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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

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16 Dec 2008, 11:25
lgon 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

This confused me too, darn!

D or E = not sure, but I'll pick D

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16 Dec 2008, 12:47
lgon 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 would pick B. "disdain for" is the correct idiom, and "having always professed" correctly modifies "Auden".

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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 --

Will go with A.
Here "for all" means 'despite'
Despite his professed disdain of such activites, Auden was an inveterate literary gossip.

Here few more examples:
--for all his talent, used to fall apart in tense moments
--Some have said that, for all his genius, Tendulkar has not contributed as he might at critical phases of a game
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lgon 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 --

Will go with A.
Here "for all" means 'despite'
Despite his professed disdain of such activites, Auden was an inveterate literary gossip.

Here few more examples:
--for all his talent, used to fall apart in tense moments
--Some have said that, for all his genius, Tendulkar has not contributed as he might at critical phases of a game

what about "disdain" - is "disdain of" the correct idiom? I learned that "disdain for" is the correct one, not "disdain of"

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nganle08 wrote:
x2suresh wrote:
lgon 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 --

Will go with A.
Here "for all" means 'despite'
Despite his professed disdain of such activites, Auden was an inveterate literary gossip.

Here few more examples:
--for all his talent, used to fall apart in tense moments
--Some have said that, for all his genius, Tendulkar has not contributed as he might at critical phases of a game

what about "disdain" - is "disdain of" the correct idiom? I learned that "disdain for" is the correct one, not "disdain of"

IMO, both are correct idioms.

here is the link from the dictionary which uses "disdain of"

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/disdainful

disdainful
1. expressing extreme contempt [syn: contemptuous]
2. having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy; "some economists are disdainful of their colleagues in other social disciplines"; "haughty aristocrats"; "his lordly manners were offensive"; "walked with a prideful swagger"; "very sniffy about breaches of etiquette"; "his mother eyed my clothes with a supercilious air"; "a more swaggering mood than usual"- W.L.Shirer
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16 Dec 2008, 14:27
nganle08 wrote:
x2suresh wrote:
lgon 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 --

Will go with A.
Here "for all" means 'despite'
Despite his professed disdain of such activites, Auden was an inveterate literary gossip.

Here few more examples:
--for all his talent, used to fall apart in tense moments
--Some have said that, for all his genius, Tendulkar has not contributed as he might at critical phases of a game

what about "disdain" - is "disdain of" the correct idiom? I learned that "disdain for" is the correct one, not "disdain of"

IMO, both are correct idioms.

here is the link from the dictionary which uses "disdain of"

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/disdainful

disdainful
1. expressing extreme contempt [syn: contemptuous]
2. having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy; "some economists are disdainful of their colleagues in other social disciplines"; "haughty aristocrats"; "his lordly manners were offensive"; "walked with a prideful swagger"; "very sniffy about breaches of etiquette"; "his mother eyed my clothes with a supercilious air"; "a more swaggering mood than usual"- W.L.Shirer
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16 Dec 2008, 14:30
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IMO, both are correct idioms.

here is the link from the dictionary which uses "disdain of"

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/disdainful

disdainful
1. expressing extreme contempt [syn: contemptuous]
2. having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy; "some economists are disdainful of their colleagues in other social disciplines"; "haughty aristocrats"; "his lordly manners were offensive"; "walked with a prideful swagger"; "very sniffy about breaches of etiquette"; "his mother eyed my clothes with a supercilious air"; "a more swaggering mood than usual"- W.L.Shirer

Can you explain why B is not the right answer? Thanks

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IMO, both are correct idioms.

here is the link from the dictionary which uses "disdain of"

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/disdainful

disdainful
1. expressing extreme contempt [syn: contemptuous]
2. having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy; "some economists are disdainful of their colleagues in other social disciplines"; "haughty aristocrats"; "his lordly manners were offensive"; "walked with a prideful swagger"; "very sniffy about breaches of etiquette"; "his mother eyed my clothes with a supercilious air"; "a more swaggering mood than usual"- W.L.Shirer

Can you explain why B is not the right answer? Thanks

Take simple example

(A) for all his talent, Nganle used to fall apart in tense moments
Despite his talent, Nganle used to fall apart in tense moments

Here it clearly shows the contrast.

