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# In June of 1987, The Bridge of Trinquetaille, Vincent van

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In June of 1987, The Bridge of Trinquetaille, Vincent van Gogh's view of an iron ridge over the Rhone sold for \$20.2million and it was the secnd highest price ever paid for a painting at auction.

A: Rhone sold for \$20.2million and it was
B: Rhone, which sold for 20.2million, was
C: Rhone, was sold for 20.2million,
D: Rhone was sold for 20.2million, being
E: Rhone, sold for 20.2million, and was

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02 Aug 2007, 15:40
C.

You need a comma after "Rhone" because that phrase is describing The Bridge of Trinquetaille. So were down to B, C, and E. B is wrong because which incorrectly modifies Rhone. C is better than E because it is more concise.

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02 Aug 2007, 22:56
Agree w/ Briks.

Subject: The Bridge of Trinquetaille
Modifier: Van Gogh's view of a bridge over the Rhone

Modifier needs to be shown by correct placement of commas: one after Trinquetaille and one after Rhone.

Choices down to B, C, E.

C is best for reasons already mentioned.

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In June of 1987, The Bridge of Trinquetaille, Vincent van Gogh's view of an iron ridge over the Rhone sold for \$20.2million and it was the secnd highest price ever paid for a painting at auction.

A: Rhone sold for \$20.2million and it was
B: Rhone, which sold for 20.2million, was
C: Rhone, was sold for 20.2million,
D: Rhone was sold for 20.2million, being
E: Rhone, sold for 20.2million, and was

nice. i like this question. there are 2 appositives that helped me pick C.

In June of 1987, The Bridge of Trinquetaille, Vincent van Gogh's view of an iron ridge over the Rhone, was sold for 20.2million, the second highest price ever paid for a painting at auction.

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In June of 1987, The Bridge of Trinquetaille, Vincent van Gogh's view of an iron ridge over the Rhone sold for \$20.2million and it was the secnd highest price ever paid for a painting at auction.

A: Rhone sold for \$20.2million and it was
B: Rhone, which sold for 20.2million, was
C: Rhone, was sold for 20.2million,
D: Rhone was sold for 20.2million, being
E: Rhone, sold for 20.2million, and was

Yes, C is right.

A - Pronoun reference error.
B - was is incorrect. - As per the stetement, the painting is still the 2nd highest .. but The option B implies that the painting is no more the second highest ...
C - Correct
D - Passive voice..
E - same reason of B.

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03 Aug 2007, 23:38
Thx guys C is the OA.

BMWhype has perfect explanation. Same explanation my MGMAT tutor gave me today.

In June of 1987, The Bridge of Trinquetaille, Vincent van Gogh's view of an iron ridge over the Rhone sold for \$20.2million and it was the secnd highest price ever paid for a painting at auction.

A: Rhone sold for \$20.2million and it was
B: Rhone, which sold for 20.2million, was
C: Rhone, was sold for 20.2million,
D: Rhone was sold for 20.2million, being
E: Rhone, sold for 20.2million, and was

I initially went for A on this one.

I got down to A and C, I didnt really like C so I took A. however, C is correct b/c the last part is modifying 20.2million (the highest price ever paid)

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bmwhype2 wrote:
GMATBLACKBELT wrote:
In June of 1987, The Bridge of Trinquetaille, Vincent van Gogh's view of an iron ridge over the Rhone sold for \$20.2million and it was the secnd highest price ever paid for a painting at auction.

A: Rhone sold for \$20.2million and it was
B: Rhone, which sold for 20.2million, was
C: Rhone, was sold for 20.2million,
D: Rhone was sold for 20.2million, being
E: Rhone, sold for 20.2million, and was

nice. i like this question. there are 2 appositives that helped me pick C.

In June of 1987, The Bridge of Trinquetaille, Vincent van Gogh's view of an iron ridge over the Rhone, was sold for 20.2million, the second highest price ever paid for a painting at auction.

bmwhype2,

Can you please tell me the reason why you stated that there are 2 appositives in this question. I am a little bit confused between "Relative Clause" and "Appositives". Why are the 2 Appositives that you mention above not "Relative Clauses"... can you please let me know your reasoning...thanks in advance....

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13 Jun 2010, 13:52
because ‘and’ connects 2 main clauses, both clauses must stand on their own. But the first clause in A has no working verb in the first part. B is wrong because of ‘which. C is perfect because it gives a working verb, and another modifier modifies 20 M\$. D is totally wrong. E is wrong for 2 reasons. No working verb in first part. And the usage of ‘and was’ makes the sentence sound like this: ‘The Bridge of Trinquetaille was the second highest price ever paid for a painting at auction’. This makes no sense what so ever.

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13 Aug 2011, 09:28
thanks for the explanations guys

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17 May 2015, 09:48
Can you guys explain why D is wrong??

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25 Feb 2017, 23:33
the second highest price ever paid for a painting at auction.

Dear Mod what is the role of above in answer C.

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the second highest price ever paid for a painting at auction.

Dear Mod what is the role of above in answer C.

An appositive, i.e. a noun (or noun phrase) modifying another noun (or noun phrase).

Here "the second highest price ever paid for a painting at auction" is a noun phrase ("price" is the noun preceded by an adjective, "the second highest" and followed by a past participle modifier "ever paid for a painting at auction"). This noun phrase refers to the noun "\$20.2 million".

(P.S.: Do not mistake an appositive for an absolute phrase - an absolute phrase refers to a whole clause, though in form may be the same.)

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In June of 1987, The Bridge of Trinquetaille, Vincent van Gogh's view of an iron ridge over the Rhone sold for \$20.2million and it was the secnd highest price ever paid for a painting at auction.

A: Rhone sold for \$20.2million and it was

- Statement - "Vincent van Gogh's view of an iron ridge over the Rhone" is describing "The Bridge of Trinquetaille" and hence there should be a comma after Rhone. Also it does not correctly refers to the bridge.

B: Rhone, which sold for 20.2million, was

- Here Which refers to Rhone which is incorrect

C: Rhone, was sold for 20.2million,

- Correct - Comma is given after Rhone, and was sold is the correct verb form here

D: Rhone was sold for 20.2million, being

- Missing comma after a descriptive phrase and being is incorrect as well

E: Rhone, sold for 20.2million, and was

- need was sold form of the verb here.

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