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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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bsv180985 wrote:
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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bsv180985 wrote:
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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puneetpratik wrote:
Also I don't understand Correct idiom : of activities ...
Do we really have such idiom?????

Yes you are right. "Of actitivities" is not an idiom. However "disdain of" and "disdain for" are idioms both of which are correct.
Let give it another try as I believe A is still the correct answer.
A. "For" and E. "In spite of " indicate contrast and hence we should be looking at these choices. A has a much better construction compared to e which is awkward.

As for explaining why of Activities is better than for activities, pls take a look at: http://www.differencebetween.net/langua ... f-and-for/
It seems "OF" as a prepostion will fit more than "for" as "Of" could mean: belonging to whereas there is no meaning of "for" that can be applied in the ocntext of this sentence.
Not very sure if I was able to explain. This question seems to rely on many factors making it a bit complex.
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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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bsv180985 wrote:
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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A. Correct idiom : of activities
b has wrong idiom "for activities"
c is jumbled up
d alters the meaning
e is again wrong idiom

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Also I don't understand Correct idiom : of activities ...
Do we really have such idiom?????
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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

It is easier to tackle this question once we understand the meaning. The statement conveys the stark contrast that even though Auden now professes disdain for a particular activity(literary gossip), he was someone who used to be actively involved in the same habit at some time in the conceivable past.

Only the first statement brings out this meaning clearly.
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I found something from a Veritas Prep instructor that I think might shed a lot of light on this problem.

I think the key here is *not* the idiomatic distinction ("disdain of" vs. "disdain for"), but rather the logical flow of the sentence meaning-wise. If you say "for all his professed disdain," the "for all" means "in spite of," as in "For all her faults, I love her still." So that works out quite well logically, because then the sentence can mean that even though he claimed to disdain literary gossip, he actually engaged in it.

In contrast, if you were to say "Having always professed disdain...", you'd want the thing that followed to be something you'd EXPECT from someone who professed disdain, like "Having always professed disdain for such activities, Auden stayed entirely clear of any form of literary gossip." The "having always professed..." doesn't prepare us for the sentence to take a turn into an actuality that's opposed to what Auden pretends. If (B) were to say "Despite having always professed disdain for such activities," I think it'd be just as good an answer choice as (A).

http://www.beatthegmat.com/disdain-of-disdain-for-t83790.html
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19 Nov 2009, 03:15
The OA is A
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19 Nov 2009, 03:29
Can somebody elaborate how to reach A here?
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04 Nov 2010, 06:07
(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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04 Nov 2010, 09:55
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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04 Nov 2010, 10:17
For all his professed disdain of such activities, Auden was an inveterate literary gossip.

(A) For all his professed disdain of such activities May be, Maybe Not
(B) Having always professed disdain for such activities Having?? Rarely correct when starts with "Having". Besided the line does not modify Auden
(C) All such activities were, he professed, disdained, and ,and.... don’t think so
(D) Professing that all such activities were disdainedDoesn’t modify Auden
(E) In spite of professions of disdaining all such activities Doesn’t Modify Auden, if "All such activities" were "All of his activities", I would have considered it

A is the right ans. I could not pick it by "right ans", eliminations were the way for me in this case
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04 Nov 2010, 10:48
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

What catches my eye right away is "disdain of". I believe the idiom is "disdain for" if there is such an idiom. It just sounds right so I am going to go with B.

Looking at the answer I am wrong though
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08 Nov 2010, 00:24
i ll go with E.
since the first part contrast with the second,I believe that IN SPITE OF suits right.
Option A hold equal weight age but i think E 'll be right answer.
if anyone thinks that there is any mistake, please comment.
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16 Nov 2010, 03:13
I'd pick A. I don't know by which rule, though. Just sounds right to my ears.
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16 Nov 2010, 03:27
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I'd pick A. I don't know by which rule, though. Just sounds right to my ears.

Going by the replies above it seems none of us has nailed this down completely. I would request any of the experts to comment on this with a proper explanation?
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16 Nov 2010, 03:35
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 think the construction requires two contrasting thoughts. B, C, and D fail to do so. 'professions of disdaining all such activities' in E implies that disdaining is a profession. Also, the first part should mean "though he disdained such activities...". I guess A correctly captures that meaning.
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