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Would you please help me in understanding the fault in E? E looks fine and better than C at the same time.


Hey TaN1213 ,

E is a blunder here.

The rule of "neither X nor Y" is very strict. Meaning X and Y must be ||.

Now look at E.

It says

Classical guitar was neither prestigious(X) nor was often played(Y) in concert halls until Andres Segovia revived it in the mid-twentieth century, when he was won over by the sound of the relatively obscure instrument.

Here X is prestigious. It is a quality.

Y is 'was often played'. It describes the action.

Therefore, a quality cannot be parallel to an action. Hence, E is wrong.

Does that make sense?
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TaN1213 wrote:
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Would you please help me in understanding the fault in E? E looks fine and better than C at the same time.


Hey TaN1213 ,

E is a blunder here.

The rule of "neither X nor Y" is very strict. Meaning X and Y must be ||.

Now look at E.

It says

Classical guitar was neither prestigious(X) nor was often played(Y) in concert halls until Andres Segovia revived it in the mid-twentieth century, when he was won over by the sound of the relatively obscure instrument.

Here X is prestigious. It is a quality.

Y is 'was often played'. It describes the action.

Therefore, a quality cannot be parallel to an action. Hence, E is wrong.

Does that make sense?


Hello,
Thanks for taking up the post.
Would the following modified version of E be correct?
" Classical guitar was neither prestigious(X) nor often played(Y) in concert halls until Andres Segovia revived it in the mid-twentieth century, when he was won over by the sound of the relatively obscure instrument. "
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Thanks for taking up the post.
Would the following modified version of E be correct?
" Classical guitar was neither prestigious(X) nor often played(Y) in concert halls until Andres Segovia revived it in the mid-twentieth century, when he was won over by the sound of the relatively obscure instrument. "


Hey TaN1213 ,

Unfortunately No.

Again your X is a quality(prestigious) whereas Y is a verb (played). It will again be wrong.

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Classical guitar was neither prestigious nor was often [#permalink]

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TaN1213 wrote:
Hello,
Thanks for taking up the post.
Would the following modified version of E be correct?
" Classical guitar was neither prestigious(X) nor often played(Y) in concert halls until Andres Segovia revived it in the mid-twentieth century, when he was won over by the sound of the relatively obscure instrument. "


Hey TaN1213 ,

Unfortunately No.

Again your X is a quality(prestigious) whereas Y is a verb (played). It will again be wrong.

Thanks

Hey,

I have a strong feeling that "often played" can work as adjective in much the same way as can 'prestigious' . Are you absolutely sure that this version is wrong or we both can get our doubt clarified further?

Example: The often played game of Quidditch was soon banned in Hogswartz after the death of Dumbledore. ---> acts as adjective.

Had Y been "played often", I would have agreed with your reasoning that Y is an action.
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I have a strong feeling that "often played" can work as adjective in much the same way as can 'prestigious' as an adjective. Are you absolutely sure that this version is wrong or we both can get our doubt clarified further?


Hey TaN1213 ,

You made me think for a second but yes I have a solid reason to prove my point. :)

Do you know once outside vs twice inside rules? If not, check them out here: https://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmat-para ... ce-inside/

Now, if you look from that stand point, you did nothing but moved the original option E from 'Twice Inside' to 'Once Outside'

i.e. You converted "was prestigious nor was played" to "was prestigious nor played". This doesn't change the meaning of the sentence.

So, technically option E is still conveying:

1. It was prestigious
2. It was often played.

Regarding the example you gave, you are absolutely correct but that isn't applicable here.

Does that make sense?
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Re: Classical guitar was neither prestigious nor was often [#permalink]

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abhimahna wrote:
TaN1213 wrote:
Hey,

I have a strong feeling that "often played" can work as adjective in much the same way as can 'prestigious' as an adjective. Are you absolutely sure that this version is wrong or we both can get our doubt clarified further?


Hey TaN1213 ,

You made me think for a second but yes I have a solid reason to prove my point. :)

Do you know once outside vs twice inside rules? If not, check them out here: https://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmat-para ... ce-inside/

Now, if you look from that stand point, you did nothing but moved the original option E from 'Twice Inside' to 'Once Outside'

i.e. You converted "was prestigious nor was played" to "was prestigious nor played". This doesn't change the meaning of the sentence.

So, technically option E is still conveying:

1. It was prestigious
2. It was often played.

Regarding the example you gave, you are absolutely correct but that isn't applicable here.

Does that make sense?

Yeah that version of E would still be wrong. I figured out the error. 'often played' is not used as adjective in this case.
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Classical guitar was neither prestigious nor was often played in concert halls until it was revived by Andres Segovia in the mid-twentieth century, having been won over by the instrument's sound despite its relative obscurity.

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