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Rumored, and believed by most, to have committed suicide on stage, folk musician Sixto Rodriguez, a legend to his fans in South Africa, was actually working construction jobs in Detroit, unaware that his music had influenced so many.

(A) Rumored, and believed by most, to have committed suicide on stage, folk musician Sixto Rodriguez, a legend to his fans in South Africa, was actually working construction jobs in Detroit, unaware that his music had influenced so many.

(B) Rumored and believed by most to have committed suicide on stage, folk musician Sixto Rodriguez actually worked construction jobs in Detroit; a legend to his fans in South Africa was unaware that his music had influenced so many.

(C) Rumored, and believed by most, that he committed suicide on stage, folk musician Sixto Rodriguez, a legend to his fans in South Africa, was actually working construction jobs in Detroit, where he was unaware that his music had influenced so many.

(D) Rumored and believed by most to have committed suicide on stage, folk musician Sixto Rodriguez is a legend to his fans in South Africa; he was actually working construction jobs in Detroit, unaware that his music had influenced so many.

(E) While he was rumored, and believed by most, to have committed suicide on stage, Sixto Rodriguez was actually working construction jobs in Detroit, unaware that his music had influenced so many.
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I picked B but A is the best.

A. Rumored, and believed by most, to have committed suicide on stage, folk musician Sixto Rodriguez, a legend to his fans in South Africa, was actually working construction jobs in Detroit, unaware that his music had influenced so many.
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B. Rumored and believed by most to have committed suicide on stage, folk musician Sixto Rodriguez actually worked construction jobs in Detroit; a legend to his fans in South Africa was unaware that his music had influenced so many.
"A legend to his fans in South Africa" is only a modifier, do not consider it a subject for the second sentence.

C. Rumored, and believed by most, that he committed suicide on stage, folk musician Sixto Rodriguez, a legend to his fans in South Africa, was actually working construction jobs in Detroit, where he was unaware that his music had influenced so many.
"where he was unaware" is not correct

D. Rumored and believed by most to have committed suicide on stage, folk musician Sixto Rodriguez is a legend to his fans in South Africa; he was actually working construction jobs in Detroit, unaware that his music had influenced so many.
Not intended meaning that author wants to convey. The author wants to compare "suicide" vs "was actually working".


E. While he was rumored, and believed by most, to have committed suicide on stage, Sixto Rodriguez was actually working construction jobs in Detroit, unaware that his music had influenced so many.
Passive voice is not necessary.
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Rumored, and believed by most, to have committed suicide on stage, folk musician Sixto Rodriguez, a legend to his fans in South Africa, was actually working construction jobs in Detroit, unaware that his music had influenced so many.

A. Rumored, and believed by most, to have committed suicide on stage, folk musician Sixto Rodriguez, a legend to his fans in South Africa, was actually working construction jobs in Detroit, unaware that his music had influenced so many.

B. Rumored and believed by most to have committed suicide on stage, folk musician Sixto Rodriguez actually worked construction jobs in Detroit; a legend to his fans in South Africa was unaware that his music had influenced so many.

C. Rumored, and believed by most, that he committed suicide on stage, folk musician Sixto Rodriguez, a legend to his fans in South Africa, was actually working construction jobs in Detroit, where he was unaware that his music had influenced so many.

D. Rumored and believed by most to have committed suicide on stage, folk musician Sixto Rodriguez is a legend to his fans in South Africa; he was actually working construction jobs in Detroit, unaware that his music had influenced so many.

E. While he was rumored, and believed by most, to have committed suicide on stage, Sixto Rodriguez was actually working construction jobs in Detroit, unaware that his music had influenced so many.


Vertical Split.
E is incorrect because of While.
C --> incorrect use of commas. It is both rumored and believed.
D --> contrast author wants to point out s missing.
B --> Modifier error. legend to his fans is not modifying Sixto
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A.

Explanation:
Answer choice B is guilty of a reference error, as the phrase after the semicolon “a legend to his fans…” does not specific whether Rodriguez or some other person was that legend.

Answer choice C is wrong because the phrase “Rumored that he committed…” is not a proper modifier for the subject “Sixto Rodriguez.”

Answer choice D illogically uses the past tense verb “was” after the semicolon.

And answer choice E illogically modifies Rodruigez’ work by saying it happened “while he was rumored to have committed suicide”.
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Options A and D are confusing


D can be eliminated as follows : when ever we connect 2 independent clauses by a semicolon then those IC must have some connect .plz note that here the name Independent clause is more of a misnomer .the only logic of calling them independent is that those 2 clauses must have sub and a verb and independent meaning but in gmat SC , i have observed , that semicolon connects 2 IC which have some connect between them .this connection is missing in D .
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Answer choice D illogically uses the past tense verb “was” after the semicolon;

Is this an official version? In that case, what tense should be used in the place of the simple past-was? The modifier part contains a past perfect namely, had influenced
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guys can someone elaborate on whats wrong with the usage of 'while' in option E?
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guys can someone elaborate on whats wrong with the usage of 'while' in option E?


