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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) same
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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Re: Thelonius Monk [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2012, 18:49
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First, you must know that "both....and...." is a idiom, and it requires parallelism.
What does this mean? That the elements inside that idiom must have the same gramatical structure.
In other words: "both (noun) and (noun)"
"both (adjective) and (adjective)"
etc.

In this case, notice that after "and" there is a noun (Duke Ellington). So, the structure must be "both (noun) and (noun)".
Notice that in all the choices in which there is "both...and...", there is not parallelism in the elements. A, B, and E out.
C creates a fragment sentence "Jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk" is a subject that doesn't have a verb, because after "yet" there is a new and independent clause. D is the answer.

I suggest to read the MGMAT SC book; it provides you a lot of useful concepts.

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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) same
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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Re: Thelonius Monk [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2012, 23:53
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Both needs two items. There are NONE.

a) Thelonious Monk, who was a jazz pianist and composer, produced a body of work both rooted (Single item only Both is WRONG)

b) Thelonious Monk, the jazz pianist and composer, produced a body of work that was rooted both (Single item only Both is WRONG)

c) Jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk, who produced a body of work rooted -- AWKWARD.
e.g. John, who blah blah blah, YET in blah blah blah.
This doesn't even make sense. Why do you need a YET???

The main difference between C and D is the restrictive clause starting with THAT which makes it a more definitive sentence compared to the non-restrictive starting with who which does not look definitive


d) Jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk produced a body of work that was rooted CORRECT
e) Jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk produced a body of work rooted both (Single item only Both is WRONG)
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Re: Thelonius Monk [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2012, 20:17
THank You for explanation it cleared up a lot of issues. Thank You for taking the time to write this!!
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Re: Thelonius Monk [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2012, 22:15
good explanation mettalicafan .Kudos for you !!
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Re: Thelonius Monk [#permalink] New post 09 Feb 2012, 00:10
Very good explanation mettalicafan.
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Re: Thelonius Monk [#permalink] New post 09 Feb 2012, 11:56
what metallica fan said;

key concept here is the idiomatic use of the phase "both..and..", which requires 2 subords
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Re: Thelonius Monk [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2012, 17:51
+1 for D.

A good SC practice question.

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Re: Thelonius Monk [#permalink] New post 10 Mar 2012, 17:32
I have chosen D for this question:

A. The word "both" leads up to believe that there should be another part of the main clause. Also, it is unnecessary to have the subordinator "who."

B. Again, the main problem is the word "both"

C. The subordinator "who" creates wordiness in this answer choice. This sentence is also a fragment.

D. This answer choice eliminates the word "both" and clearly states the intent of the sentence.

E. Again, the word "both" is present here.
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Re: Thelonius Monk [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2012, 11:23
one more vote for D. Good question. Thanks guys
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