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Even though he portrayed many memorable characters in his initial career, it was "The Titanic" and his portrayal of romantic Jack Dawson that brought Leonardo De Caprio worldwide popularity and numerous awards.

A) it was "The Titanic" and his portrayal of romantic Jack Dawson that brought Leonardo De Caprio worldwide popularity and numerous awards.
B) Leonardo De Caprio's portrayal of romantic Jack Dawson in "The Titanic" brought him worldwide popularity and numerous awards.
C) Leonardo De Caprio earned worldwide popularity and numerous awards for his portrayal of romantic Jack Dawson in "The Titanic."
D) Leonardo De Caprio earned worldwide popularity and numerous awards based upon his portrayal in "The Titanic" of the romantic Jack Dawson.
E) it was his portrayal of romantic Jack Dawson in "The Titanic" that brought Leonardo De Caprio worldwide popularity and numerous awards.
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1. Modifier clause should modify Leonardo and not Titanic, so it should touch the noun.
2. Based upon should be used if there is a cause and pattern relationship.

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A) it was "The Titanic" and his portrayal of romantic Jack Dawson that brought Leonardo De Caprio worldwide popularity and numerous awards.
B) Leonardo De Caprio's portrayal of romantic Jack Dawson in "The Titanic" brought him worldwide popularity and numerous awards.
C) Leonardo De Caprio earned worldwide popularity and numerous awards for his portrayal of romantic Jack Dawson in "The Titanic."
D) Leonardo De Caprio earned worldwide popularity and numerous awards based upon his portrayal in "The Titanic" of the romantic Jack Dawson.
E) it was his portrayal of romantic Jack Dawson in "The Titanic" that brought Leonardo De Caprio worldwide popularity and numerous awards.

1) Modifier issue ==> A,B, and E are out

2) between C and D, C is better and thus correct, In D...based upon his bla bla bla...seems wordy and awkward

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Even though he portrayed many memorable characters in his initial career, it was "The Titanic" and his portrayal of romantic Jack Dawson that brought Leonardo De Caprio worldwide popularity and numerous awards.

He must refer to the subject immediately following the comma.
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A) it was "The Titanic" and his portrayal of romantic Jack Dawson that brought Leonardo De Caprio worldwide popularity and numerous awards.

"He" cannot refer to "The Titanic".
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B) Leonardo De Caprio's portrayal of romantic Jack Dawson in "The Titanic" brought him worldwide popularity and numerous awards.

"He" cannot refer to "portrayal".
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C) Leonardo De Caprio earned worldwide popularity and numerous awards for his portrayal of romantic Jack Dawson in "The Titanic."

He can refer to Leonardo. "Awards for sh" is idiomatic.
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D) Leonardo De Caprio earned worldwide popularity and numerous awards based upon his portrayal in "The Titanic" of the romantic Jack Dawson.

"Based upon... of..." is washier than bla bla bla.
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E) it was his portrayal of romantic Jack Dawson in "The Titanic" that brought Leonardo De Caprio worldwide popularity and numerous awards.

"He" cannot refer to "his portrayal".
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Here is the OE

Even though he portrayed many memorable characters in his initial career, it was "The Titanic" and his portrayal of romantic Jack Dawson that brought Leonardo De Caprio worldwide popularity and numerous awards.

(A) it was "The Titanic" and his portrayal of romantic Jack Dawson that brought Leonardo De Caprio worldwide popularity and numerous awards.

The construction of the sentence is awkward. Moreover, in the original sentence, the initial clause is referring to Leonardo De Caprio, which requires his name to appear as the noun after the comma instead of the passive construction, which results in a misplaced modifier.

(B) Leonardo De Caprio's portrayal of romantic Jack Dawson in "The Titanic" brought him worldwide popularity and numerous awards.

The pronouns "he" and "him" have no antecedent, as "Leonardo De Caprio's portrayal" is a possessive noun. Subject and object pronouns cannot refer to possessive nouns. The initial clause incorrectly modifies the portrayal of the character rather than Leonardo De Caprio himself.

(C) Leonardo De Caprio earned worldwide popularity and numerous awards for his portrayal of romantic Jack Dawson in "The Titanic."

CORRECT. The initial clause correctly modifies Leonardo De Caprio and the pronouns have clear antecedent.

(D) Leonardo De Caprio earned worldwide popularity and numerous awards based upon his portrayal in "The Titanic" of the romantic Jack Dawson.

This choice corrects the problem of the misplaced modifier; however it creates a new error - "based upon his portrayal on 'The Titanic' of the romantic Jack Dawson." The correct idiom is "portrayal of" not "in" - the phrase "in “The Titanic”” should be moved to the end of the sentence.

(E) it was his portrayal of romantic Jack Dawson in "The Titanic" that brought Leonardo De Caprio worldwide popularity and numerous awards.

The initial clause should modify Leonardo De Caprio, instead it modifies "it".
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19 May 2013, 23:40
The short cut is to remember that as per the tenets of modification, we do require the modified Leonardo to appear immediately after the modifier clause and the comma thereon. Per se, all portrayals (choices A, B and E) are out. Between C and D, it doesn’t take much to decide in favor of the idiomatic (portrayal of) C over the clumsily word-ordered (based upon his portrayal in "The Titanic" of the romantic Jack Dawson) D.
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30 May 2013, 18:04
Vercules wrote:
Even though he portrayed many memorable characters in his initial career, it was "The Titanic" and his portrayal of romantic Jack Dawson that brought Leonardo De Caprio worldwide popularity and numerous awards.

A) it was "The Titanic" and his portrayal of romantic Jack Dawson that brought Leonardo De Caprio worldwide popularity and numerous awards.
B) Leonardo De Caprio's portrayal of romantic Jack Dawson in "The Titanic" brought him worldwide popularity and numerous awards.
C) Leonardo De Caprio earned worldwide popularity and numerous awards for his portrayal of romantic Jack Dawson in "The Titanic."
D) Leonardo De Caprio earned worldwide popularity and numerous awards based upon his portrayal in "The Titanic" of the romantic Jack Dawson.
E) it was his portrayal of romantic Jack Dawson in "The Titanic" that brought Leonardo De Caprio worldwide popularity and numerous awards.

Noun modifier in the opening phrase. Only C and D remain. D is incorrect in meaning. He got the awards not based on something but for portraying ....Hence C
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