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# Marc Murphy, the chef and an owner of the Landmarc

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Marc Murphy, the chef and an owner of the Landmarc restaurants in Manhattan, is roasting turkey breasts in one oven while he braises the legs in the other.
A. the chef and an owner of the Landmarc restaurants in Manhattan, is roasting turkey breasts in one oven while he braises the legs in the other
B. Landmarc restaurants‘ chef and owner in Manhattan, roasts turkey breasts in one oven while braising the legs in another
C. the chef and an owner of the Landmarc restaurants in Manhattan, roast turkey breasts in one oven while braising the leg in another
D. the chef and an owner of the Landmarc restaurants of Manhattan, roasted turkey breasts in one oven while braising the legs in another
E. the chef and an owner of the Landmarc restaurants in Manhattan, roasts turkey breasts in one oven while braising the legs in another
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Marc Murphy, the chef and an owner of the Landmarc restaurants in Manhattan, is roasting turkey breasts in one oven while he braises the legs in the other.
A. the chef and an owner of the Landmarc restaurants in Manhattan, is roasting turkey breasts in one oven while he braises the legs in the other - incorrect tense
B. Landmarc restaurants‘ chef and owner in Manhattan, roasts turkey breasts in one oven while braising the legs in another - Unclear Appositive
C. the chef and an owner of the Landmarc restaurants in Manhattan, roast turkey breasts in one oven while braising the leg in another - verb should be singular
D. the chef and an owner of the Landmarc restaurants of Manhattan, roasted turkey breasts in one oven while braising the legs in another - past tense
E. the chef and an owner of the Landmarc restaurants in Manhattan, roasts turkey breasts in one oven while braising the legs in another - correct

E

The logic to reach E is easiest through POE.

A. the chef and an owner of the Landmarc restaurants in Manhattan, is roasting turkey breasts in one oven while he braises the legs in the other - it conveys as if the guy is roasting it right now...so it should be eliminated
B. Landmarc restaurants‘ chef and owner in Manhattan, roasts turkey breasts in one oven while braising the legs in another - we are clear that Appositive is incorrect/unclear in meaning
C. the chef and an owner of the Landmarc restaurants in Manhattan, roast turkey breasts in one oven while braising the leg in another - Marc Murphy will take a singular verb form,so eliminate this
D. the chef and an owner of the Landmarc restaurants of Manhattan, roasted turkey breasts in one oven while braising the legs in another - past tense
E. the chef and an owner of the Landmarc restaurants in Manhattan, roasts turkey breasts in one oven while braising the legs in another - correct

So I was stuck between D & E.

While generally takes a progressing verb form to convey that the task was done alongside another task.
E.g. Everyday I eat my breakfast while reading the newspaper.

if there is any confusion on while +ing verb look at roasts and roasted
The whole sentence is an informational clause about a guy who's a chef and an owner...such clauses are best represented in present tense. Hence E

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Marc Murphy, the chef and an owner of the Landmarc restaurants in Manhattan, is roasting turkey breasts in one oven while he braises the legs in the other.
A. the chef and an owner of the Landmarc restaurants in Manhattan, is roasting turkey breasts in one oven while he braises the legs in the other
B. Landmarc restaurants‘ chef and owner in Manhattan, roasts turkey breasts in one oven while braising the legs in another
C. the chef and an owner of the Landmarc restaurants in Manhattan, roast turkey breasts in one oven while braising the leg in another
D. the chef and an owner of the Landmarc restaurants of Manhattan, roasted turkey breasts in one oven while braising the legs in another
E. the chef and an owner of the Landmarc restaurants in Manhattan, roasts turkey breasts in one oven while braising the legs in another

First and foremost, think: what does the sentence convey?
It is telling you that a chef roasts turkey breasts in one oven and turkey legs in another. This is not what people do normally, right? They roast the entire turkey in one oven. The sentence probably wants to tell you that this chef usually roasts his turkey this way.
It is possible that the sentence is telling you that the chef is doing those actions right now or did them some time in the past, but it is a little unlikely. If instead of 'Marc Murphy', you had 'My father' then it would have been more likely.

Anyway, let's look at the options now:

A. the chef and an owner of the Landmarc restaurants in Manhattan, is roasting turkey breasts in one oven while he braises the legs in the other
If 'is roasting' is correct, we are looking for something like 'is roasting turkey breasts in one oven while braising the legs in the other'. If both the actions are taking place right now, you need to use continuous for both.

B. Landmarc restaurants‘ chef and owner in Manhattan, roasts turkey breasts in one oven while braising the legs in another
Is the owner in Manhattan or is the restaurant in Manhattan?

C. the chef and an owner of the Landmarc restaurants in Manhattan, roast turkey breasts in one oven while braising the leg in another
The verb form 'roast' is incorrect since Mark Murphy is singular.

D. the chef and an owner of the Landmarc restaurants of Manhattan, roasted turkey breasts in one oven while braising the legs in another
You can use past continuous and simple past with 'while' but the simple past action must be a short action compared to the past continuous action. e.g. MM popped a peanut in his mouth while roasting the turkey. Normally, 'roasting breasts' and 'braising legs' will come across as long actions. So it isn't very appropriate.

E. the chef and an owner of the Landmarc restaurants in Manhattan, roasts turkey breasts in one oven while braising the legs in another
This makes complete sense. It tells us that the chef does this on a regular basis.
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12 Oct 2012, 03:44
A – Is roasting (present) needs to match braises (past)
B –It’s unclear whether the owner or the restaurants are in Manhattan with this structure.
C – Marc Murphy is singular, therefore roast needs to be plural.
D – roasted (past tense) needs to match braising (present tense)
E – Correct
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12 Oct 2012, 09:48
getgyan wrote:
Marc Murphy, the chef and an owner of the Landmarc restaurants in Manhattan, is roasting turkey breasts in one oven while he braises the legs in the other.
A. the chef and an owner of the Landmarc restaurants in Manhattan, is roasting turkey breasts in one oven while he braises the legs in the other
B. Landmarc restaurants‘ chef and owner in Manhattan, roasts turkey breasts in one oven while braising the legs in another
C. the chef and an owner of the Landmarc restaurants in Manhattan, roast turkey breasts in one oven while braising the leg in another
D. the chef and an owner of the Landmarc restaurants of Manhattan, roasted turkey breasts in one oven while braising the legs in another
E. the chef and an owner of the Landmarc restaurants in Manhattan, roasts turkey breasts in one oven while braising the legs in another

B- Modifier is incorrect
C-Roast turkey is wrong
D- Roasted is wrong

Between A and E

E is correct- analogy of 'one can do an activity while doing an another activity' but vice-versa gives a wrong meaning.
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