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# Abandoned by his impoverished family at the age of twelve, Careme

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14 Feb 2012, 00:00
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Abandoned by his impoverished family at the age of twelve, Careme turned himself into a cook of unparalleled creativity, one that both George 4 of England and Tsar Alexander 1 of Russia tired in vain to hire him.

(A) both George 4 of England and Tsar Alexander 1 of Russia tired in vain to hire him

(B) George 4 of England and Tsar Alexander 1 of Russia both tried to hire vainly

(C) both George 4 of England and Tsar Alexander 1 of Russia both tried in vain to hire

(D) George 4 of England and Tsar Alexander 1 of Russia each tried to hire vainly

(E) George 4 of England and Tsar Alexander 1 of Russia each tried vainly to hire him

https://www.nytimes.com/1984/06/06/garden/a-feast-in-celebration-of-careme-s-birthday.html

His name was Antonin Careme, and he was a man of such genius that George IV of England and Czar Alexander I of Russia both tried in vain to hire him permanently.

He was the greatest chef of the era that inaugurated the golden age of restaurants, but he worked only in private households. One of 25 children of a poor Parisian family, he was abandoned in the streets at the age of 12. Yet he turned himself into a cook of unparalleled creativity, a polished writer and a witty conversationalist.

<My reasoning>
a) G & T didn't try to hire HIM. They tried to hire a cook of unparalleled creativity (<- This is how I understood, but not sure.)

b) picked this as the answer.

c) "tried in vain to hire" sounded awkward to me. (I looked up this expression, and turned out that nothing wrong with it.
But still don't get what "in vain" means.)

d) "each" is incorrect.

e) "each" and "him" are incorrect.

This is my reasoning.
Please, tell me if there's errors except b &c.( Obviously I did wrong reasoning.)
Also, I want you to tell me what's wrong with b and why c is the OA.

Thanks
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14 Feb 2012, 00:48
I believe that choice C is

both George 4 of England and Tsar Alexander 1 of Russia [strike]both[/strike]tried in vain to hire.

C is the correct choice.

The action verb in second part of the sentence is "tried" and not "hire" :

"...one that both George 4 of England and Tsar Alexander 1 of Russia tired in vain to hire" .

So the Adverb "vainly" should modify this verb for it to be correct usage. None of the choices has that. Hence C wins.

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16 Feb 2012, 05:37
Would E be wrong because of him in the end? As it might be ambiguous.
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16 Feb 2012, 18:59
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"him" is not ambiguous in E. It refers to Careme only.

Quoting Ron :

here's a good hierarchy to use:
STEP 1) look for possible pronoun ambiguity.
--> if you have NON-AMBIGUOUS PRONOUNS in ANY OF THE FIVE CHOICES, then pick one of those choices. DO NOT go to step 2.
--> if you have AMBIGUOUS PRONOUNS IN ALL FIVE CHOICES, go to step 2.
STEP 2) take the antecedent that is GRAMMATICALLY PARALLEL to the pronoun.
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21 Feb 2012, 11:51
+1 for C

tried in vain = tried fruitlessly / unsuccessfully
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22 Feb 2012, 09:55
both before the names - B&D&E out

E - vainly should modify the verb and not the noun - out
A - correct usage of both and vain as a modifier of tried
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29 Mar 2012, 05:50
crick20002002 wrote:
I believe that choice C is

both George 4 of England and Tsar Alexander 1 of Russia [strike]both[/strike]tried in vain to hire.

C is the correct choice.

The action verb in second part of the sentence is "tried" and not "hire" :

"...one that both George 4 of England and Tsar Alexander 1 of Russia tired in vain to hire" .

So the Adverb "vainly" should modify this verb for it to be correct usage. None of the choices has that. Hence C wins.

Crick

A is also saying tried in vain and it has one both which is correct
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07 Aug 2014, 18:14
I think the use of two boths in C is wrong. A seems correct. What is the source? Are the options properly typed?
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10 Nov 2014, 11:19
eybrj2 wrote:
Abandoned by his impoverished family at the age of twelve, Careme turned himself into a cook of unparalleled creativity, one that both George 4 of England and Tsar Alexander 1 of Russia tired in vain to hire him.
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a)

b) George 4 of England and Tsar Alexander 1 of Russia both tried to hire vainly.

c) both George 4 of England and Tsar Alexander 1 of Russia both tried in vain to hire.

d) George 4 of England and Tsar Alexander 1 of Russia each tried to hire vainly.

e) George 4 of England and Tsar Alexander 1 of Russia each tried vainly to hire him.

<My reasoning>
a) G & T didn't try to hire HIM. They tried to hire a cook of unparalleled creativity (<- This is how I understood, but not sure.)

b) picked this as the answer.

c) "tried in vain to hire" sounded awkward to me. (I looked up this expression, and turned out that nothing wrong with it.
But still don't get what "in vain" means.)

d) "each" is incorrect.

e) "each" and "him" are incorrect.

This is my reasoning.
Please, tell me if there's errors except b &c.( Obviously I did wrong reasoning.)
Also, I want you to tell me what's wrong with b and why c is the OA.

Thanks

Somehow I am not conviced with the OA. As per me, OA should be A. Incase OA is C.. Please post the OE.
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27 Jun 2015, 11:38
sayansarkar wrote:
I think the use of two boths in C is wrong. A seems correct. What is the source? Are the options properly typed?

I have the same question. Is a use of double "both" correct in C? Can anyone clear?
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17 Oct 2015, 02:26
eybrj2 wrote:
Abandoned by his impoverished family at the age of twelve, Careme turned himself into a cook of unparalleled creativity, one that both George 4 of England and Tsar Alexander 1 of Russia tired in vain to hire him.
\sqrt{[square_root]}[/square_root]
a)

b) George 4 of England and Tsar Alexander 1 of Russia both tried to hire vainly.

c) both George 4 of England and Tsar Alexander 1 of Russia both tried in vain to hire.

d) George 4 of England and Tsar Alexander 1 of Russia each tried to hire vainly.

e) George 4 of England and Tsar Alexander 1 of Russia each tried vainly to hire him.

<My reasoning>
a) G & T didn't try to hire HIM. They tried to hire a cook of unparalleled creativity (<- This is how I understood, but not sure.)

b) picked this as the answer.

c) "tried in vain to hire" sounded awkward to me. (I looked up this expression, and turned out that nothing wrong with it.
But still don't get what "in vain" means.)

d) "each" is incorrect.

e) "each" and "him" are incorrect.

This is my reasoning.
Please, tell me if there's errors except b &c.( Obviously I did wrong reasoning.)
Also, I want you to tell me what's wrong with b and why c is the OA.

Thanks

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29 Oct 2016, 19:01
is this question typed correctly?

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