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A revered journalist and author, Ruben Martinez in his first book, originally published in 1992. explores the street-artist culture in Los Angeles and their relationship to youth solidarity, gang conflict, and personal expression.

A. A revered journalist and author, Ruben Martinez in his first book, originally published in 1992, explores the street-artist culture in Los Angeles and their

B. A revered journalist and author, Ruben Martinez in his first book, originally published in 1992, explores the street-artist culture in Los Angeles and their

C. Ruben Martinez, revered journalist and author, explore in his first book, originally published in 1992, the street-artist culture in Los Angeles and its

D. In his first book, originally published in 1992, Ruben Martinez, a revered journalist and author, explores the street-artist culture in Los Angeles and their

E. In his first book, originally published in 1992, revered journalist and author Ruben Martinez explores the street-artist culture in Los Angeles and its
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A revered journalist and author, Ruben Martinez in his first book, originally published in 1992. explores the street-artist culture in Los Angeles and their relationship to youth solidarity, gang conflict, and personal expression.

A. A revered journalist and author, Ruben Martinez in his first book, originally published in 1992, explores the street-artist culture in Los Angeles and their INCORRECT - Subject verb agrrement error : culture- their

B. A revered journalist and author, Ruben Martinez in his first book, originally published in 1992, explores the street-artist culture in Los Angeles and theirINCORRECT - Subject verb agrrement error : culture- their

C. Ruben Martinez, revered journalist and author, explore in his first book, originally published in 1992, the street-artist culture in Los Angeles and itsexplore- subject verb agreement. this one has sequence of modifers. Reverend... Modifies Ruben, but what does explore.. Modify? It seeems to modify book. It should be closer to Reuben

D. In his first book, originally published in 1992, Ruben Martinez, a revered journalist and author, explores the street-artist culture in Los Angeles and theirINCORRECT - Subject verb agrrement error : culture- their

E. In his first book, originally published in 1992, revered journalist and author Ruben Martinez explores the street-artist culture in Los Angeles and its[/quote]

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OPTION C ->
Ruben Martinez, revered journalist and author, explore in his first book, originally published in 1992, the street-artist culture in Los Angeles and its

there is also a subject-verb agreement Ruben Martinez explore should be Ruben Martinez exploreS

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OPTION C ->
Ruben Martinez, revered journalist and author, explore in his first book, originally published in 1992, the street-artist culture in Los Angeles and its

there is also a subject-verb agreement Ruben Martinez explore should be Ruben Martinez exploreS

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I see your point about C but what's wrong with E?

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OPTION C ->
Ruben Martinez, revered journalist and author, explore in his first book, originally published in 1992, the street-artist culture in Los Angeles and its

there is also a subject-verb agreement Ruben Martinez explore should be Ruben Martinez exploreS

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I see your point about C but what's wrong with E?


IMO none... Wats the OA?

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A revered journalist and author, Ruben Martinez in his first book, originally published in 1992. explores the street-artist culture in Los Angeles and their relationship to youth solidarity, gang conflict, and personal expression.

A. A revered journalist and author, Ruben Martinez in his first book, originally published in 1992, explores the street-artist culture in Los Angeles and their

B. A revered journalist and author, Ruben Martinez in his first book, originally published in 1992, explores the street-artist culture in Los Angeles and their

C. Ruben Martinez, revered journalist and author, explore in his first book, originally published in 1992, the street-artist culture in Los Angeles and its

D. In his first book, originally published in 1992, Ruben Martinez, a revered journalist and author, explores the street-artist culture in Los Angeles and their

E. In his first book, originally published in 1992, revered journalist and author Ruben Martinez explores the street-artist culture in Los Angeles and its


I spent 1'07'' to solve this problem and chose answer choice (E).
The answer choices have a 3-2 split between "their" and "its". Since the object is street-artist culture, a singular noun, it is incorrect to use the possessive adjective "their". Therefore, answer choices (A), (B), and (D) can be eliminated.
I chose (E) because I think it is quite similar to an OG problem (thelonious-monk-who-was-a-jazz-pianist-and-composer-127087.html) in that a noun that is used to describe someone's occupation is placed before that person's name and without a comma. I don't think it's a rule but rather a special idiom.

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Option "C"

How can "Robert M ---- explore" be correct?

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A revered journalist and author, Ruben Martinez in his first book, originally published in 1992. explores the street-artist culture in Los Angeles and their relationship to youth solidarity, gang conflict, and personal expression.

A. A revered journalist and author, Ruben Martinez in his first book, originally published in 1992, explores the street-artist culture in Los Angeles and their

B. A revered journalist and author, Ruben Martinez in his first book, originally published in 1992, explores the street-artist culture in Los Angeles and their

C. Ruben Martinez, revered journalist and author, explore in his first book, originally published in 1992, the street-artist culture in Los Angeles and its

D. In his first book, originally published in 1992, Ruben Martinez, a revered journalist and author, explores the street-artist culture in Los Angeles and their

E. In his first book, originally published in 1992, revered journalist and author Ruben Martinez explores the street-artist culture in Los Angeles and its


(A), (B) and (D) - No antecedent exists for 'their
(B) - singular subject 'ruben' does not agree with plural verb 'explore'
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Unless my eye sight is cheating me, could someone tell me the difference between A and B?
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Strangely, this seemingly weird exhibition of various modifiers is not a modifier problem. One can remove A, B, and D for subject -pronoun number agreement error-- The culture is singular but 'their' is 'plural'. One can also remove C for saying 'Ruben', who is singular and 'explore' which is plural. E finally remains
It is not clear what the author wants to convey through the maze of modifiers in this topic.
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Am I the only one, who does not see any difference between A and B

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A revered journalist and author, Ruben Martinez in his first book, originally published in 1992. explores the street-artist culture in Los Angeles and their relationship to youth solidarity, gang conflict, and personal expression.

A. A revered journalist and author, Ruben Martinez in his first book, originally published in 1992, explores the street-artist culture in Los Angeles and their

B. A revered journalist and author, Ruben Martinez in his first book, originally published in 1992, explores the street-artist culture in Los Angeles and their

C. Ruben Martinez, revered journalist and author, explore in his first book, originally published in 1992, the street-artist culture in Los Angeles and its

D. In his first book, originally published in 1992, Ruben Martinez, a revered journalist and author, explores the street-artist culture in Los Angeles and their

E. In his first book, originally published in 1992, revered journalist and author Ruben Martinez explores the street-artist culture in Los Angeles and its


Wait shouldn't C read "explores in his first book?" Ruben Martinez is singular therefore the verb explore should be singular - explores.

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