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In June of 1987, The Bridge of Trinquetaille, Vincent van Gogh's view

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

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



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

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

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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.

Hence, answer is C
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In a and e, 'sold' is a past participle and not a verb, correct? Any tips on how do we check whether its a main verb or not? Thanks!
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In a and e, 'sold' is a past participle and not a verb, correct? Any tips on how do we check whether its a main verb or not? Thanks!

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