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Although he played many memorable parts in his half-century career

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Although he played many memorable parts in his half-century career, it was "The Andy Griffith Show" and his portrayal of bumbling Deputy Barney Fife that brought Don Knotts TV immortality and five Emmy awards.

(A) it was "The Andy Griffith Show" and his portrayal of bumbling Deputy Barney Fife that brought Don Knotts TV immortality and five Emmy awards.

(B) Don Knotts' portrayal of bumbling Deputy Barney Fife on "The Andy Griffith Show" brought him TV immortality and five Emmy awards.

(C) Don Knotts earned TV immortality and five Emmy awards for his portrayal of bumbling Deputy Barney Fife on "The Andy Griffith Show."

(D) Don Knotts earned TV immortality and five Emmy awards based upon his portrayal on "The Andy Griffith Show" of the bumbling Deputy Barney Fife.

(E) it was his portrayal of bumbling Deputy Barney Fife on "The Andy Griffith Show" that brought Don Knotts TV immortality and five Emmy awards.

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Although he played many memorable parts in his half-century career, it was "The Andy Griffith Show" and his portrayal of bumbling Deputy Barney Fife that brought Don Knotts TV immortality and five Emmy awards.

(A) it was "The Andy Griffith Show" and his portrayal of bumbling Deputy Barney Fife that brought Don Knotts TV immortality and five Emmy awards.

(B) Don Knott's portrayal of bumbling Deputy Barney Fife on "The Andy Griffith Show" brought him TV immortality and five Emmy awards.

(C) Don Knotts earned TV immortality and five Emmy awards for his portrayal of bumbling Deputy Barney Fife on "The Andy Griffith Show."

(D) Don Knotts earned TV immortality and five Emmy awards based upon his portrayal on "The Andy Griffith Show" of the bumbling Deputy Barney Fife.

(E) it was his portrayal of bumbling Deputy Barney Fife on "The Andy Griffith Show" that brought Don Knotts TV immortality and five Emmy awards.


MikeScarn , the quotation in your signature is hilarious. :lol: :lol:

Ah, the lovely dangling modifier issue.
In three of the options, the introduction is "dangling"
because the subject that the intro clause should modify is
not in the subsequent phrase or clause.

The introduction is a subordinate clause with a HE in it, a fact that means
the next thing we ought to be reading about is a man or a boy.

The sentence means that
Don Knotts played many memorable characters in the 50 years that he was on television, but his portrayal of the bumbling Deputy Fife on "The Andy Griffith Show" was the role that earned him lasting fame and five Emmy awards.

Split #1: The pronoun he should modify Don Knotts

Even though "Don Knotts" comes after the pronoun "he," the man himself is still the antecedent.

Option A incorrectly makes he modify both the show and the actor's portrayal.
A TV show is not a HE. An actor's portrayal of a character is not a HE.

Options B and E incorrectly makes the actor's portrayal the target of the modifier "Although he played . . ."
A portrayal of a character is not a HE.
Do not be fooled: possessive words are adjectives. They describe the noun.
They are not the noun.
Don Knotts' is not a noun. HIS is not a noun. Don Knotts' is not a HE. HIS is not a HE.

Eliminate A, B, and E

• Split #2: keep meaning and logic clear by keeping the sequences of phrases clear

After we see the word "portrayal," we expect to hear the answer to the
question, "The portrayal OF WHAT character or OF WHOM?"

True, the portrayal happened on "The Andy Griffiths" show.
But the show did not earn Knotts immortality or five Emmys.
Don Knotts' portrayal of Barney Fife earned him those things.

Portrayal of should be followed immediately by Barney Fife, as in option C.

Option D's insertion of "on the A.G. show" between "portrayal" and "of Barney Fifte"
is neither warranted nor stylistically preferred.

Eliminate D.

The correct answer is C.
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Although he played many memorable parts in his half-century career, it was "The Andy Griffith Show" and his portrayal of bumbling Deputy Barney Fife that brought Don Knotts TV immortality and five Emmy awards.

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(A) it was "The Andy Griffith Show" and his portrayal of bumbling Deputy Barney Fife that brought Don Knotts TV immortality and five Emmy awards.

The phrase before the comma is modifying entity. So after the comma, a noun entity which is being modified should come. Here Don knotts is being modified. So it should come after the comma. ELIMINATED
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(B) Don Knotts' portrayal of bumbling Deputy Barney Fife on "The Andy Griffith Show" brought him TV immortality and five Emmy awards.

same error as in option A. ELIMINATED
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(C) Don Knotts earned TV immortality and five Emmy awards for his portrayal of bumbling Deputy Barney Fife on "The Andy Griffith Show."

he was "awarded for" is the correct idiom. CORRECT
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(D) Don Knotts earned TV immortality and five Emmy awards based upon his portrayal on "The Andy Griffith Show" of the bumbling Deputy Barney Fife.

awards given cannot be based on something. ELIMINATED
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(E) it was his portrayal of bumbling Deputy Barney Fife on "The Andy Griffith Show" that brought Don Knotts TV immortality and five Emmy awards.

same error as in option A. ELIMINATED

OPTION: C
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