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# For all his professed disdain of such activities, Auden was

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For all his professed disdain of such activities, Auden was an inveterate literary gossip.

(A) For all his professed disdain of such activities
(B) Having always professed disdain for such activities
(C) All such activities were, he professed, disdained, and
(D) Professing that all such activities were disdained
(E) In spite of professions of disdaining all such activities
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07 Aug 2004, 03:55
Normally a participal phrase i.e one beginning with a verb ending in -ing modifies the first noun that follows it. Hence the correct answer is B

"Having always professed disdain for such activities" is a paticipal phrase which correctly modifies the noun Auden.
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07 Aug 2004, 06:48
A seems to be right. I checked for the usage of "professed disdain of" and "professed disdain for". I see that the usage of 'of' seems to be more archiac, but it seems to be right as per grammar.

Now can some one tell me which form usage is better in GMAT.

Only this answer would make determine my choice of A or B.
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09 Aug 2004, 00:34
syamee_u wrote:
A is my choice.

OA is A
syamee_u can u explain why you chose A over B
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09 Aug 2004, 10:54
srijay007 wrote:
For all his professed disdain of such activities, Auden was an inveterate literary gossip.

What the sentence attempts to express is " even though he hated gossip, he was a literary gossip" If you think this way then B and D lose all their shine. Only A remains.

Though, E attempts to express this meaining in a wordy, non-gmat style..so it is out.

my 2 cents....
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09 Aug 2004, 10:59
'professed of' seems to be the right idiom. Between 'professed of' and 'professed for', 'professed of' is definetely preffered.

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09 Aug 2004, 14:22
afife76, kris
Thanks for ur explanation both of you are correct
I did some investigation on internet ... looks like professed of is the correct idiom
09 Aug 2004, 14:22
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