You can rewrite the above sentence.
Even though he has talent, Nganle used to fall part in tense moments.

(B)Having always talented person, Nganle used to fall apart in tesne moments.
Here we are not

B changes the original meaning..
Ngalnle is talented person and used to fall apart in tense moments.
No contrast here.

I hope you got it
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[Take simple example

(A) for all his talent, Nganle used to fall apart in tense moments
Despite his talent, Nganle used to fall apart in tense moments

Here it clearly shows the contrast.

You can rewrite the above sentence.
Even though he has talent, Nganle used to fall part in tense moments.

(B)Having always talented person, Nganle used to fall apart in tesne moments.
Here we are not

B changes the original meaning..
Ngalnle is talented person and used to fall apart in tense moments.
No contrast here.

I hope you got it[/quote]

Thanks so much. I understand it now.

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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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For all his professed disdain of such activities, Auden was an inveterate literary gossip.

Pretty tough one...
I vote for A.

(A) For all his professed disdain of such activities
professed is parallel to was.
(B) Having always professed disdain for such activities
Having always not parallel to 'was'
(C) All such activities were, he professed, disdained, and
Really awkward structure. The 'and' doesn't need a comma after.
(D) Professing that all such activities were disdained
I don't have a good reason except that it doesn't seem to create the comparison.
(E) In spite of professions of disdaining all such activities
"professions of disdaining" is wordy and passive.

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19 Nov 2009, 03:15
The OA is A

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Can somebody elaborate how to reach A here?

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Can somebody elaborate how to reach A here?

"For all his professed disdain of such activities, Auden was an inveterate literary gossip"

The first part of the sentence contrast the second part.
Out of all the choices, only Choice A-because the sentence starts with “For” and Choice E-because the sentence starts with “In spite of” can contrast the second part. Hence Choice B,C and D are out.

“professions” means “learned occupation”, whereas “professed” means “allegiance”.

"Professed" is right in this context. Hence A is the correct Answer

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Can somebody elaborate how to reach A here?

"For all his professed disdain of such activities, Auden was an inveterate literary gossip"

The first part of the sentence contrast the second part.
Out of all the choices, only Choice A-because the sentence starts with “For” and Choice E-because the sentence starts with “In spite of” can contrast the second part. Hence Choice B,C and D are out.

“professions” means “learned occupation”, whereas “professed” means “allegiance”.

"Professed" is right in this context. Hence A is the correct Answer

Make sense. thanks.
I agree it implies a contrast. And such phrases as "In spite of, Despite, Although, Even though" serve it.
But, I was not sure that "FOR" entails a contrast.

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Can somebody elaborate how to reach A here?

"For all his professed disdain of such activities, Auden was an inveterate literary gossip"

The first part of the sentence contrast the second part.
Out of all the choices, only Choice A-because the sentence starts with “For” and Choice E-because the sentence starts with “In spite of” can contrast the second part. Hence Choice B,C and D are out.

“professions” means “learned occupation”, whereas “professed” means “allegiance”.

"Professed" is right in this context. Hence A is the correct Answer[/quote

Make sense. thanks.
I agree it implies a contrast. And such phrases as "In spite of, Despite, Although, Even though" serve it.
But, I was not sure that "FOR" entails a contrast.

There are lot of definitions of “For”
Some of the most important definitions from GMAT point of view are
-Because of
-in place of
-in favor of
-in spite of
-with respect to

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OA is A

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(E) In spite of professions of disdaining all such activities
Of is a prepositioin and it should link two nouns,Disdaining has to be placed as a gerund.
It should be "disdaining of all such activities"
Here disdaining has been improperly used.
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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 --- The first part is a modifier. The modified subject is correctly placed after the modifier. So it is correct
(B) Having always professed disdain for such activities --"having always professed" is awkward in this sentance
(C) All such activities were, he professed, disdained, and --- "and" is incorrect
(D) Professing that all such activities were disdained --- "were" is incorrect
(E) In spite of professions of disdaining all such activities --- "professions of disdaining" is awkward

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