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Dear All,

Thelonious Monk, who was a jazz pianist and composer, produced a body of work both rooted in the stride-piano tradition of Willie (The Lion) Smith and Duke Ellington, yet in many ways he stood apart from the mainstream jazz repertory.

A. Thelonious Monk, who was a jazz pianist and composer, produced a body of work
both rooted
B. Thelonious Monk, the jazz pianist and composer, produced a body of work that was
rooted both
C. Jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk, who produced a body of work rooted
D. Jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk produced a body of work that was rooted
E. Jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk produced a body of work rooted both

I debated over A & E and finally chose E as answer choice - any thoughts?

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23 Sep 2007, 09:48
Hi Verbal Gurus,

Here's the second one.....

There are no legal limits, as there are for cod and haddock, on the size of monkfish that can be caught, a circumstance that contributes to their depletion through overfishing.

A. There are no legal limits, as there are for cod and haddock, on the size of monkfish
that can be caught, a circumstance that contributes to their depletion through overfishing.
B. There are no legal limits on the size of monkfish that can be caught, unlike cod or haddock, a circumstance that contributes to depleting them because they are being overfished.
C. There are legal limits on the size of cod and haddock that can be caught, but not for monkfish, which contributes to its depletion through overfishing.
D. Unlike cod and haddock, there are no legal size limits on catching monkfish, which contributes to its depletion by being overfished.
E. Unlike catching cod and haddock, there are no legal size limits on catching monkfish, contributing to their depletion because they are overfished.

I picked E, seems flawed!!! Please explain!
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23 Sep 2007, 09:54
Hey guys come on help me out here!

Here goes 3rd one....

Heirloom tomatoes, grown from seeds saved from the previous year, only look less appetizing than their round and red supermarket cousins, often green and striped, or have plenty of bumps and bruises, but are more flavorful.

A. cousins, often green and striped, or have plenty of bumps and bruises, but are
B. cousins, often green and striped, or with plenty of bumps and bruises, although
C. cousins, often green and striped, or they have plenty of bumps and bruises, although they are
D. cousins; they are often green and striped, or with plenty of bumps and bruises, although
E. cousins; they are often green and striped, or have plenty of bumps and bruises, but they are

I picked A, which is wrong....i suck at SC
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23 Sep 2007, 10:03
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singh_amit19 wrote:
Hi Verbal Gurus,

Here's the second one.....

There are no legal limits, as there are for cod and haddock, on the size of monkfish that can be caught, a circumstance that contributes to their depletion through overfishing.

A. There are no legal limits, as there are for cod and haddock, on the size of monkfish
that can be caught, a circumstance that contributes to their depletion through overfishing. more clear then C
B. There are no legal limits on the size of monkfish that can be caught, unlike cod or haddock, a circumstance that contributes to depleting them because they are being overfished. after cod or haddock must be a verb.
C. There are legal limits on the size of cod and haddock that can be caught, but not for monkfish, which contributes to its depletion through overfishing.
D. Unlike cod and haddock, there are no legal size limits on catching monkfish, which contributes to its depletion by being overfished.After comma must be monkish.
E. Unlike catching cod and haddock, there are no legal size limits on catching monkfish, contributing to their depletion because they are overfished. After comma must be monkish.

I picked E, seems flawed!!! Please explain!

A for me.

BINGO!!!...........while posting answer choices please explain why you picked it! (Just for my understanding - since, i am not as brainy as u guys are!)
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23 Sep 2007, 10:09
When drive-ins were at the height of their popularity in the late 1950’s, some 4,000 existed in the United States, but today there are less than one-quarter that many.

A. there are less than one-quarter that many
B. there are fewer than one-quarter as many
C. there are fewer than one-quarter of that amount
D. the number is less than one-quarter the amount
E. it is less than one-quarter of that amount

I picked B - "fewer" & "many" for countable........any thoughts?
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23 Sep 2007, 10:30
singh_amit19 wrote:
Hey guys come on help me out here!

Here goes 3rd one....

