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Part or all of the following sentence is underlined; beneath the sentence are five ways of phrasing the underlined material. Select the option that produces the best sentence. If you think the original phrasing produces a better sentence than any of the alternatives, select choice A.  

Combining both figurative and abstract elements in his paintings, such painters as Franz Kline and Richard Diebenkorn were greatly influenced by American artist Willem de Kooning, a key figure in the post-war Abstract Expressionist movement.

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Choice (C) is correct.  It avoids the modification error of the original by placing the subject of the sentence, “American artist Willem de Kooning” directly after the modifying phrase “Combining both figurative and abstract elements in his paintings.”

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