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# Frank Lloyd Wright was a preeminent architect of the twentieth century

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Frank Lloyd Wright was a preeminent architect of the twentieth century, and there have been many less talented people who, both in the past and today, have imitated his style.

(A) there have been many less talented people who, both in the past and today, have

(B) a great number of less talented people of today, as well as in the past, have

(C) many less talented people, both in the past and today, have

(D) there are many less talented people, today as well as in the past, who

(E) many people less talented than Wright who, today as well as in the past, have

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The original version contains no grammatical errors. However, the phrase there have been many less talented people who is wordy.

Choice (C) provides a more concise and graceful version, without introducing any new errors.

In choice (B), a great number of is wordy; also, the two phrases of today and in the past lack grammatical parallelism.

Choice (D) provides a less wordy version than the original, but is still not as effective as choice (C).

As for choice (E), it too is unnecessarily wordy; what’s more, within the construction of choice (E), the word who creates an incomplete sentence and should be omitted.

The correct answer is (C).

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23 Jan 2020, 17:28
Though C is the best option, I doubt on C for idiom error.

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23 Jan 2020, 23:04
Dear Friends,

Here is a detailed explanation to this question-

Frank Lloyd Wright was a preeminent architect of the twentieth century, and there have been many less talented people who, both in the past and today, have imitated his style.

(A) there have been many less talented people who, both in the past and today, have

(B) a great number of less talented people of today, as well as in the past, have

(C) many less talented people, both in the past and today, have

(D) there are many less talented people, today as well as in the past, who

(E) many people less talented than Wright who, today as well as in the past, have

Choice A: This answer choice is technically correct; however, the inclusion of the phrase "there have been" is not strictly necessary and renders the sentence needlessly wordy. Thus, this answer choice is not a very good one.

Choice B: This answer choice is also needlessly wordy, due to the use of the phrase "a great number of". Additionally, the phrases "people of today" and "in the past" are not parallel. Thus, this answer choice is incorrect.

Choice C: This answer choice is the most concise one available and avoids all tense, parallelism, and construction errors. Thus, this answer choice is correct.

Choice D: This answer choice is similarly wordy, although less so than Option A. Moreover, this answer choice incorrectly uses the present tense verb "are" to refer to "people...in the past". Thus, this answer choice is incorrect.

Choice E: This answer choice leads to an incomplete sentence, due to the inclusion of the word "who". Thus, this answer choice is incorrect.

Hence, C is the best answer choice.

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27 Jan 2020, 04:57
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Though C is the best option, I doubt on C for idiom error.

Both in the past and today...

Hello gvij2017 how are you?

among all the rest (C) is good.
your concern is reasonable but everything related to the idioms is always tricky.
usually, BOTH x AND y, where x and y are parallel = means same.
but there could be other variations such as:
BOTH IN x AND Y
BOTH AT x AND Y
BOTH ON x AND Y
I haven't seen these variations much among other SC questions, but they do exist.

eventually, we don't need the PERFECT RIGHT answer, we just need to find four wrong and one (more or less) correct withing the given context
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