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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.

a 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.

b 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.

c 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.

d 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.

e 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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10 May 2008, 23:51
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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.

a 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.

b 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.

c 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.

d 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.

e 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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despite there is too many "passive voice"
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11 May 2008, 04:53
i believe this one is C. I dont like either A or B becase of the way it ends, namely, the 'having..' portion; it just doesnt sound clear.

D is out pretty quickly as well for me. E changes the meaning slightly
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11 May 2008, 07:22
Tough one. Took me 2 min.

c) 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.

d) 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.

C looks to be correct. 'After' places events in the right order.
D seems to suggest that "he was won over in the mid-twentieth century". This need not be the case.

But if i had lesser time, I would have gone with D since it does have the pronoun agreement right.
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11 May 2008, 08:13
Crap..for the first 2 minutes I was just staring at the choices.None of them sounded good.
A,B - Classical guitar....,having been won..
(so did guitar won?) out
After eliminating A and B , now confused between, 'whose obscurity?'
Sound's or Guitar's?? Took me another 2 minutes.
D- (........) won over by the instrument's sound despite its relative obscurity.
(here its is pointing to instrument's SOUND)
Now down to C and E.
The word 'despite' in C convinced me as it is showing the contrast.
In E, there is no contrast.
I am going with C.
Plz post OE, as I hate my own crappy analysis.
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11 May 2008, 10:06
B looks best to me. In E "nor was often played" is passive and not concise as compared to B " played often"
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11 May 2008, 10:22
I'd go for B, despite a passive construction (having been)
A. "was neither prestigious nor was often" is not parallel.
C. was not prestigious and was not (neither nor is better)
D.did not have the prestige nor it was performed is awkward and unidiomatic.
E. Same as A.
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11 May 2008, 10:25
C is the best of all..

first of all D changes the meaning..as if Andre was won over in the mid-20th century..

e changes the meaning as if he was won over in the middle 20th century..

C just says he revived it in mid-20th century...AFTER he was won over by the sound..
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11 May 2008, 16:05
OA is C

In the original sentence, "was" does not need to be repeated after "nor." Moreover, "having been won over..." incorrectly modifies "classical guitar" (the subject of the preceding clause) instead of Segovia.

(A) This choice is the same as the original sentence.

(B) This choice does not correct the modifier issue.

(C) CORRECT. This choice corrects the "nor" issue as well as the modifier issue. Now it is clear that it was Segovia who was won over by the instrument's sound.

(D) This choice is incorrect because the phrase "classical guitar did not have prestige nor was it performed..." is not parallel ("did not have....nor was it performed"). Note that one verb is active & the other is passive. In general, you should make parallel verbs have the same voice: see SC #86 in the 11th edition. In this problem, the GMAT demands parallelism of voices, although the construction is not “nor”-based.

Also, the construction “not… nor…” in this context requires inversion of the second verb (“nor was it performed”). Such inversions can sound stilted. Finally, as an idiom, the expression “to have prestige” is inferior to “to be prestigious.”

(E) This choice is incorrect because it repeats "was" after "nor" and because it implies that Segovia was won over by the sound of the instrument in the mid-twentieth century, while the original sentence makes clear that this happened at some earlier point.
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