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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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14 Oct 2009, 08:22
I think its E.

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.
"having been won over" modifies mid-20th century instead of Andres Segovia
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.
not parallel - was prestigious to nor played often , i think it should be "was often played"
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.
too wordy and awkward - instrument's erlative 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.
nor without neither
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.
when correctly refers to a time and he is correctly referring to Andres Segovia

what is the OA?
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14 Oct 2009, 08:33
My ans is B

'was neither prestigious nor was often' was is repeated and making it awkward
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14 Oct 2009, 14:13
[C] for me.

[A] and [B] use the modifier "having been won over" incorrectly implying that classical guitars were won over ..
[D] suffers from parallelism issues.

Definitely a tough one though ..
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14 Oct 2009, 15:31
A and B both have an issue with the second clause because they “having” does not specifically reference Andres Segovia. “having been won over by the instrument's sound despite its relative obscurity.” Is also slightly wrong in that the relative obscurity is referencing the instrument’s sound but the intended meaning is the instrument itself.
D does not follow the idiom of “neither..nor”

Comes down to C and E. There are two major differences.
The first is E uses neither nor which may be preferable to C.
The second is the ending. I think E uses “when” which directly references the time period that the clause is modifying which is more correct.

I would go with E.
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14 Oct 2009, 18:27
E is the best option.....
Correct usage of neither - nor, no pronoun ambiguity and when correctly refers to a time period....
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15 Oct 2009, 07:24
OA is C

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.

As for most common choice (and mine!) E

(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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15 Oct 2009, 07:30
C for me

The rest violates a parallel rule

For E, was Adjective nor Verb ... This choice is certainly violating the parallel rule.
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09 Nov 2009, 23:16
People are right when they point out the 'was' after nor which signifies incorrect idiomatic usage of neither nor
Therefore E gets eliminated as well.

C is the winner
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13 Nov 2009, 22:30
can someone please provide an explanation to this question?
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06 Apr 2011, 08:46
I don't agree with C.

It changes the meaning of the sentence. It mentions the sound, but sound of what? It's not clear that irt refers to the guitar's sound.
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06 Apr 2011, 08:55
C looks to be the best choice . E would have been the best choice if 'was' didn't follow nor.
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