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# Bluegrass musician Bill Monroe, whose repertory, views on

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10 May 2017, 10:44
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brightandamen wrote:
Can anybody explain why the use of "was" is wrong? Thanks

HI brightandamen,

so in C & D usage of first WAS is wrong:

Monroe
whose views WAS influential
was also an inspiration

the subject "views" is plural, so you need WERE not was.

INFLUENCED (Verb) is also better than WERE INFLUENTIAL (Adjective): VAN rule says preference order of verb, adjective and noun is:

Hence B is correct.
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17 May 2017, 04:20
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brightandamen wrote:
Can anybody explain why the use of "was" is wrong? Thanks

HI brightandamen,

so in C & D usage of first WAS is wrong:

Monroe
whose views WAS influential
was also an inspiration

the subject "views" is plural, so you need WERE not was.

INFLUENCED (Verb) is also better than WERE INFLUENTIAL (Adjective): VAN rule says preference order of verb, adjective and noun is:

Hence B is correct.

Oh! It's all clear now, thanks HKD1710 !
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04 Jun 2017, 09:48
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Bluegrass musician Bill Monroe, whose repertory, views on musical collaboration, and vocal style were influential on generations of bluegrass artists, was also an inspiration to many musicians, that included Elvis Presley and Jerry Garcia, whose music differed significantly from his own.

(A) were influential on generations of bluegrass artists, was also an inspiration to many musicians, that included Elvis Presley and Jerry Garcia, whose music differed significantly from

(B) influenced generations of bluegrass artists, also inspired many musicians, including Elvis Presley and Jerry Garcia, whose music differed significantly from

(C) was influential to generations of bluegrass artists, was also inspirational to many musicians, that included Elvis Presley and Jerry Garcia, whose music was different significantly in comparison to

(D) was influential to generations of bluegrass artists, also inspired many musicians, who included Elvis Presley and Jerry Garcia, the music of whom differed significantly when compared to

(E) were an influence on generations of bluegrass artists, was also an inspiration to many musicians, including Elvis Presley and Jerry Garcia, whose music was significantly different from that of

Apologies for digging up an old thread. For point B, could someone please comment on ",also inspired many musicians"? I had ruled out B because I assumed that this comma was unnecessary. In my mind, "Bill whose...influenced X also inspired Y" seems parallel but when you try to break it up with the comma the ",also inspired..." sounds really weird.
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04 Jun 2017, 10:11
This is a pretty interesting yet a fluffy question.
we can skim to the form such as this ---------"Bill monroe (whose --------------bluegrass artists)influenced many people (including --------jerry garcia (whose --------from his own))
The problem with the question stem is that the usage of 'that' in "that included Elvis Presley and Jerry Garcia,"This is pretty wordy and not a rhetorical construction
we have a passive structure--- "whose repertory, views on musical collaboration, and vocal style were influential on generations of bluegrass artists"'.
Please note Sub-Verb rule is followed everywhere.

So Scanning the options for a better choice, Option B get rids of passive structure. But one may get skeptic to the word "also" in the choice B. however re-stating the whole sentence again --- Bill Monroe (whose---------artists) also inspired many musicians, including Elvis Presley and Jerry Garcia, whose music differed significantly from his own.---- makes us clear that there is nothing wrong in the sentence. It's a fair construction and an independent clause.

We cannot say that parallelism is applied here -----(whose repertory, views on musical collaboration, and vocal style----) need not be parallel to (inspired many musicians, including Elvis Presley and Jerry Garcia, whose music differed significantly from his own) because the part relative clause is not a subordinate clause simply giving additional info where the second clause is the main topic/clause being emphasized.

Coming to Option C,D , the plural subject whose "repertory, views" on musical collaboration, and vocal style is taking singular verb "was" .Hence incorrect
Option E awkward, verbose and grammatically incorrect

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Bluegrass musician Bill Monroe, whose repertory, views on musical collaboration, and vocal style were influential on generations of bluegrass artists, was also an inspiration to many musicians, that included Elvis Presley and Jerry Garcia, whose music differed significantly from his own.

(B) influenced generations of bluegrass artists, also inspired many musicians, including Elvis Presley and Jerry Garcia, whose music differed significantly from

Apologies for digging up an old thread. For point B, could someone please comment on ",also inspired many musicians"? I had ruled out B because I assumed that this comma was unnecessary. In my mind, "Bill whose...influenced X also inspired Y" seems parallel but when you try to break it up with the comma the ",also inspired..." sounds really weird.

Hi pafrompa,

First of all it is a good practice to ask question on an existing thread. Have you noticed REQUEST EXPERT REPLY button just below the verbal questions? try them :D

Now comes to the query:

Subject + modifier inside commas + verb
Bill Monroe , whose views and style influenced generations, also inspired

so the comma just before the ALSO is necessary. otherwise it would look like "generations of bluegrass artists" inspired many musicians not Bill.

Here is the entire structure:
Bluegrass musician Bill Monroe
------------------------------,whose repertory, views on musical collaboration, and vocal style influenced generations of bluegrass artists,
also inspired many musicians
---------------------------------,including Elvis Presley and Jerry Garcia
---------------------------------------------------------------------,whose music differed significantly from his own.

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04 Jun 2017, 17:11
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pafrompa wrote:
Bluegrass musician Bill Monroe, whose repertory, views on musical collaboration, and vocal style were influential on generations of bluegrass artists, was also an inspiration to many musicians, that included Elvis Presley and Jerry Garcia, whose music differed significantly from his own.

(B) influenced generations of bluegrass artists, also inspired many musicians, including Elvis Presley and Jerry Garcia, whose music differed significantly from

Apologies for digging up an old thread. For point B, could someone please comment on ",also inspired many musicians"? I had ruled out B because I assumed that this comma was unnecessary. In my mind, "Bill whose...influenced X also inspired Y" seems parallel but when you try to break it up with the comma the ",also inspired..." sounds really weird.