Heirloom tomatoes, grown from seeds saved from the previous year, only look less appetizing than their round and red supermarket cousins, often green and striped, or have plenty of bumps and bruises, but are more flavorful.

A. cousins, often green and striped, or have plenty of bumps and bruises, but are
B. cousins, often green and striped, or with plenty of bumps and bruises, although
C. cousins, often green and striped, or they have plenty of bumps and bruises, although they are
D. cousins; they are often green and striped, or with plenty of bumps and bruises, although
E. cousins; they are often green and striped, or have plenty of bumps and bruises, but they are

I picked A, which is wrong....i suck at SC

I think it's E. I first also picked A, but then I got the sence
in A,B,C "often green and striped" modifies "red supermarket cousins" => does not make sence
betwenn D and E, E for parallelism

Please, post your questions in separate posts, because it is difficult to trace people's answers to different questions!!!
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23 Sep 2007, 10:52
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Thelonious Monk, who was a jazz pianist and composer, produced a body of work both rooted in the stride-piano tradition of Willie (The Lion) Smith and Duke Ellington, yet in many ways he stood apart from the mainstream jazz repertory.

A. Thelonious Monk, who was a jazz pianist and composer, produced a body of work
both rooted
B. Thelonious Monk, the jazz pianist and composer, produced a body of work that was
rooted both
C. Jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk, who produced a body of work rooted
D. Jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk produced a body of work that was rooted
E. Jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk produced a body of work rooted both

I believe the answer is D.

Any option containing the word 'both' is incorrect because its brings up parallelism problems. If you want to correct the sentence using 'both', it should read 'rooted both in the stride-piano tradition of Willie (The Lion) Smith and in that of Duke Ellington'.

In the options, 'both' refers to 'the stride piano tradition', and not to Willie Smith or Duke Ellington himself.

So, A, B, and E are out.

C is incorrect because it incorrectly uses the 'comma + who', making the rest of the sentence a modifier, which it is not.

The only remaining option is D.
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23 Sep 2007, 16:39
It would help if you have would post each question in a separate thread.
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23 Sep 2007, 16:50
Agree with Cruiser Kindly post one question per thread
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23 Sep 2007, 20:33
singh_amit19 wrote:
Dear All,

Thelonious Monk, who was a jazz pianist and composer, produced a body of work both rooted in the stride-piano tradition of Willie (The Lion) Smith and Duke Ellington, yet in many ways he stood apart from the mainstream jazz repertory.

A. Thelonious Monk, who was a jazz pianist and composer, produced a body of work
both rooted
B. Thelonious Monk, the jazz pianist and composer, produced a body of work that was
rooted both
C. Jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk, who produced a body of work rooted
D. Jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk produced a body of work that was rooted
E. Jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk produced a body of work rooted both

I debated over A & E and finally chose E as answer choice - any thoughts?

I chose E for brevity, but what is wrong with B?? It correctly uses the idiom both X and Y. I dont see any modifier errors. Only thing E has on it that I see is that E is shorter.
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23 Sep 2007, 22:53
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Thelonious Monk, who was a jazz pianist and composer, produced a body of work both rooted in the stride-piano tradition of Willie (The Lion) Smith and Duke Ellington, yet in many ways he stood apart from the mainstream jazz repertory.

A. Thelonious Monk, who was a jazz pianist and composer, produced a body of work
both rooted
B. Thelonious Monk, the jazz pianist and composer, produced a body of work that was
rooted both
C. Jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk, who produced a body of work rooted
D. Jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk produced a body of work that was rooted
E. Jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk produced a body of work rooted both

I believe the answer is D.

Any option containing the word 'both' is incorrect because its brings up parallelism problems. If you want to correct the sentence using 'both', it should read 'rooted both in the stride-piano tradition of Willie (The Lion) Smith and in that of Duke Ellington'.

In the options, 'both' refers to 'the stride piano tradition', and not to Willie Smith or Duke Ellington himself.

So, A, B, and E are out.

C is incorrect because it incorrectly uses the 'comma + who', making the rest of the sentence a modifier, which it is not.

The only remaining option is D.

BINGO!!! you are a GENIUS....
23 Sep 2007, 22:53
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