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generis wrote:
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

Yikes! This sentence doesn't make sense to me and I don't know what/who Camus or Sartre are! I'm going to guess that they are people since they are capitalized. Even then, saying "Mike broke with John in a bitter dispute..." doesn't make sense to me, I don't know what "broke" means here.

All that being said, I'll give this a shot.

Meaning: Camus and Sartre got in a dispute. The subject that they disputed on was the nature of Stalinism. Two people do not "broke." Maybe it means they "broke up" like two people that are in a relationship do when they decide to no longer be in a relationship. Let's go with that. Either way, there was a dispute that did not end well.

A) Camus broke with Sartre in a bitter dispute over the nature of Stalinism.

Again, I don't know what that means "broke" with Sartre, but I'm eliminating this because I don't think the "over" and "it" are used idiomatically.

B) Camus broke with Sartre over bitterly disputing the nature of Stalinism.

Verb Tenses! We went from past tense "broke" to present tense "disputing." Eliminate.

C) Camus broke with Sartre after there was a bitter dispute over the nature of Stalinism.

This changes the meaning a little bit. More specifically our timeline. Camus broke with Sartre after there was the dispute. I think this timeline change might be enough to eliminate this one.

Also, "bitter dispute over the nature of Stalinism." I know what this is trying to say, but from a literal sense, I think what it is really saying is that there was a bitter dispute about the nature of Stalinism.

D) Camus broke with Sartre after having bitterly disputed about the nature of Stalinism.

I don't love the verb structure here: "after having disputed..." This would make more sense if it said "after disputing." The "having" is not needed here and I'm sure it breaks some rules.

E) Camus broke with Sartre over a bitter dispute about the nature of Stalinism.

I'm going with this one! Camus broke with Sartre over a dispute. So the "over" is acting as a synonym of "because of." I think that makes sense.

The dispute was about the nature of Stalinism. I like this word choice better than the options in (A) and (C) that say the dispute was over the nature of Stalinism.
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Hi,

Camus broke with Sarte in a bitter dispute over the nature of Stalinism

Meaning- So the sentence says that Camus broke with Sarte and then prepositional phrase explains how did he break? That is in a bitter dispute over the nature of Stalinism

I cannot distinguish between Option A and Option E as I have seen both cases. But I can surely comment on rest other options

Option B .. preposition is not followed by a noun
Option C ... change in meaning by adding a sequence not present in the original sentence
Option D ... change in meaning by adding a sequence not present in the original sentence
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Project SC Butler: Day 16: Sentence Correction (SC1)

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

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TIME magazine - April 28, 1980 | Vol. 115 No. 17 (LINK)

World: Inadvertent Guru to an Age

Sartre expounded his ideas in nine plays, four novels, five major philosophical works, innumerable lectures, and essays written for Les Temps Modernes, the magazine he helped found in 1945. Among its contributors was another action-oriented writer, Albert Camus, who subsequently broke with Sartre in a bitter dispute over the nature of Stalinism, which Camus deplored. Sartre led demonstrations, fired off protests and manned almost every political barricade raised by the left. Ironically, his most conspicuous disciples—the young, the bitter and the cynical—did little or nothing and understood Sartre least. Had he not proclaimed life absurd, reality nauseating and man free—of moral laws, religious commandments, restricting obligations either to ideals or family? The long-haired beatniks became part of Sartre's mystique.

Dispute over is the correct idiom
Left with A and C
Though the sequencing is not mentioned in the original sentence but it make the sentence more clear
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Please correct me if I am wrong generis
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A) Camus broke with Sartre in a bitter dispute---error with 'in'--we do not brake in dispute ,we brake up due to/because of dispute.
B) Again 'over' does not conjugate the sentence correctly... also 'bitterly' is awkward.
C) after there was a bitter dispute over--- dispute over something makes exact sense plus 'after there was' conjugates the sentence correctly---IMO RIGHT CHOICE.
D) 'DISPUTED ABOUT'- wrong because we dispute over something not dispute about something.
E) AGAIN DISPUTE ABOUT here is wrong.

IMO (C) is a better choice over other options.
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generis wrote:

Project SC Butler: Day 16: Sentence Correction (SC1)

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

NOTE: For this question, BEST or EXCELLENT answers must include the meaning of this sentence.

