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Question No.: SC 102
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Except for a concert performance that the composer himself staged in 1911, Scott Joplin’s ragtime opera Treemonisha was not produced until 1972, sixty-one years after its completion.

(A) Except for a concert performance that the composer himself staged

(B) Except for a concert performance with the composer himself staging it

(C) Besides a concert performance being staged by the composer himself

(D) Excepting a concert performance that the composer himself staged

(E) With the exception of a concert performance with the staging done by the composer himself

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Originally posted by noboru on 30 Aug 2009, 08:19.
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288. Except for a concert performance that the composer himself staged in 1911, Scott Joplin’s ragtime opera Treemonisha was not produced until 1972, sixty-one years after its completion.

(A) Except for a concert performance that the composer himself staged
(No Issues)
(B) Except for a concert performance with the composer himself staging it
("Staging" states a present continuous tense when we know it is a past event as stated "in 1911". Furthermore, the expression "with the..... it" is a wordy when a clear concise expression in the originalis present.)
(C) Besides a concert performance being staged by the composer himself
("Besides"means "In addition to", it changes meaning of the sentence as the sentence states that "Except for X,Y was not produced untill".
Secondly, "being" implies continuous tense where in it implies that the performance is currently being staged when the intended meaning is in PAST.
(D) Excepting a concert performance that the composer himself staged
Composer Himself => Wordy/in concise
Better: Composer staged
(E) With the exception of a concert performance with the staging done by the composer himself
staging=> present continuous when the intended meaning is in PAST.
with the staging => wordy




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The OE for this question(for option D) says that:

"Excepting usually appears in negative constructions; it is not the correct idiom in this sentence."

Could someone please explain in which scenarios "Excepting" could or could not be used?


Consider the statement, "Excepting a broken window, the car was in excellent condition". Excepting stands for "Except for" so no problem grammatically. The problem here is in the meaning.

"Excepting" the tone is negative, Except for something bad, rest all is good. So Excepting defines not an exception but something negative. Hence here it is wrong.

Excepting a bad performance by the male lead, the opera was good. This should, in my opinion a good usage of Excepting.
Excepting shows contrast. It's like saying Apart from that rotten apple, all else awesome. rotten v/s awesome.
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Except for a concert performance that the composer himself staged in 1911, Scott Joplin’s ragtime opera Treemonisha was not produced until 1972, sixty-one years after its completion.

Issue: Meaning | Verb Form

Analysis:
1. The sentence is intends to say that "the performance that the composer staged in 1911" was the only one except "Treemonisha" production in 1972.

I have highlighted the issues in option below:

(A) Except for a concert performance that the composer himself staged

(B) Except for a concert performance with the composer himself staging it
- Incorrect verb tense
- also "it" is redundant as it is used to refer to performance in the same clause


(C) Besides a concert performance being staged by the composer himself
- use of "besides" changes the meaning
- "being staged" is not parallel to the underlined portion of the sentence. (little less certain about this one; will appreciate if someone can confirm)

(D) Excepting a concert performance that the composer himself staged
- incorrect form of the word

(E) With the exception of a concert performance with the staging done by the composer himself
- bad construction

Answer: (A)
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Except for a concert performance that the composer himself staged in 1911, Scott Joplin’s ragtime opera Treemonisha was not produced until 1972, sixty-one years after its completion.

rszarate wrote:
Hi Everyone,
I'm not sure about the role of the phrase "Except for a concert performance that the composer himself staged"... is it acting as an absolute phrase (noun + noun modifier)?

Thank you in advance!

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Hi rszarate , no, that phrase is not an absolute phrase.
It's an introductory prepositional phrase.
Except for is a preposition that means "excluding" or "not including."

The role of this introductory prepositional phrase is to modify the whole idea of the subsequent clause.
In that role, the intro phrase is an adverbial modifier. Introductory prepositional phrases are very versatile. See this footnote.*

Main clause, paraphrased: Joplin's opera was not produced until 61 years after it was completed.
Big Idea of the main clause: "Joplin's opera was not produced for 61 years"

But that main idea has one exception: the concert performance that Joplin himself staged.
The introductory phrase modifies the main idea in the main clause (which is not expressed in one discrete noun) and thus is adverbial.

