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# Classical guitar was neither prestigious nor was often

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

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11 Aug 2008, 15:34
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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.

Classical guitar was neither prestigious nor played often 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.

Classical guitar was not prestigious and was not often played in concert halls until Andres Segovia revived it in the mid-twentieth century, after he was won over by the sound despite the instrument's relative obscurity.

Please explain why the "bold portion" is wrong. I think I have an idea but would like more perspectives.

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11 Aug 2008, 16:48
x97agarwal wrote:
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.

Classical guitar was neither prestigious nor played often 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.

Classical guitar was not prestigious and was not often played in concert halls until Andres Segovia revived it in the mid-twentieth century, after he was won over by the sound despite the instrument's relative obscurity.

Please explain why the "bold portion" is wrong. I think I have an idea but would like more perspectives.

The bold portion is modifying classical guitar in that sentence, not andres segovia.
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11 Aug 2008, 17:15
Having Been is incorrectly used here - the action (won over) happened in the past, and does not carry itself into the present or future.

Use "have been" when an action occurred in the past, and continues into the present or future.

The simple past "he was won over" is sufficient.
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12 Aug 2008, 06:21
Segovia, not classical guitar, must be modified by the bold section. In that section "its" is near sound, not near instrument. I think that the instrument is obscur, not its sound. However, this "its" is ambiguous.

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