The best or excellent answers get kudos, which will be awarded after the answer is revealed.

TIME magazine - April 28, 1980 | Vol. 115 No. 17 (LINK)

World: Inadvertent Guru to an Age

Sartre expounded his ideas in nine plays, four novels, five major philosophical works, innumerable lectures, and essays written for Les Temps Modernes, the magazine he helped found in 1945. Among its contributors was another action-oriented writer, Albert Camus, who subsequently broke with Sartre in a bitter dispute over the nature of Stalinism, which Camus deplored. Sartre led demonstrations, fired off protests and manned almost every political barricade raised by the left. Ironically, his most conspicuous disciples—the young, the bitter and the cynical—did little or nothing and understood Sartre least. Had he not proclaimed life absurd, reality nauseating and man free—of moral laws, religious commandments, restricting obligations either to ideals or family? The long-haired beatniks became part of Sartre's mystique.

MikeScarn and Wonderwoman31 I am not sure whether the spoiler in this question had been posted when you answered.

I did not put the spoiler on this post, but we have two likely candidates.
I would put long money on hazelnut , our most tenured SC moderator,
whose ability to find original is unbelievably good.

Only one poster has the correct answer so far, though I like the way
people are "thinking out loud."

"Broke" in this instance is very idiomatic.

It means "break away from" over a schism, a split, in belief systems.

Prepositions are strange in this idiom.

You do not need a "because" substitute; broke with sort of implies a "because."

Let's say I have an intellectual companion, friend, fellow writer, and fellow philosopher.
We are probably the two most influential writers and thinkers in France.
He decides to defend totalitarian governments.

We get into a bitter dispute because he claims that the government he supports is not totalitarian.

In the midst of the bitter dispute that lasts a few years, finally I break with him because I cannot
bear to think of supporting totalitarianism.
(I have just fought in the French resistance in World War II.
We both have.
I am worried because he is so influential, and he is defending a monster.)

This idiom is very compact.

If you figure out which one of you is correct so far,

It helps people learn to see other people
reasoning their way through a question.
It helps people (many people!) learn to see that one line of reasoning
wasn't quite correct.

Often we have to know what is not correct before we can know what is.
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generis I am confused between A and E. Could you please explain the difference.

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Wonderwoman31 wrote:
generis I am confused between A and E. Could you please explain the difference.

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Wonderwoman31 , the OA posted, but I am giving people the chance to post an explanation until 12 (noon) Pacific Standard time.

Think about logical sequence, and the way in which "broke" is used.

Ghandi broke with British colonial rule in India in a way that revolutionized the anti-colonial movement.

During WWII, General de Gaulle broke with General Petain over Petain's accommodation of Nazism.

(Charles de Gaulle, leader of the Free French, was exiled in England.
General Petain became titular head of government in occupied France.)

A) Camus broke with Sartre in a bitter dispute over the nature of Stalinism.

E) Camus broke with Sartre over a bitter dispute about the nature of Stalinism.

In our question, two people are locked in a dispute over an ideology.
On principle, one of them cannot accept the stance of the other.

When does he break with his friend's position?
During or after the dispute?

The prepositions suggest time and timing.

At the moment, that material is the best I can offer.

I cannot explain the difference between options A and E until 12 (noon) Pacific Std time.
I will give people a little while longer.

Try to think of the prepositions in a way that is "outside the box."

In this case the correct answer is about timing, and the incorrect answer suggests the wrong timing—the wrong sequence of events.

Hope that helps.
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The intended meaning of the sentence is that Camus had a dispute with Sartre about the nature of Stalinism and because of the dispute, Camus broke something (either friendship, partnership or whatever it was) with Sartre.

Keeping this in mind, shouldn't (E) be correct?

And is 'over a dispute' correct or is 'dispute over' correct?
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The term "broke with" has two common uses:

"took a different position than"
She broke with her Republican colleagues on the health care bill.

"ended a friendship/partnership/collaboration with" (basically, this is the same as "broke up with," except without the romance)

This second usage is what we're dealing with here, although the other meaning is still there. (They certainly are taking different positions.)