Hope that helps.


*Introductory prepositional modifiers are very versatile. They are not subject to restrictions that govern five other kinds of intro phrases. I discuss the versatility of this type of intro phrase and contrast it with five other kinds of introductory phrases in this post, here
The other types of intro phrases are adjective phrases; past participle/verbED phrases; present participle/verbING phrases; [preposition + present participle] phrases; and [noun + noun modifier]/appositive phrases.

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288. Except for a concert performance that the composer himself staged in 1911, Scott Joplin’s ragtime opera Treemonisha was not produced until 1972, sixty-one years after its completion.

(A) Except for a concert performance that the composer himself staged
(B) Except for a concert performance with the composer himself staging it
(C) Besides a concert performance being staged by the composer himself
(D) Excepting a concert performance that the composer himself staged
(E) With the exception of a concert performance with the staging done by the composer himself


(A) Except for a concert performance that the composer himself staged -- Correct Staged is in past tense..
(B) Except for a concert performance with the composer himself staging it -- Staging ..? wrong tense.
(C) Besides a concert performance being staged by the composer himself -- Besides means in addition to ..distorts meaning.
(D) Excepting a concert performance that the composer himself staged -- Excepting ..awkward..
(E) With the exception of a concert performance with the staging done by the composer himself -- passive and wordy..
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288. Except for a concert performance that the composer himself staged in 1911, Scott Joplin’s ragtime opera Treemonisha was not produced until 1972, sixty-one years after its completion.

(A) Except for a concert performance that the composer himself staged
(B) Except for a concert performance with the composer himself staging it
(C) Besides a concert performance being staged by the composer himself
(D) Excepting a concert performance that the composer himself staged
(E) With the exception of a concert performance with the staging done by the composer himself

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Hi Anox,

I am no expert but here are my 2 cents about your query:

(C) Besides a concert performance being staged by the composer himself
- use of "besides" changes the meaning
- "being staged" is not parallel to the underlined portion of the sentence. (little less certain about this one; will appreciate if someone can confirm)


The problem with "being staged" is not so much to do with parallelism (no parallelism is at play if you ask me!) , but with the meaning. The use of "being staged" implies an ongoing action, whereas the prompt clearly states that the action was completed in the past (in 1911). Hence using "being staged" distorts the meaning.

I hope this helps!

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Except for a concert performance that the composer himself staged in 1911, Scott Joplin’s ragtime opera Treemonisha was not produced until 1972, sixty-one years after its completion.

Issue: Meaning | Verb Form

Analysis:
1. The sentence is intends to say that "the performance that the composer staged in 1911" was the only one except "Treemonisha" production in 1972.

I have highlighted the issues in option below:

(A) Except for a concert performance that the composer himself staged

(B) Except for a concert performance with the composer himself staging it
- Incorrect verb tense
- also "it" is redundant as it is used to refer to performance in the same clause


(C) Besides a concert performance being staged by the composer himself
- use of "besides" changes the meaning
- "being staged" is not parallel to the underlined portion of the sentence. (little less certain about this one; will appreciate if someone can confirm)

(D) Excepting a concert performance that the composer himself staged
- incorrect form of the word

(E) With the exception of a concert performance with the staging done by the composer himself
- bad construction

Answer: (A)
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agree with A here,

(B) Except for a concert performance with the composer himself staging it -- staging it in 1911? past...
(C) Besides a concert performance being staged by the composer himself -- being staged...ruled this one out for using being...sound awkward
(D) Excepting a concert performance that the composer himself staged -- Excepting..sound awkward
(E) With the exception of a concert performance with the staging done by the composer himself -- passive not as good as A
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The OG explains that "Excepting" in D usually appears in negative constructions; it is not the correct idiom in this sentence.

Could anybody give me one example that uses "excepting" correctly?

