197. Camus broke with Sartre in a bitter dispute over the nature of Stalinism.
(A) in a bitter dispute over
(B) over bitterly disputing
(C) after there was a bitter dispute over
(D) after having bitterly disputed about
(E) over a bitter dispute about
The actual meaning of the question is that Camus and Sartre bitterly disputed over the nature of stalinism and then broke apart. To rephrase - Campus broke with Sartre after a bitter dispute over the nature of stalinism. This must have been the perfect answer, clear, concise, expressive, all parts of speech in perfect sync. None of the options give us this correct sentence. So, we are bound to looking at optimum answer -
b - we don't need a present participle in the sentence. present participles best suite progressive style verbs either in past or present. Broke instead is indicative of simple past. Happenned, we don't know when exactly, and we don't bother either.
c - option starts with the optimum preposition after, that we were looking for, that perfectly connects the dispute as the reason for breaking apart. The tense is maintained too, 'broke' and 'there was a' clearly indicative of simple past and a past perfect. Still, option gets wordy and longer.
d - having is unnecessary, also disputed about is the wrong idiom.
e - 'dispute about' is obviously the wrong idiom. There is always a dispute over something. About actually makes no sense for a dispute.
So, we are left with the option A - which is pretty close to the correct answer that we had guessed before analyzing the answer options at all. The OA may not be the best answer, it just remains when all other options and alternatives fade out and are eliminated!!!!
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