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Despite Beethoven's traditional status as the first great Romantic composer, he is considered by some musicologists to be the last great composer of the Classical era.

a) Despite Beethoven's traditional status as the first great Romantic composer, he is considered by some musicologists to be the last great composer of the Classical era.

b) Despite Beethoven's traditional status as the first great Romantic composer, he is considered the last great composer of the Classical era by some musicologists.

c) Although his status is traditionally as the first great Romantic composer, Beethoven is considered as being the last great composer of the Classical era by some musicologists.

d) Despite his traditional status as the first great Romantic composer, Beethoven is considered the last great composer of the Classical era by some musicologists.

e) Although he is traditionally considered to be the first great Romantic composer, some musicologists consider Beethoven as the last great composer of the Classical era.
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29 Jun 2008, 20:52
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Despite Beethoven's traditional status as the first great Romantic composer, he is considered by some musicologists to be the last great composer of the Classical era.

a) Despite Beethoven's traditional status as the first great Romantic composer, he is considered by some musicologists to be the last great composer of the Classical era.

b) Despite Beethoven's traditional status as the first great Romantic composer, he is considered the last great composer of the Classical era by some musicologists.

c) Although his status is traditionally as the first great Romantic composer, Beethoven is considered as being the last great composer of the Classical era by some musicologists.

d) Despite his traditional status as the first great Romantic composer, Beethoven is considered the last great composer of the Classical era by some musicologists.

e) Although he is traditionally considered to be the first great Romantic composer, some musicologists consider Beethoven as the last great composer of the Classical era.

A,B -- pronoun reference issues
C. as being incorrect...
D -- LOOKS GOOD CONCISE AND PASSIVE VOICE which emphasizes BEETHOVEN.
E -- emphasizes some musicologists.

I will go for D
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30 Jun 2008, 20:10
Despite Beethoven's traditional status as the first great Romantic composer, he is considered by some musicologists to be the last great composer of the Classical era.

a) Despite Beethoven's traditional status as the first great Romantic composer, he is considered by some musicologists to be the last great composer of the Classical era. -- Pronoun Reference

b) Despite Beethoven's traditional status as the first great Romantic composer, he is considered the last great composer of the Classical era by some musicologists. -- Pronoun Reference

c) Although his status is traditionally as the first great Romantic composer, Beethoven is considered as being the last great composer of the Classical era by some musicologists. --being && consider as is wrong idiom

d) Despite his traditional status as the first great Romantic composer, Beethoven is considered the last great composer of the Classical era by some musicologists.

e) Although he is traditionally considered to be the first great Romantic composer, some musicologists consider Beethoven as the last great composer of the Classical era.consider to be is wrong idiom
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Despite Beethoven's traditional status as the first great Romantic composer, he is considered by some musicologists to be the last great composer of the Classical era.

a) Despite Beethoven's traditional status as the first great Romantic composer, he is considered by some musicologists to be the last great composer of the Classical era.

b) Despite Beethoven's traditional status as the first great Romantic composer, he is considered the last great composer of the Classical era by some musicologists.

c) Although his status is traditionally as the first great Romantic composer, Beethoven is considered as being the last great composer of the Classical era by some musicologists.

d) Despite his traditional status as the first great Romantic composer, Beethoven is considered the last great composer of the Classical era by some musicologists.

e) Although he is traditionally considered to be the first great Romantic composer, some musicologists consider Beethoven as the last great composer of the Classical era.

Answer must be (D) for the highlighted errors in the other options..
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21 Sep 2017, 12:46
The original sentence contains several errors. First, the pronoun "he" has no antecedent. It is meant to
refer to Beethoven, yet Beethoven himself does not appear in the sentence. Instead, we have
"Beethoven's traditional status." Second, the verb "to consider" should not be followed by "to be." The
correct form of the idiom is "X is considered Y," not "X is considered to be Y."

(A) This choice is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence.

(B) The idiom is correct here ("he is considered the last great composer..."), but the pronoun is not;
the pronoun "he" has no antecedent. It is meant to refer to Beethoven, yet Beethoven himself does
not appear in the sentence. Instead, we have "Beethoven's traditional status."

(C) The pronoun issue is corrected here: "his status" replaces "Beethoven's traditional status" and
"Beethoven" replaces "he." However, the idiom "considered as being the last great composer" is not
correct; "as being" is not needed. The correct form of the idiom is "X is considered Y," not "X is
considered as being Y."

(D) CORRECT. The pronoun issue is corrected here: "his traditional status" replaces "Beethoven's
traditional status" and "Beethoven" replaces "he." The idiom is also correct here: "Beethoven is
considered the last great composer..."

(E) The pronoun issue is corrected here: "he" refers clearly to "Beethoven." However, "he is
considered to be the first great Romantic composer" and "consider Beethoven as the last great
composer" are both unidiomatic. The correct forms of the idiom are "X is considered Y" and "consider
X Y": "he is considered the first great Romantic composer" and "consider Beethoven the last great
composer."
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21 Sep 2017, 20:15
He cannot refer to Beethoven's traditional status(Pronoun reference error).
Option A and B are out because of this.

In Option C is awkward because of the usage of 'status is traditionally'

In Option E is wrong because of incorrect idiomatic usage. Also Beethoven should be placed right after the clause "although.... composer"

For these reasons, by process of elimination, only Option D remains and is the correct answer
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