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

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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
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12 Jul 2004, 22:37
A for me. disdain of is better. further, 'his' modifies Auden correctly.
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12 Jul 2004, 22:51
A for me too. Correctly modifies what it intents to.
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13 Jul 2004, 01:10
I picked the wrong answer. The ans here is B. "disdain for" is well an idiom.

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/define. ... &dict=CALD
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13 Jul 2004, 01:17
Also consider the tense here. "Having always professed" and "was"
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Re: Hard SC-2 [#permalink]

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13 Jul 2004, 02:41
[quote="shygo"][u]For all his professed disdain of such activities[/u], 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[/quote]

Obviously, it's between A and B

The two parts of the sentence are being opposed to each other:
ALTHOUGH Auden professed disdain for such activities
he NEVERTHELESS was an inveterate literary gossip

B does not reflect this opposition, that's why I'm going for A
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Re: Hard SC-2 [#permalink]

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13 Jul 2004, 04:19
shygo 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

It's between A & E for me.

B, C & D - don't show the contrast implied by the sentence: "Even though Auden said one thing, he did completely the opposite"

A - I'm a bit wary of 'disdain of', because like Bigtooth81, I feel that 'disdain for' is the proper form

E - seems a bit too wordy.

With none of the choices perfect, I'd have to guess A.
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13 Jul 2004, 05:39
(A) is best.

In (B) "having" modifies disdain, and changes the meaning of sentence.
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Re: Hard SC-2 [#permalink]

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13 Jul 2004, 06:39
I am going ahead with A.

The sentence clearly needs a contrast. Thus, A & E only stand. E is too wordy.

So, A stands tall atleast till the OA appears

shygo 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

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13 Jul 2004, 07:29
Agree with A. This is one of those tough problems in which logicical flow supersedes grammar... well maybe not but you know what I mean for B does not have any grammatical flaw either
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13 Jul 2004, 12:08
Yes, the OA is A.
13 Jul 2004, 12:08
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