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# The man was always aware, sometimes proudly and sometimes

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The man was always aware, sometimes proudly and sometimes resentfully, that he was a small-town Midwesterner <<who was thrust into a world that was dominated by wealthier, better-educated, and more polished people than him>>
(A) who was thrust into a world that was dominated by wealthier, better-educated, and more polished people than him
(B) who had been thrust into a world that was dominated by more wealthy, educated, and polished people than him
(C) who had been thrust into a world dominated by wealthier, better-educated, and people more polished than he was
(D) thrust into a world dominated by more wealthy, educated, and polished people than him
(E) thrust into a world dominated by wealthier, better-educated, and more polished people than he
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07 Sep 2004, 00:10
D?

1. "dominated by... him". So, C and E goes off.
2. Prefer D (Crisp) to was-was A/B.
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07 Sep 2004, 02:34
It should be C.

"wealthier", "better educated" are correct. "than he was" is better than "than him"
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07 Sep 2004, 05:00
it now seems E to me as who refers to Modwesterner rather than man.
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07 Sep 2004, 08:59
It can't be C. What are the adjectives wealthier and better-educated qualifying? They can't seem to qualify people because of the use of and.

Compare with a simplified form:

...dominated by wealthier and people more polished than...

Doesn't work!

E is the best answer. In colloquial terms, we normally use "John is better than him." In formal/written language, the correct use should be "John is better than he." Reason? John is a subject -- by using him, you're now comparing a subject and an object. Puzzled? Look it up in your favourite dictionary/grammar book!

BTW, it can't be D. No such set of words as "more wealthy." It's wealthier.
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07 Sep 2004, 13:15
'Him' is a wrong usage so we corner down to C and E

B/w C and E, E bring all the 3 items, wealth, educated, and polished into comparison, while C bring only the last item polished into comparison.

my choice is E
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07 Sep 2004, 13:33
saurya_s wrote:
How about if we make C as more polished people instead of people more polished?
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That will work; than he and than he was will be equivalent.
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07 Sep 2004, 17:06
Has to be E. "was" at the end is just ellipsed and does not affect the understanding of the sentence. Past participle for "thrust" does the same job as past perfect yet in a more concise way. C clearly lacks parallelism
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18 Sep 2004, 23:57
bigtooth81 wrote:

OA is E
18 Sep 2004, 23:57
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