Melville and Whitman

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Melville and Whitman

by DiverJ » Thu Feb 12, 2009 4:44 pm
[u]The author Herman Melville and the poet Walt Whitman are icons[/u] of American literature, greatly beloved by generations past and present.

A. The author Herman Melville and the poet Walt Whitman are icons
B. Herman Melville the author and Walt Whitman the poet are icons
C. The author named Herman Melville and the poet named Walt
Whitman are great icons
D. The author, Herman Melville, and the poet, Walt Whitman, are icons
E. Herman Melville, the author, and Walt Whitman, the poet, had been
icons

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by rahulakacyrus » Thu Feb 12, 2009 11:05 pm
C & E are out...C is too wordy, E changes the tense of the sentence.

IMO:B because we talk about people, so the subject should be the names of author and poet.
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by umaa » Thu Feb 12, 2009 11:37 pm
I accept Rahul's explanations of C and E. But I choose A rather B.

B might be like "Herman Melville, the author, and Walt Whitman, the poet, are icons"

D - Name should the primary info here. It shouldn't go as a secondary.

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by raunekk » Fri Feb 13, 2009 3:41 am
i will go with D..

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by rahulakacyrus » Fri Feb 13, 2009 4:05 am
OA please...
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by vertigo05 » Fri Feb 13, 2009 7:57 am
"A"

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by arjunn7 » Fri Feb 13, 2009 9:10 am
IMO B..

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by jeevan.Gk » Fri Feb 13, 2009 9:31 am
I am with A.

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by DiverJ » Fri Feb 13, 2009 1:01 pm
OA: A

The original sentence is correct. The modifiers “Herman Melville” and “Walt Whitman” are restrictive – they are necessary to restrict the scope of the words “author” and “poet” respectively – and hence the use of comma pairs to set off the modifiers is not appropriate here. In addition, the context of the sentence implies that the men continue to be icons of American literature since they are beloved by generations both past and present; hence the use of the present tense “are” is appropriate.

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by rahulakacyrus » Fri Feb 13, 2009 1:17 pm
I think I get it.

Consider:
Christopher the poet is considered as....is wrong

The Poet Christopher is considered as...is right.

What do you say guys..is the logic here correct?
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by DiverJ » Fri Feb 13, 2009 1:42 pm
Yes.

The poet Christopher

or

Christopher, the poet,

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by rahulakacyrus » Fri Feb 13, 2009 2:05 pm
Thanks DriverJ...This post is yet another learning milestone for me!
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by x2suresh » Fri Feb 13, 2009 2:16 pm
DiverJ wrote:OA: A

The original sentence is correct. The modifiers “Herman Melville” and “Walt Whitman” are restrictive – they are necessary to restrict the scope of the words “author” and “poet” respectively – and hence the use of comma pairs to set off the modifiers is not appropriate here. In addition, the context of the sentence implies that the men continue to be icons of American literature since they are beloved by generations both past and present; hence the use of the present tense “are” is appropriate.
What' wrong with B.

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by rahulakacyrus » Fri Feb 13, 2009 2:25 pm
As DiverJ said,

"The Poet X" or "X, the poet," is the correct usage.
That is why B is wrong.
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by arjunn7 » Sat Feb 14, 2009 11:58 pm
@ rahulakacyrus

Dude.. be careful about " consider as " .. its not correct what you used in one of the messages..

"regard as" = consider
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