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# In the years after he left the White House, Richard Nixon

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In the years after he left the White House, Richard Nixon strove to burnish his image for history more assiduously than did any former president.

A) more assiduously than did any former president
B) more assiduously than any other former president
C) with an assiduousness unmatched by any former president
D) with more assiduousness than did any other former president
E) more assiduously in comparison to any former president
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17 Aug 2004, 11:21
I think, we dicussed these kinda question (not sure where it is). anyway, "assiduously(adv)" is good as it modifies "strove(verb)" correctly. C and D ar out. We need to compare Nixon with other presidents, not a bunch as whole. "other" is required.

Now, something else arises, are we considering presidents former to Nixon himself or all former presidents? I chose latter, as this is happened in the past and we are discussing it in the present. Yes, we need to consider all former presidents (including Nixon).

B my choice.
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17 Aug 2004, 11:50
This is a very delicate area for me. Sometimes ellipsis is applied, and sometimes it's not. I chose B b/c it sounds like 'did' would be superflous in this construction. (A was the only other contender)
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17 Aug 2004, 12:23
b/w A and B.

B is best choice.

few reasons:
1. '...than did any former president' in A is not ok. Sounds as though Nixon is the current president and that it is comparing him with some former presidents. The fact though is that Nixon himself is a former president and B rightly compares himself alongwith the 'other former presidents'.

2. Between assiduously and assiduousness, assiduously is appropriate here.
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17 Aug 2004, 13:50
venksune wrote:
b/w A and B.

B is best choice.

few reasons:
1. '...than did any former president' in A is not ok. Sounds as though Nixon is the current president and that it is comparing him with some former presidents. The fact though is that Nixon himself is a former president and B rightly compares himself alongwith the 'other former presidents'.

2. Between assiduously and assiduousness, assiduously is appropriate here.

Your reason #1 does not make sense to me. It could be that the author of the statement just wants to compare a former president, Nixon, to other former presidents, thus excluding any subsequent to Nixon presidents from comparison (Regan, Clinton, Bush are out).
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17 Aug 2004, 14:10
I will go with A. I think "did" tells us that it is past.
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17 Aug 2004, 18:00
I am going with (A). Caught between (A) and (B) really, but I think 'than did' in (A) clearly shows that we want to compare Nixon's aim to burnish his image to other president's (former) attempt to burnish theirs. I don't think we can assume that the 'did is implied in the word assiduos

What's the OA ?
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17 Aug 2004, 18:22
lastochka,
I think I have not been able to best express my thoughts. Let me see if I can redraft my reason#1.

Nixon is a former president himself - meaning he belongs to the group called 'former presidents'. In such case the comparison has to be between Nixon and 'other' former presidents. One cant compare themselves to a group (this is what A sound like). The comparison should be between the person and 'other' persons of the group.
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17 Aug 2004, 18:44
OA is B
Since it's in past tense, you have to assume that Nixon is himself part of the "former president" group. dj said it well. Good job all
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17 Aug 2004, 18:45
Venksune, but the question seems to be comparing the action of nixon with the actions of a group. In this case, the 'did' should do nicely, isn't it ?
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