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Beethoven's Eighth Symphony, a shorter and denser work than the Sevent

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Beethoven's Eighth Symphony, a shorter and denser work than the Seventh Symphony, and when Czerny asked why it was less popular than the Seventh, he gruffly replied, "Because the Eighth is so much better!"

A Symphony, a shorter and denser work than the Seventh Symphony, and when Czerny asked why it was less popular than the Seventh, he
B Symphony is a shorter and denser work than the Seventh Symphony is, and when Czerny asked a question about why it was less popular than the Seventh, Beethoven
C Symphony is a shorter and denser work than the Seventh Symphony, and when Czerny asked why it was less popular than the Seventh, Beethoven
D Symphony, a shorter and denser work than was the Seventh Symphony, and when Czerny, asking why it was less popular than the Seventh, Beethoven
E Symphony, a shorter and denser work than is the Seventh Symphony, and when Czerny, asking why it was less popular than the Seventh, he
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In A , E he is unclear.(maybe Beethoven or Czerny)
D the sentence is lack of a Verb

between B and C
C is short and clear
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Split #1: all five answer choices have the word "and when" beginning the second half of the sentence. What happens before that? We need a full independent clause, with a bonafide [noun]+[verb] structure. Choices (A) & (D) & (E) have [noun]+[noun modifier] but no verb: they commit the missing verb mistake, so all three are incorrect.

Split #2: the clause following the subordinate conjunction "when" also needs a full [noun]+[verb] structure. Choices (D) & (E) have [noun]+[noun modifier] but no verb: they commit the missing verb mistake again.

Split #3: the name Beethoven appears at the beginning of the sentence in the possessive. A noun in the possessive cannot be the proper antecedent of a pronoun. Therefore, the "he" at the end of the underlined section is a pronoun with no proper antecedent. We need to repeat the name "Beethoven". Choices (A) & (E) make this mistake of using the pronoun.

Split #4: Choice (B) is an unholy abomination. Instead of "than the Seventh symphony", it has the slightly longer "than the Seventh symphony is" --- that's not so bad by itself. Then, it says "Czerny asked a question about why it was less popular" --- totally redundant. If someone asks something, of course it's a question! This phrasing is wordy and redundant, so choice (B) is absolutely unacceptable.

(C) is the only possible answer.
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