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# Hubert Humphrey's attempt in his campaign to dissociate

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Hubert Humphrey's attempt in his campaign to dissociate himself from the Johnson foreign policies was built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.

a. himself from the Johnson foreign policies was built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.
b. him from the Johnson foreign policies were built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.
c. him from the Johnson foreign policies was built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.
d. himself from the Johnson foreign policies were built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.
e. him from the Johnson foreign policies was built around emphasizing the Senate career of the candidate.

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07 Jul 2008, 18:02
Ashwin_Mohan wrote:
Hubert Humphrey's attempt in his campaign to dissociate himself from the Johnson foreign policies was built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.

a. himself from the Johnson foreign policies was built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.
b. him from the Johnson foreign policies were built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.
c. him from the Johnson foreign policies was built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.
d. himself from the Johnson foreign policies were built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.
e. him from the Johnson foreign policies was built around emphasizing the Senate career of the candidate.

1. "him" can not refer to "Hubert Humphrey's", so I rule out B, C and E
2. D wrong because "attempt...were"
3. A for me.
4. Wait to see others explain something about rule of "himself"
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07 Jul 2008, 20:22
Ashwin_Mohan wrote:
Hubert Humphrey's attempt in his campaign to dissociate himself from the Johnson foreign policies was built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.

a. himself from the Johnson foreign policies was built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.
b. him from the Johnson foreign policies were built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.
c. him from the Johnson foreign policies was built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.
d. himself from the Johnson foreign policies were built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.
e. him from the Johnson foreign policies was built around emphasizing the Senate career of the candidate.

B,D are ouot Sub-verb agreement
c,E are out him should be himself.

A reflexive pronoun refers back to the subject of a sentence. himself is correct usage here.
also him(Object pronoun) Cannot refer back to possessive Noun.
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07 Jul 2008, 20:52
Hubert Humphrey's attempt in his campaign to dissociate himself from the Johnson foreign policies was built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.

a. himself from the Johnson foreign policies was built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.
b. him from the Johnson foreign policies were built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.
c. him from the Johnson foreign policies was built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.
d. himself from the Johnson foreign policies were built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.
e. him from the Johnson foreign policies was built around emphasizing the Senate career of the candidate.

(B),(C) and (E) are eliminated since him here is not the correct usage as per the given context.

between (A) and (D) i go for (A) since attemp should be followed by "was" and not "were"
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08 Jul 2008, 10:21
Ashwin_Mohan wrote:
Hubert Humphrey's attempt in his campaign to dissociate himself from the Johnson foreign policies was built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.

a. himself from the Johnson foreign policies was built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.
b. him from the Johnson foreign policies were built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.
c. him from the Johnson foreign policies was built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.
d. himself from the Johnson foreign policies were built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.
e. him from the Johnson foreign policies was built around emphasizing the Senate career of the candidate.

This SC is testing use of refexive and possessive pronouns.
We need a reflexive pronoun " himself" to associate the action "dissociate" with the subject.
=>him - B,C,E ->OUT

attempt - was
were -C->out

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