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Those who listened to the first speech of the new Soviet leader were struck by its direct, less polemical tone than was common in speeches by Soviet leaders during the previous 18 years.

(A) its direct, less polemical tone than was common
(B) its direct tone, less polemical than was common
(C) its direct, less polemical tone than had been common
(D) the direct tone, less polemical than it had commonly been
(E) the direct tone, less polemical than it commonly was
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Re: SC - speech of the new Soviet leader [#permalink] New post 17 Jan 2008, 06:26
IMO: A

Eliminate B,D,E because "direct" AND "less polemical" describe the tone.
Eliminate C because it is wordy.

Do you know the answer?

edit: Actually, when I re-read it... I think A is wrong. Perhaps C.

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Re: SC - speech of the new Soviet leader [#permalink] New post 17 Jan 2008, 06:39
B it is

it has a clear antecedent that is speech
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Re: SC - speech of the new Soviet leader [#permalink] New post 17 Jan 2008, 09:46
I think the answer is C. The common speeches by soviet speakers had been less polemical and direct till etc etc.....

had been = ongoing process which ended in the past.
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Re: SC - speech of the new Soviet leader [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2008, 20:07
OA is B.

Those who listened to the first speech of the new Soviet leader were struck by its direct, less polemical tone than was common in speeches by Soviet leaders during the previous 18 years.

(A) its direct, less polemical tone than was common- direct, less - incorrect
(B) its direct tone- concise, less polemical than was common- correct compare
(C) its direct, less polemical tone than had been commonincorrect tense
(D) the direct tone, less polemical than it had commonly been incorrect tense&structure

(E) the direct tone, less polemical than it commonly was incorrect tense&structure
Re: SC - speech of the new Soviet leader   [#permalink] 18 Jan 2008, 20:07
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