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# Thelonious Monk, who was a jazz pianist and composer,

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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

[Reveal] Spoiler:
D

In the option C, D and E the text "Jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk". My question is dont we need a comma after "commposer" to indicate that "Thelonious Monk" was a jazz pianist and composer.
Ex : Jazz pianist and composer, Thelonious Monk.

To me it looked like there were two persons one a Jazz painist and another composer Thelonious Monk who produced the work.

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02 Oct 2009, 09:31
Can some one explain me why the asnwer is not B?
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05 Jul 2010, 14:31
If we look at options closely, then 3 options (A,B & E) try to use the construction both X and Y. Clause X and Clause Y should be parallel in order to use such usage.
In B, X denotes "stride-piano tradition of Willie (The Lion) Smith" & Y denotes "Duke Ellington". As both are not parallel, thus the idiom discussed will not be used at all in the sentence.

C even does not construct a proper sentence as it uses modifier "who"
Only D is the option that eliminates the idiomatic usage as discussed.

Hope I am able clear your doubt.

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05 Jul 2010, 14:39
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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

[Reveal] Spoiler:
D

In the option C, D and E the text "Jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk". My question is dont we need a comma after "commposer" to indicate that "Thelonious Monk" was a jazz pianist and composer.
Ex : Jazz pianist and composer, Thelonious Monk.

To me it looked like there were two persons one a Jazz painist and another composer Thelonious Monk who produced the work.

Here's a nice explanation i found:

Use a comma after an introductory word, phrase, or clause.

Ex. A, introductory word:

Therefore, we need to move ahead to find peace.

Explanation: The comma emphasizes the word therefore by forcing readers to pause slightly after it.

Exception: Unless you want to emphasize that opening word (or it is a noun of direct address), do not use a comma.

Therefore you should not despair.

Explanation: A pause here would break up the short sentence and is unnecessary for emphasis.

However: Always put a comma after a noun of direct address that begins a sentence.

Celia, you can cast your move over there.

Ex. B, introductory phrase:

Finding no reason to stay home, Clara went to the nearest restaurant for dinner.

Ex. C, introductory clause:

Because Sharon and David Wessels were concerned about school loans, they decided to bank their money for the future.

Explanation: The comma sets off the introductory dependent clause that serves to describe they. As you will notice from your reading and writing, when a clause begins with a subordinate conjunction, it nearly always is followed by a comma.

Ex. D, noun of direct address:

Kevin, don't forget to be here on November 22.

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05 Jul 2010, 15:15
kylexy wrote:
Can some one explain me why the asnwer is not B?

there's issue with the word "both." I too initially read this as both X and Y where X and Y are parallel structure...

or at least I was trying to find an answer that fits this construction: rooted BOTH in stride-piano tradition of X and in THAT of Y"... but obviously I couldn't find one such construction as there's no underline in the latter part of the sentence... so the only logical choice is to elminate this word "both"
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05 Jul 2010, 22:33
kylexy wrote:
Can some one explain me why the asnwer is not B?

there's issue with the word "both." I too initially read this as both X and Y where X and Y are parallel structure...

or at least I was trying to find an answer that fits this construction: rooted BOTH in stride-piano tradition of X and in THAT of Y"... but obviously I couldn't find one such construction as there's no underline in the latter part of the sentence... so the only logical choice is to elminate this word "both"

i did the same , left with none other than D!

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31 Jul 2010, 03:46
Fell for B ..did not read properly .........there are no 2 actions ....only 1 and so both is meaningless

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02 Aug 2010, 08:44
I also did not read properly and fell for B....

A, B and E are wrong because the sentences are using "both" with X and Y not parallel.
C is wrong because it is missing verb...

Jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk, who (non-restrictive clause)...., yet........

D it is.

Also for C, D and E the below explanation might help

Quote:
if you preface someone's name with a noun describing their occupation (or other word describing what that person does), WITHOUT AN ARTICLE OR WITH THE DEFINITE ARTICLE "THE", you DO NOT use a comma.

if there's an article, you DO use a comma.

if it's an adjective, you DO use a comma.

example:
Jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk ... --> correct
A jazz pianist and composer, Thelonious Monk ... --> correct
Creative and original, Thelonious Monk ... --> correct

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

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