Hi pafrompa,

First of all it is a good practice to ask question on an existing thread. Have you noticed REQUEST EXPERT REPLY button just below the verbal questions? try them :D

Now comes to the query:

Subject + modifier inside commas + verb
Bill Monroe , whose views and style influenced generations, also inspired

so the comma just before the ALSO is necessary. otherwise it would look like "generations of bluegrass artists" inspired many musicians not Bill.

Here is the entire structure:
Bluegrass musician Bill Monroe
------------------------------,whose repertory, views on musical collaboration, and vocal style influenced generations of bluegrass artists,
also inspired many musicians
---------------------------------,including Elvis Presley and Jerry Garcia
---------------------------------------------------------------------,whose music differed significantly from his own.

Hope this helps

HKD,
Helps so much. Not sure what it was but my brain just wasn't seeing the commas as a nonessential modifier. Guess I just got too caught on on trying to keep parallelism throughout the list of Bill's skills. Thanks for clarifying!
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22 Aug 2017, 01:05
B is correct - The original sentence logically intends to explain that Monroe's work influenced generations of artists in his own musical field and that he inspired many musicians in other musical fields. Who or what influenced or inspired whom must be more clearly stated. Additionally, the original sentence lacks precision, being overly wordy and using phrases that are not idiomatic. Concise and consistent verb forms, as well as the use of subordinate phrases rather than clauses, improve the precision of the sentence.

OE:

A - The phrase were influential on is wordy and is not idiomatic; the use of verb forms were (the predicate of repertory, views, and style) and was (the predicate of Monroe) is confusing.

B is Correct - The use of the concise verb forms of influenced and inspired simplifies and clarifies the sentence. The concise use of including avoids the pronoun error and unnecessary wordiness.

C and D are out due to subject-verb agreement.

E - The phrase were an influence on is wordy and not idiomatic. The phrases was also an inspiration to and was significantly different are unnecessarily wordy. The phrase from that of is unclear and confusing.
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Bluegrass musician Bill Monroe, whose repertory, views on musical collaboration, and vocal style were influential on generations of bluegrass artists, was also an inspiration to many musicians, that included Elvis Presley and Jerry Garcia, whose music differed significantly from his own.

(A) were influential on generations of bluegrass artists, was also an inspiration to many musicians, that included Elvis Presley and Jerry Garcia, whose music differed significantly from - "That included" can't follow a comma, and, even if you remove the comma, the meaning is absurd ; "Influential on" is bad idiomatic usage

(B) influenced generations of bluegrass artists, also inspired many musicians, including Elvis Presley and Jerry Garcia, whose music differed significantly from - Correct

(C) was influential to generations of bluegrass artists, was also inspirational to many musicians, that included Elvis Presley and Jerry Garcia, whose music was different significantly in comparison to -subject- verb agreement - "were," ("vocal style were influential") has a compound subject: "repertory, views, and vocal style were influential" ;
"That included" can't follow a comma, and, even if you remove the comma ; "In comparison to" is redundant because the sentence already says "different."
; "Was influential to" is at best awkward

(D) was influential to generations of bluegrass artists, also inspired many musicians, who included Elvis Presley and Jerry Garcia, the music of whom differed significantly when compared to - subject-verb agreement - "were," ("vocal style were influential") has a compound subject: "repertory, views, and vocal style were influential" ;
"Was influential to" is at best awkward ; The wording of this choice implies that bluegrass artists aren't musicians (skeleton sentence: "BM, whose stuff influenced lots of bluegrass artists, also inspired many musicians.")
- "The music of whom" is wordy ("whose music" is better).
- "Differed when compared to" is redundant - and it's an incorrect interpretation (literally, it means that the music was only 'different' when someone was actively comparing it to some other music).

(E) were an influence on generations of bluegrass artists, was also an inspiration to many musicians, including Elvis Presley and Jerry Garcia, whose music was significantly different from that of- - "That of his own" is redundant (and incorrect, because it literally means "Bill Monroe's music's music").

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11 Dec 2017, 11:31
A: Influential to, not influential on. Eliminate.
B: Keep.
C: the original sentence discusses three items that influenced other artists. Need were, not was. Eliminate.
D: Eliminate because sentence uses "was," not were
E: Keep.

B vs E
E: "that" represents music. So the sentence reads at the end: music was different from the music of his own [music]. Eliminate.
Also, "was" is pretty far away from Monroe. It's not a good sign when you see two modifiers trying to hit the same target.

My selection: B
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Bluegrass musician Bill Monroe, whose repertory, views on musical collaboration, and vocal style were influential on generations of bluegrass artists, was also an inspiration to many musicians, that included Elvis Presley and Jerry Garcia, whose music differed significantly from his own.

(A) were influential on generations of bluegrass artists, was also an inspiration to many musicians, that included Elvis Presley and Jerry Garcia, whose music differed significantly from --were influential is not prefered

(B) influenced generations of bluegrass artists, also inspired many musicians, including Elvis Presley and Jerry Garcia, whose music differed significantly from --Correct

(C) was influential to generations of bluegrass artists, was also inspirational to many musicians, that included Elvis Presley and Jerry Garcia, whose music was different significantly in comparison to --SV disagreement

(D) was influential to generations of bluegrass artists, also inspired many musicians, who included Elvis Presley and Jerry Garcia, the music of whom differed significantly when compared to --Same as C

(E) were an influence on generations of bluegrass artists, was also an inspiration to many musicians, including Elvis Presley and Jerry Garcia, whose music was significantly different from that of --were an influence on is not prefered
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