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# The extraordinary diary of William Lyon Mackenzie King,

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24. The extraordinary diary of William Lyon Mackenzie King, prime minister of Canada for over twenty years, revealed that this most bland and circumspect of men was a mystic guided in both public and private life by omens, messages received at séances, and signs from heaven.

(A) that this most bland and circumspect of men was a mystic guided in both public and
(B) that this most bland and circumspect of men was a mystic and also guided both in public as well as
(C) this most bland and circumspect of men was a mystic and that he was guided in both public and
(D) this most bland and circumspect of men was a mystic and that he was guided in both public as well as
(E) this most bland and circumspect of men to have been a mystic and that he guided himself in both public as well as

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30 Jun 2009, 21:06
A says the same thing as D, but A is more concise

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30 Jun 2009, 21:15
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IMO A

The correct idiom is "both X and Y". So, B, D and E are out for using incorrect idiom "both X as well as Y".

C is out since its starting with "this". If you put the option C in the sentence, then "revealed this most bland...." sounds awkward.

Only A is left.
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30 Jun 2009, 22:18
IMO A...
both X & Y is correct idiom..
that this is required...

If I am not wrong then...that(refers to diary..i mean who revealed ..diary) & thsi refers to prime minister...clarify me

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30 Jun 2009, 22:55
A seems to be the answer.
But shouldn't there be a , before guided in option A?
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30 Jun 2009, 22:56
urchin wrote:
A seems to be the answer.
But shouldn't there be a , before guided in option A?

I don't think we need to add a "," here.
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20 Apr 2010, 16:18
The above explanations are understood but i have a doubt
both x and y are - plural is used
but here both public and private life - this is there in the sentence

Can anyone explain this

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02 May 2010, 00:09
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24. The extraordinary diary of William Lyon Mackenzie King, prime minister of Canada for over twenty years, revealed that this most bland and circumspect of men was a mystic guided in both public and private life by omens, messages received at séances, and signs from heaven.

(A) that this most bland and circumspect of men was a mystic guided in both public and
(B) that this most bland and circumspect of men was a mystic and also guided both in public as well as
(C) this most bland and circumspect of men was a mystic and that he was guided in both public and
(D) this most bland and circumspect of men was a mystic and that he was guided in both public as well as
(E) this most bland and circumspect of men to have been a mystic and that he guided himself in both public as well as

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a

We need "that" to introduce the following clause. Eliminate C, D and E.
Both X & Y is the correct idiom, then eliminate B.
Only A stands.

Besides, all the answers except A confusingly suggest that King's being "a mystic" and "guided... by omens..." were separate matters.

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09 Jun 2010, 07:15
vaivish1723 wrote:
24. The extraordinary diary of William Lyon Mackenzie King, prime minister of Canada for over twenty years, revealed that this most bland and circumspect of men was a mystic guided in both public and private life by omens, messages received at séances, and signs from heaven.

(A) that this most bland and circumspect of men was a mystic guided in both public and
(B) that this most bland and circumspect of men was a mystic and also guided both in public as well as
(C) this most bland and circumspect of men was a mystic and that he was guided in both public and
(D) this most bland and circumspect of men was a mystic and that he was guided in both public as well as
(E) this most bland and circumspect of men to have been a mystic and that he guided himself in both public as well as

The OA is
[Reveal] Spoiler:
a

Unquestionably A

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07 Jan 2011, 08:50
Would C be correct answer if "that" were to added before "this"? And, does the meaning of the paragraph change?

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08 May 2011, 06:48
+1 A

The rest of choices are not parallel.
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13 Aug 2016, 23:39

A - correct use of "both X and Y" form.
B- Incorrect use of "both" and "as well as"
C- Incorrect meaning by using "this" after revealed.
D, E - Same like C.

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