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

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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 IV of England and Tsar Alexander I of Russia tried in vain to hire him.

(A) both George IV of England and Tsar Alexander I of Russia tried in vain
(B) George IV of England and Tsar Alexander I of Russia both tried to hire vainly
(C) both George IV of England and Tsar Alexander I of Russia tried in vain to hire
(D) George IV of England and Tsar Alexander I of Russia each tried to hire vainly
(E) George IV of England and Tsar Alexander I of Russia each tried vainly to hire him

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23 Sep 2019, 00:41
Selected C. Provides the best answer.
Suggests that the efforts of both the Czar and the King “to hire” the creativity went in “vain”.

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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 IV of England and Tsar Alexander I of Russia tried in vain to hire him.

'In vain' means without success. 'Vainly' primarily means conceitedly or arrogantly. Therefore, vainly seems to be incongruous in the context.

(A) both George IV of England and Tsar Alexander I of Russia tried in vain-- Meaning is somewhat incomplete. The transcription does not include hiring him. In any case, 'to hire him' would be still wrong because of redundancy of one that in the non-underlined part

(B) George IV of England and Tsar Alexander I of Russia both tried to hire vainly --- 1. 'Vainly' does not fit in. 2. Both placed before 'tried' twists the meaning.

(C) both George IV of England and Tsar Alexander I of Russia tried in vain to hire-- This could be the correct choice
(D) George IV of England and Tsar Alexander I of Russia each tried to hire vainly -- The problem of 'vainly'

(E) George IV of England and Tsar Alexander I of Russia each tried vainly to hire him -- 'to hire him' is redundant when considered with one that.
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23 Sep 2019, 23:43
Pankaj1Agarwal wrote:

I have the same doubt, if one of the experts could kindly respond!
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25 Sep 2019, 06:00
Pankaj1Agarwal wrote:
is OA correct here?

No. The only logical answer is (C).

Also, currently, choice (A) does not match the underlined portion.

Also, "that" should be "whom," because a cook is a person.

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Re: Abandoned by his impoverished family at the age of twelve, Careme turn   [#permalink] 25 Sep 2019, 06:00
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