As for the prepositions (in, over, about), we need to consider the meaning. In this case, "over" and "about" can be used more or less interchangeably, although it's true that "over" is a bit better to convey the subject of the dispute ("a dispute over Stalinism"). Imagine, then, saying "They broke with each other ABOUT the dispute." This doesn't make sense. It's kind of like saying "They disagreed about the disagreement." They broke with each other "as part of" or "as a result of" the dispute. The dispute was "about/over" Stalinism. Only A correctly conveys this. B and E incorrectly begin with "over," and C and D eliminate the causal relationship.
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I did not understand that they broke during debates not after. How it can be inferred from the context? Please someone explain. thank you
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generis wrote:
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

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I did not understand that they broke during debates not after. How it can be inferred from the context? Please someone explain. thank you

olgaromazan , I am not clear about what part of any of the explanations above you do not understand, and why. It would help to know.

I'll try one more avenue.

We can infer from context that they broke during or in the midst of their dispute by reasoning backwards.

Start with Stalinism. Stalinism is an ideology, a belief system. Its consequences are grave.

What do we know about a dispute? It's an argument, usually heated, and usually protracted (drawn out, long, long-standing).

Think about a dispute from today -- between countries, for example, over borders.

Two people are quarreling about the nature of a subject that has serious consequences for human beings. They're not arguing about whether an Apple or Samsung cell phone is better.

If they are arguing about the nature of an ideology, and they break over that nature, then the subject and its nature must be really controversial.

The nature of Stalinism is grave enough to cause one person to say to another: "Because you adhere or do not adhere to this belief system, I cannot deal with you [at all]."

The substance and subject of the argument is the cause of the break.

One person, named, breaks with another person, named.

I emphasized "named." Plenty of sentence correction questions mention famous people who may or may not be familiar.
Those people are named -- and by last name only -- because they are important historical figures.

These two influential figures, Camus and Sartre, are in/having a dispute over the nature of an important belief system.

Camus breaks with Sartre. "To break with" is a phrasal verb. It can mean both (1) to break with tradition or with what is expected; or (2) to end a relationship.

Two major people? In a dispute over the nature of an "ism" with a capital "S"?

Reason backwards again. Given the facts above, this dispute is not trivial.

We are given the subject of the dispute. The phrase "nature of" emphasizes that this quarrel is deep. If Camus broke with Sartre because they had a dispute, why mention the subject of the dispute?

Which is more likely:
(1) that these important figures had a short spat over a small issue and one of them pitched a fit, breaking with the other right then and there because they had a fight, a dispute "over the dispute" or because they had a dispute "over bitterly disputing ...
Or
(2) that these important figures were at odds over an important issue ... An issue that caused one of them to leave the relationship rather than accept the position the other had taken with respect to the nature of a belief system of profound implications.

If (1), then Camus broke with Sartre over the argument.
The mere fact that they disagreed led Camus to cut ties with Sartre.

If (2), then Camus was in the midst of a quarrel with Sartre over the serious nature of an important subject, a situation in which the mere fact of a disagreement was not likely to be the cause of the decision by Camus to break with Sartre.

At some point in the midst of that dispute, Camus had had enough. The nature of Stalinism was too important; he could not be in a relationship with someone whose views on Stalinism were different from his.

These men are not major historical figures (a fact that we have inferred) because they were capricious people who pitched fits simply because they disagreed.

Finally, what is wrong with (A)? How and why is another answer better than (A)?

We do not want to question the official answer. But if we choose incorrectly, we need to understand how we went wrong in preferring one option to another.

Why does the idea of being in the middle of a long disagreement and finally reaching a breaking point, during and in the midst of the dispute, seem odd?

This question is hard. The discussion has been fairly extensive. I am not sure which part of any of the analyses does not make sense, and why it does not make sense, and why a different answer does make sense.

I hope that this approach helps.
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So, in option E, C broke with S OVER a bitter dispute about ..... This implies C broke with S due to the bitterness of the dispute and not due to their disagreements regarding the concept of Stalinism. OVER = = Because of

In option A, C broke with S in a bitter dispute over .... Here, we know C and S have disagreed on a topic for a long time and finally, during a heated discussion, they fell apart with each other. So, this option emphasizes the 'C breaking with S due to disagreements regarding a certain issue' over 'C breaking with S due to simply the bitterness of the dispute'

Am I correct in my understanding?
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I did not not understand this one, can @GMATNINJA elaborate this one ?
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