IMO the use of while in answer choice E is incorrect because it's being used a coordinating conjunction. While is typically used as a noun meaning a period on time, such as "I will not return for a while" or as coordinating conjunction such as "While Mary makes breakfast, Bob reads the newspaper." Answer E uses the conjunction form but, the usage is only acceptable if its not ambiguous.

When you rearrange the sentence to say "Sixto Rodriguez was actually working construction jobs in Detroit While he was rumored, .... , to have committed suicide on stage," its a bit ambiguous and implies that that the suicide was continuous, which doesn't make sense.
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A.

Explanation:
Answer choice B is guilty of a reference error, as the phrase after the semicolon “a legend to his fans…” does not specific whether Rodriguez or some other person was that legend.

Answer choice C is wrong because the phrase “Rumored that he committed…” is not a proper modifier for the subject “Sixto Rodriguez.”

Answer choice D illogically uses the past tense verb “was” after the semicolon.

And answer choice E illogically modifies Rodruigez’ work by saying it happened “while he was rumored to have committed suicide”.


Is there a reason why A is correct though?
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thelosthippie wrote:
Official answer:

A.

Explanation:
Answer choice B is guilty of a reference error, as the phrase after the semicolon “a legend to his fans…” does not specific whether Rodriguez or some other person was that legend.

Answer choice C is wrong because the phrase “Rumored that he committed…” is not a proper modifier for the subject “Sixto Rodriguez.”

Answer choice D illogically uses the past tense verb “was” after the semicolon.

And answer choice E illogically modifies Rodruigez’ work by saying it happened “while he was rumored to have committed suicide”.


Is there a reason why A is correct though?


Striking out the parenthetical elements (non-essential information between the commas), we have

Rumored, and believed by most, to have committed suicide on stage, folk musician Sixto Rodriguez, a legend to his fans in South Africa, was actually working construction jobs in Detroit, unaware that his music had influenced so many.

which is clear with no SV, pronoun or tense errors.
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Rumored, and believed by most, to have committed suicide on stage, folk musician Sixto Rodriguez, a legend to his fans in South Africa, was actually working construction jobs in Detroit, unaware that his music had influenced so many.

A. Rumored, and believed by most, to have committed suicide on stage, folk musician Sixto Rodriguez, a legend to his fans in South Africa, was actually working construction jobs in Detroit, unaware that his music had influenced so many. - Correct

B. Rumored and believed by most to have committed suicide on stage, folk musician Sixto Rodriguez actually worked construction jobs in Detroit; a legend to his fans in South Africa was unaware that his music had influenced so many. - wrong reference for subject

C. Rumored, and believed by most, that he committed suicide on stage, folk musician Sixto Rodriguez, a legend to his fans in South Africa, was actually working construction jobs in Detroit, where he was unaware that his music had influenced so many. - Use of that is wrong, where he was unaware is also wrong

D. Rumored and believed by most to have committed suicide on stage, folk musician Sixto Rodriguez is a legend to his fans in South Africa; he was actually working construction jobs in Detroit, unaware that his music had influenced so many. - Verb tense error

E. While he was rumored, and believed by most, to have committed suicide on stage, Sixto Rodriguez was actually working construction jobs in Detroit, unaware that his music influenced so many. - he was rumored is incorrect
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A or D .. I guess D is the correct one ?


A is correct.

A. The modifier "Rumored to have committed suicide on stage" correctly modifies "folk musician Sixto Rodriguez". Another additional information, "and believed by most" (separated by comas) has been inserted within this modifier.

D. The modifier implies that "folk Musician Sixto Rodrigues" is both " rumoured" and " believed by most to have committed suicide on stage". The participle "rumored" does not refer to "to have committed suicide on stage", but erroneously refers directly to "folk Musician Sixto Rodrigues".
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The sentence has descriptive portions which have to be place between two commas. These are the insertible/removable phrase which when inserted does not add any value to the sentence and when removed does not affect the sentence in anyways. The two phrases are "to have...on stage" and "a legend...South Africa." Hence these have to be placed between two commas. They have been placed rightly only in one answer choice that is "A."
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This looks to be a wonderful question - Needs a lot of thinking.

Here are my reasons for eliminating the other options.

A - OA

B - A semi colon is generally used if the second part of the sentence is an explanation to the first part of the sentence. Such a meaning is not established in this sentence. Hence this can be eliminated.

C - The usage of "where" in this sentence restricts the scope of the city and the sentence. Hence this can be eliminated.

D - Same as Option B - The usage of the semi colon is inappropriate.

E - "While" is generally used when you need to talk about two actions that are simultaneous to each other. This sentence doesn't establish the meaning. Hence eliminated.

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