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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: Classical guitar [#permalink] New post 04 Dec 2009, 13:50
'was' is redundant in the neither nor expression.
Statement 2 is the correct answer as it uses the neither nor expression correctly and also does justice to the past participle verb construction.
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Re: Classical guitar [#permalink] New post 04 Dec 2009, 14:16
It's C.
Choice A - was neither prestigious nor was - prestigious and was not parallel
Choice B - having been won over - not correct
Choice D - States that Andres Segovia was won over by the instrument's sound in the mid-twentieth century instead of stating when guitar was revived.
Choice E - was neither prestigious nor was - Same problem as in A
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Re: Classical guitar [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2009, 05:29
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.
Lack of parallelism (“was neither prestigious nor was often played”) INCORRECT

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.
“having been won over by the instrument's sound despite its relative obscurity”. No clear referent. INCORRECT

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.
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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.
Lack of parallelism (“did not have prestige” and “was it performed” ). INCORRECT

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.
Lack of parallelism (“was neither prestigious nor was often played”) INCORRECT

Answer should be C
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Re: Classical guitar [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2009, 02:45
Was confused over B and C.

But it seems 'after he was won over' has won over 'having been won over'.

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Re: Classical guitar [#permalink] New post 29 May 2010, 18:42
Although, I am guessing why option B may be wrong, I would welcome any elaboration from our GMAT Instructors on this problem, thank you.
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Re: Classical guitar [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2010, 17:37
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: Classical guitar [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2010, 23:16
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Got it correct this time...wooohooooo....
And i see how it is correct toooo....


Has to be C!!!
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Re: Classical guitar [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2010, 00:58
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. not parallel

Classical guitar did not have prestige ?
I never seen a guitar that has prestige. :lol:
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Re: Classical guitar [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2010, 01:38
Good question, deserve a real GMAT level.
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Re: Classical guitar [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2010, 13:55
true....also i have observed that many GMAT prep questions are based on tone/meaning corrections, more than the subject-verb/pronoun corrections.

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Re: Classical guitar [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2010, 18:52
neither X nor Y pattern , only C is correct and clearly expressed the sentence without any ambiguity
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