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In June of 1987, The Bridge of Trinquetaille, Vincent van Gogh's view of an iron bridge over the Rhone sold for $20.2 million and it was the second highest price ever paid for a painting at auction.

(A) Rhone sold for $20.2 million and it was
(B) Rhone, which sold for $20.2 million, was
(C) Rhone, was sold for $20.2 million,
(D) Rhone was sold for $20.2 million, being
(E) Rhone, sold for $20.2 million, and was
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Re: Brdge Trnquetaille [#permalink] New post 20 Nov 2009, 21:37
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In June of 1987, The Bridge of Trinquetaille, Vincent van Gogh's view of an iron bridge over the Rhone sold for $20.2 million and it was the second highest price ever paid for a painting at auction.

(A) Rhone sold for $20.2 million and it was
(B) Rhone, which sold for $20.2 million, was
(C) Rhone, was sold for $20.2 million,
(D) Rhone was sold for $20.2 million, being
(E) Rhone, sold for $20.2 million, and was


I think the answer is D. My reasoning is as follows:

(A) Rhone sold for $20.2 million and it was
The part of was should be a subordinate sentence not equal. Otherwise it implies the painting sold for X and the painting was the second highest price ever paid.

(B) Rhone, which sold for $20.2 million, was
which sold for $20.2 million is a non essential modifier here. Without this modifier the sentence reads "the painting was the second highest price ever paid" which is incorrect.

(C) Rhone, was sold for $20.2 million,
The comma here makes "was sold for X" awkward.

D) Rhone was sold for $20.2 million, being
Correct, being creates a subordinate sentence which explains that 20.2m is the second highest price ever paid.

(E) Rhone, sold for $20.2 million, and was
Similar issue to A.
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Re: Brdge Trnquetaille [#permalink] New post 21 Nov 2009, 04:14
I believe the OA is C

(A) Rhone sold for $20.2 million and it was
Wrong : Here it is ambiguous, because not sure where it's pointing i.e. whether it's Rhone or iron bridge or The Bridge of Trinquetaille
(B) Rhone, which sold for $20.2 million, was
Wrong : Here which is pointing to Rhone rather than The Bridge of Trinquetaille
(C) Rhone, was sold for $20.2 million,
Correct:Because this implies that The Bridge of Trinquetaille was sold for $20.2 million,the second highest price ever paid for a painting at auction.
the second highest price ever paid for a painting at auction correctly modifies 20.2 million.
(D) Rhone was sold for $20.2 million, being
Wrong: Because this sentence says that being the second highest price ever paid for a painting at auction , the painting was sold for $20.2 million and that of course is not case here.
(E) Rhone, sold for $20.2 million, and was
Wrong: Here the two events are independent , sold for $20.2 million and the second highest price ever paid for a painting at auction, but that's not true over here 2nd is the cause of 1st.


Please correct me if I am wrong . More than happy to learn more from here :)

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Re: Brdge Trnquetaille [#permalink] New post 21 Nov 2009, 09:59
I choose B for:

Here is using modifiers. Answer the question what is sold? Rhone, so which modifies Rhone. And it refers to nothing. was is right placement for linking with preceding clause.

So what is OA?
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Re: Brdge Trnquetaille [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2009, 01:51
Cool man :) now we have 3 people supporting 3 different options ,this discussion just getting hot.
Can anyone please confirm what is the OA.

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Re: Brdge Trnquetaille [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2009, 02:14
I think the answer is 'C'.
Words like 'It', 'being' etc are not required here and make the sentence ambiguous i.e. do they refer to $20.2 million or the painting ??? That's my take...

C clearly states that $20.2 million was the 'second highest price ever paid.....' which makes more sense.

I am a bit confused with the non-underlined part of the sentence... 'The Bridge of Trinquetaille' is referred as 'Vincent van Gogh's view of an iron bridge over the Rhone'. What does the 'view' actually mean here ?? I am assuming it's the same as a 'painting' in the art vocabulary???
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Re: Brdge Trnquetaille [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2009, 03:11
A) "Sold for X and it was Y " sounds awkward
B) "Which" is incorrectly modifying Rhone
C) looks fine
D) what is the word "being" doing here?
E) looks fine

I was between C and E.
Honestly I first chose E. But after taking a deep breath I realized C is the best, because the sentence right after the underline is modifying the amount of money.
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Re: Brdge Trnquetaille [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2009, 04:11
OA is C
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Re: Brdge Trnquetaille [#permalink] New post 23 Nov 2009, 03:42
kaptain, The Bridge of Trinquetaille is the name of the painting and the subject, and Vincent van Gogh's view of an iron bridge over the Rhone is used here to describe the painting/subject.
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Re: Brdge Trnquetaille [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2009, 07:25
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C is best.

The Bridge of Trinquetaille cannot be "the second highest price ever paid for a painting at auction." The previous phrase needs to modify some monetary figure. C is the only answer choice that allows "$20.2 million" to be modified. The other choices modify the painting instead.
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