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

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08 Nov 2011, 06:57
In my Opinion,
Also, 'disdain for' makes right sense in the larger context of the sentence in my opinion.

Could someone care to elaborate on the right answer and Why B is not correct ?
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13 Nov 2011, 17:48
How do you know the two parts are contrasting each other? This questions seems harder than 600-700 in my opinion.
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13 Nov 2011, 17:59
After eliminate C, D, and E do, between A and B. I do not know why (B) wrong?
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13 Nov 2011, 18:05
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After eliminate C, D, and E do, between A and B. I do not know why (B) wrong?

From previous posts, people say that the first part does not modify Auden. If the first part is just "such activities" then I agree, but wouldn't it be correct when Auden modifies "Having always professed disdain for such activities"?
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13 Nov 2011, 19:19
This explanation from instructor from BTG, although I am not convinced totally because after 'for' is not clause, that stuff is phrase, and it should modify the following clause. This question looks very weird for me.

http://www.beatthegmat.com/auden-t44029.html

Btw, can anyone give me example about "for" express contrast meaning?
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13 Nov 2011, 22:36
+1 for A.

The intent of the sentence is to show that though Auden had disdain for gossip, he himself was a gossip(er) himself.

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08 Nov 2012, 06:55
I went for A as well.
I would appreciate an expert opinion on this one though. It looks an outdated GMAT question.
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15 Oct 2013, 06:50
(A) For all his professed disdain of such activities. Correct. The comparison is right.
(B) Having always professed disdain for such activities. Incorrect. Having at the start of the sentence is wrong.
(C) All such activities were, he professed, disdained, and. Incorrect. Too wordy and awkward. Also, 'and' is not required.
(D) Professing that all such activities were disdained. Incorrect. Does not create the right comparison. Also, no referent for 'such'.
(E) In spite of professions of disdaining all such activities. Incorrect. Professions is not the same as professed.
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15 Oct 2013, 06:54
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In my Opinion,
Also, 'disdain for' makes right sense in the larger context of the sentence in my opinion.

Could someone care to elaborate on the right answer and Why B is not correct ?

I think B is wrong because there is no referent for 'such' in the first half of the sentence.

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25 Nov 2013, 18:44
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

GOOD ONE;
I tried to scroll the pages of idiom list but unable to recover any idiom such as 'Disdain of'. The sentence needs to clear first.In first condition- Its conjunction clause were the subordinate clause is placed before the main clause. The original sentence- Auden was an inveterate literary gossip Because of/ For all his professed disdain of such activities. In second condition- the first clause seems to be fragment as such activities are not described . which activities are the sentence is referring to? ; who is performing that activities? where are such activities are performed ? So you have to follow the rules of fragment .

Again one thing Auden can be subject of gossip/ Auden was having the habit of gossip not sure what the author was up to. So i haven't put the answer, since do not understand the sentence in terms of intended meaning.

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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

It is easier to tackle this question once we understand the meaning. The statement conveys the stark contrast that even though Auden now professes disdain for a particular activity(literary gossip), he was someone who used to be actively involved in the same habit at some time in the conceivable past.

Only the first statement brings out this meaning clearly.
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I found something from a Veritas Prep instructor that I think might shed a lot of light on this problem.

I think the key here is *not* the idiomatic distinction ("disdain of" vs. "disdain for"), but rather the logical flow of the sentence meaning-wise. If you say "for all his professed disdain," the "for all" means "in spite of," as in "For all her faults, I love her still." So that works out quite well logically, because then the sentence can mean that even though he claimed to disdain literary gossip, he actually engaged in it.

In contrast, if you were to say "Having always professed disdain...", you'd want the thing that followed to be something you'd EXPECT from someone who professed disdain, like "Having always professed disdain for such activities, Auden stayed entirely clear of any form of literary gossip." The "having always professed..." doesn't prepare us for the sentence to take a turn into an actuality that's opposed to what Auden pretends. If (B) were to say "Despite having always professed disdain for such activities," I think it'd be just as good an answer choice as (A).

http://www.beatthegmat.com/disdain-of-disdain-for-t83790.html
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