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

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302. 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

I got this one wrong, because I did not understand the meaning. For example, if Auden is the name of a person, how can it be gossip?

Would appreciate some clarifications as to the meaning of the sentence.

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15 Jul 2007, 11:04
botirvoy wrote:
302. 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

I got this one wrong, because I did not understand the meaning. For example, if Auden is the name of a person, how can it be gossip?

Would appreciate some clarifications as to the meaning of the sentence.

It means Auden used to gossip. Here gossip is used as an adjective descibing Auden - not as a noun (gossip).
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15 Jul 2007, 11:22
botirvoy wrote:
302. 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

I got this one wrong, because I did not understand the meaning. For example, if Auden is the name of a person, how can it be gossip?

Would appreciate some clarifications as to the meaning of the sentence.

I take A on this one.

Auden could be a matter of discussion. therefore because of all his professed disdain of such activities, Auden was a matter of gossip among literary people.
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21 Jul 2007, 08:32
Thanks for explanations!

OA is A.
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31 Jul 2007, 09:35
dwivedys wrote:
botirvoy wrote:
302. 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

I got this one wrong, because I did not understand the meaning. For example, if Auden is the name of a person, how can it be gossip?

Would appreciate some clarifications as to the meaning of the sentence.

It means Auden used to gossip. Here gossip is used as an adjective descibing Auden - not as a noun (gossip).

I disagree.

inveterate
is an adjective and literary gossip is a noun phrase.
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31 Jul 2007, 09:50
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For all means despite.

There is an element of contrast in this sentence.

Despite X, Y occurred.
Despite his professed disdain of such activities, Auden was an inveterate literary gossip.
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31 Jul 2007, 10:28
bmwhype2 wrote:
dwivedys wrote:
botirvoy wrote:
302. 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

I got this one wrong, because I did not understand the meaning. For example, if Auden is the name of a person, how can it be gossip?

Would appreciate some clarifications as to the meaning of the sentence.

It means Auden used to gossip. Here gossip is used as an adjective descibing Auden - not as a noun (gossip).

I disagree.

inveterate
is an adjective and literary gossip is a noun phrase.

yup...thanks for pointing that out. Literary gossip is a noun phrase indeed.

Literary gossip is a predicate nominative that stands in for the subject Auden.
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