I googled and looked up my dictionary, but I couldn't find good examples.
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288. Except for a concert performance that the composer himself staged in 1911, Scott Joplin’s ragtime opera Treemonisha was not produced until 1972, sixty-one years after its completion.

(A) Except for a concert performance that the composer himself staged
(B) Except for a concert performance with the composer himself staging it
(C) Besides a concert performance being staged by the composer himself
(D) Excepting a concert performance that the composer himself staged
(E) With the exception of a concert performance with the staging done by the composer himself



B) "with the" and "staging it" sounds weird and wrong. B out
C) Im not sure, but I think it might be wrong to start a sentence with "besides", also "being" sounds weird. But we keep it as a contender
D) Excepting is the wrong word. We're not excepting anything.
E) "with the staging" sounds weird, and the whole sentence is inefficient anyways. "with the exception of" should simply be "except for"

A and C are left: Starting a sentence with "except for" sounds right, whereas "besides" makes it seem that we want to say "on the side of". Besides simply distorts the intended meaning. We do not want to say what happened in contrast to the staged event, we want to say that the staged event was a one off occasion that was never repeated again. Also "that the composer staged" sounds much better than "being staged by the composer". Therefore, C gone and we pick A.
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The OE for this question(for option D) says that:

"Excepting usually appears in negative constructions; it is not the correct idiom in this sentence."

Could someone please explain in which scenarios "Excepting" could or could not be used?
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B IS WRONG MAINLY BECAUSE THE WORD "STAGING" MEANS THAT IT IS STILL HAPPENING, PRESENT CONTINUOUS TENSE. IN ADDITION B IS WORDY AT "WITH THE…IT".

C IS WRONG BECAUSE THE WORD "BESIDES" CHANGES THE MEANING OF THE SENTENCE. BESIDES MEANS "IN ADDITION TO".

D IS WRONG BECAUSE WORD "EXCEPTING" IS AWKWARD AND WEIRD, BOOOO.

E IS WRONG BECAUSE "STAGING" IS A PRESENT CONTINUOUS IMPLYING THIS ACTION IS STILL HAPPENING WHEN WE KNOW THIS EVENT TOOK PLACE A VERY LONG TIME AGO.
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eybrj2 wrote:
The OG explains that "Excepting" in D usually appears in negative constructions; it is not the correct idiom in this sentence.

Could anybody give me one example that uses "excepting" correctly?

I googled and looked up my dictionary, but I couldn't find good examples.


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besides- it means both except / in addition to
preposition
1.
in addition to; apart from.
"I have no other family besides my parents"
synonyms: apart from, other than, aside from, but for, save for, not counting, excluding, not including, except, with the exception of, excepting, bar, barring, leaving aside, beyond; More
adverb
1.
in addition; as well.
"I'm capable of doing the work, and a lot more besides"
synonyms: as well, too, in addition, also, into the bargain, on top of that.

C) is wrong due to the use of "being" , which is not appropriate here.

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288. Except for a concert performance that the composer himself staged in 1911, Scott Joplin’s ragtime opera Treemonisha was not produced until 1972, sixty-one years after its completion.

(A) Except for a concert performance that the composer himself staged
(No Issues)
(B) Except for a concert performance with the composer himself staging it
("Staging" states a present continuous tense when we know it is a past event as stated "in 1911". Furthermore, the expression "with the..... it" is a wordy when a clear concise expression in the originalis present.)
(C) Besides a concert performance being staged by the composer himself
("Besides"means "In addition to", it changes meaning of the sentence as the sentence states that "Except for X,Y was not produced untill".
Secondly, "being" implies continuous tense where in it implies that the performance is currently being staged when the intended meaning is in PAST.
(D) Excepting a concert performance that the composer himself staged
Composer Himself => Wordy/in concise
Better: Composer staged
(E) With the exception of a concert performance with the staging done by the composer himself
staging=> present continuous when the intended meaning is in PAST.
with the staging => wordy




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Hi Everyone,
I'm not sure about the role of the phrase "Except for a concert performance that the composer himself staged"... is it acting as an absolute phrase (noun + noun modifier)?

Thank you in advance!

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