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Friends I am struggling to understand the explanation provided by OG for the below mentioned SC. Can you guys help??

Thelonious Monk, who was a jazz pianist and composer, produced a body of work both rooted in the stride-piano tradition of Willie (The Lion) Smith and Duke Ellington, yet in many ways he stood apart from the mainstream jazz repertory.

A) Thelonious Monk, who was a jazz pianist and composer, produced a body of work both rooted
(B) Thelonious Monk, the jazz pianist and composer, produced a body of work that was rooted both
(C) Jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk, who produced a body of work rooted
(D) Jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk produced a body of work that was rooted
(E) Jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk produced a body of work rooted both


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The problem in A is the unnecessary intrusion of the word ‘both’; you can not say, 'a body of work" and then ‘both’ ‘‘Both’ has no plural referent.

In B and E, ‘both’ is misleading because there are no two traditions. There is only one tradition, i.e. the stride piano tradition.
In C there are two subjects to the main clause namely, Thelonious Monk and he. The second subject ‘he’ is redundant.
D is the correct choice with a proper contrasting and coordinating conjunction 'yet' that joins the two arms of this compound sentence and with the nosey word ‘both’ having been dropped
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His body of work is rooted in stride piano tradition. So there is no use of both
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Friends I am struggling to understand the explanation provided by OG for the below mentioned SC. Can you guys help??

Thelonious Monk, who was a jazz pianist and composer, produced a body of work both rooted in the stride-piano tradition of Willie (The Lion) Smith and Duke Ellington, yet in many ways he stood apart from the mainstream jazz repertory.

A) Thelonious Monk, who was a jazz pianist and composer, produced a body of work both rooted
(B) Thelonious Monk, the jazz pianist and composer, produced a body of work that was rooted both
(C) Jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk, who produced a body of work rooted
(D) Jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk produced a body of work that was rooted
(E) Jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk produced a body of work rooted both


Would be great if you someone can provide answer and elaborate on the underlying reasons?



My answer was D only :). Lets consider the answer choice E it is wrong because:

Jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk produced a body of work rooted both in the stride-piano tradition of Willie (The Lion) Smith and (in) Duke Ellington

both in x and in y....so in is missing in second part and also it is not implicit so E is wrong. Answer choice A is wordy and also rejected on the same grounds because it should have been:

both rooted in x and sthelse in y....but the construction is faulty.

Answer choice C is also wordy and improper usage of both as well. B has proper start but same problem with both.

To consider choice D:

Jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk produced a body of work that was rooted...(that is going to give some important information about work and that information is:)

in the stride-piano tradition of Willie (The Lion) Smith and Duke Ellington

and then the sentence follows:

yet in many ways he stood apart from the mainstream jazz repertory.

Here he properly refers to Monk. So correct choice is D.
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Thanks a lot guys gives some clarity
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