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Selling several hundred thousand copies in six months, the

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(E)

1. Active
2. No ambiguous modifiers
3. Correct use of colon
4. Most concise

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New post 27 Jan 2006, 15:48
A/C. Even though it is passive, OA please ?

Go with C.

The usage of colon is only correct in C IMHO.

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New post 27 Jan 2006, 16:16
It's E

All other solutions have errors:
(A) parallelism (was, helping)
(B) "they" refers to whom?
(C) definitely unclear
(D) it seems that the composer was published in 1988

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(A) Selling several hundred thousand copies in six months, the publication of “Maple Leaf Ragâ€

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New post 27 Jan 2006, 22:56
And the OA is E!

Good work everyone! Thanks for the nice explanation Vivek!
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New post 27 Jan 2006, 23:17
I was actually unsure of the usage of a colon..but here is what I found

Semicolons are normally used, but the colon adds emphasis, especially if the first clause leads into the second clause or has a parallel construction

So the use of a colon here adds emphasis that "Maple Leaf Rag" helped established Joplin; in addition, the sentences are || that is why E is the best answer
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