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Classical guitar was neither prestigious nor was often [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2011, 00:42
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Classical guitar was neither prestigious nor was often played in concert halls until it was revived by Andres Segovia in the mid-twentieth century, having been won over by the instrument's sound despite its relative obscurity.

1. Classical guitar was neither prestigious nor was often played in concert halls until it was revived by Andres Segovia in the mid-twentieth century, having been won over by the instrument's sound despite its relative obscurity.

2. Classical guitar was neither prestigious nor played often in concert halls until it was revived by Andres Segovia in the mid-twentieth century, having been won over by the instrument's sound despite its relative obscurity.

3. Classical guitar was not prestigious and was not often played in concert halls until Andres Segovia revived it in the mid-twentieth century, after he was won over by the sound despite the instrument's relative obscurity.

4. Classical guitar did not have prestige nor was it performed often in concert halls until its revival by Andres Segovia, who in the mid-twentieth century was won over by the instrument's sound despite its relative obscurity.

5. Classical guitar was neither prestigious nor was often played in concert halls until Andres Segovia revived it in the mid-twentieth century, when he was won over by the sound of the relatively obscure instrument.
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Re: guitar confused [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2011, 21:28
E might be wrong for two reasons:
1.was neither prestigious nor was often played:neither nor will not take two uses of 'was', and also it should be- was neither prestigious nor played often.
2. It seems to say he was won over by the guitar precisely in mid-20th century, by the use of 'when he was won over' rather than 'after he was won over'
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Re: guitar confused [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2011, 21:36
exactly , 'was neither prestigious nor was often played' is wrong .

'was neither prestigious nor often played' is right

'neither was prestigious nor was often played' , i want to know whether this usage is correct ?
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Re: guitar confused [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2011, 08:19
C is a clear winner.
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'neither was prestigious nor was often played' is correct for the reason,
1. Neither nor is a correlative conjunction, and connects grammatically equal parts.
Here both are predicates.

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Re: guitar confused [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2011, 08:55
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Choices A, B and E are out at first sight for the lack //ism in the use of correlative conjunction. Choice D faults on using the conjunction ‘nor’ without ‘neither’. In addition D is wrong on using an active voice on one side of the conjunction ‘nor’ and a passive voice on the other side.
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Re: guitar confused [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2011, 11:52
I chose B. But I see why the "having" phrase is problematic. Usually the "having" modifies a person immediately after a comma. I just didn't like the two "was not" and so avoided c...
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