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The extraordinary diary of William Lyon Mackenzie King, prime minister

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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 seances, 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 both in public as well as
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12bhang wrote:
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 seances, 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 both in
public as well as


"revealed that" is necessary, out C D E.
Between A and B, A is more coincise and less wordy. B moreover changes the meaning "mystic guided" is not the same as "mystic and also guided", the idiom "both" is used in this form: both x and y, Not both x as well as y.
IMO A
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12bhang wrote:
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 seances, 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 both in
public as well as


A is correct.

Thanks for the great explanation above.

I just want to add a small reason why C, D, E are out. Because the structure is not parallel: The diary reveal X.. and that Y. The correct idiom is "reveal that X.... and that Y"

A is correct for using idiom both X and Y.

Hope it helps a little bit.
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Choice A is best. All of the other choices present errors in coordination or parallelism and also confusingly suggest that King's being a mystic and being guided... by omens... were separate matters. In addition, these choices contain errors in grammar and idiom. Choice B ungrammatically uses and also to link the noun mystic and the past participle guided. In choices C and D, that is required to introduce the clause x was a mystic if that introduces the second clause, he was guided.... In choice E, to have been a mystic and that he guided...are not parallel. Finally, B, D, and E use the unidiomatic both x as well as y instead of both x and y. Hence, A is the answer.
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