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# For all his professed disdain of such activities, Auden was

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19 Apr 2006, 08:47
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For all his professed disdain of such activities, Auden was an inveterate literary gossip.

(A) For all his professed disdain of such activities
(B) Having always professed disdain for such activities
(C) All such activities were, he professed, disdained, and
(D) Professing that all such activities were disdained
(E) In spite of professions of disdaining all such activities

Why can't the answer be B?
can someone explain.

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19 Apr 2006, 10:16
I go with B.

I think we need participle phrase here(-ing) form

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19 Apr 2006, 13:32
^ A ^

is my choice.

After a participle like in B and D, we had better use an action.

Having passed all her exams, Helen had a party.
Crossing the road, I started to run.

Writing many novels, C. Dickens was a precious writer.---> does not
sound good to me. I think it is a case related with verb "to be".

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19 Apr 2006, 19:45
myc2004 wrote:
For all his professed disdain of such activities, Auden was an inveterate literary gossip.

(A) For all his professed disdain of such activities
(B) Having always professed disdain for such activities
(C) All such activities were, he professed, disdained, and
(D) Professing that all such activities were disdained
(E) In spite of professions of disdaining all such activities

Why can't the answer be B? can someone explain.

A. Use of having in gmat is not sound.
A can be written as under:

Because of (for) all his professed disdain of such activities, Auden was an inveterate literary gossip.

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20 Apr 2006, 02:16
OA is A

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20 Apr 2006, 02:46
'A' is my choice as well, but it is out of intuition...

Any valid reasons why 'B' is not right...

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20 Apr 2006, 06:23
is 'disdain-of' idiomatic? Should'nt it be 'disdain-for' ?

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20 Apr 2006, 08:23
kripalkavi wrote:
is 'disdain-of' idiomatic? Should'nt it be 'disdain-for' ?

I thought on the samelines...I feel it shud b disdain for...

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21 Apr 2006, 10:39
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A. Use of having in gmat is not sound.

So "having" is almost never correct in GMAT english? Like the word "being" is almost never correct?

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