what 'it' is referring to , generally it has to refer to the subject of the preceding clause, right ?
moreover, in C, ' Marconi conceived of the radio as a tool for private conversation that could substitute for the telephone', Still unsure if ' that' here is referring back to radio

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Post Sat Apr 15, 2017 8:57 pm
Hi Experts ,

Whats wrong in option D?

Thanks..

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Whats wrong in option D?

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D. Marconi conceived of the radio to be a tool for private conversation, a substitute for the telephone, which has become

Two issues:

1. Here, the "which" modifier can't 'hop' over "a tool..." and "a substitute..." to refer back to "radio." Structurally, this phrase is modifying "telephone," violating the original meaning of the sentence.

2. Idiomatically, we say:
... conceived of X as Y...
rather than
... conceived of X to be Y...

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Post Sat Apr 15, 2017 8:57 pm
Hi Experts ,

Whats wrong in option D?

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Whats wrong in option D?

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D. Marconi conceived of the radio to be a tool for private conversation, a substitute for the telephone, which has become

Two issues:

1. Here, the "which" modifier can't 'hop' over "a tool..." and "a substitute..." to refer back to "radio." Structurally, this phrase is modifying "telephone," violating the original meaning of the sentence.

2. Idiomatically, we say:
... conceived of X as Y...
rather than
... conceived of X to be Y...

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Logic - the gist of the sentence is that the radio was initially conceived as one thing, but it [the radio] has become something else. Note, also, that every answer choice has some kind of pronoun, so there's no avoiding pronoun usage here, and it surely wouldn't make sense to claim that a telephone is a tool for communicating with a large, public audience!
[/quote]Hi DavidG ,

Thank you so much for the explanation. All clear now.

Thanks,

Kavin

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Hi Experts ,

In OA how de we know that IT refers to the Radio? IT can also refers to the Telephone.

Please explain.

Many thanks in advance.

Kavin
Logic - the gist of the sentence is that the radio was initially conceived as one thing, but it [the radio] has become something else. Note, also, that every answer choice has some kind of pronoun, so there's no avoiding pronoun usage here, and it surely wouldn't make sense to claim that a telephone is a tool for communicating with a large, public audience!

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