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Good question but I need some more help on the issue of "he" and "him"

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The man was always aware, sometimes proudly and sometimes resentfully, that he was a small-town Midwesterner who was thrust into a world that was dominated by wealthier, better-educated, and more polished people than him.

(A) who was thrust into a world that was dominated by wealthier, better-educated, and more polished people than him
(B) who had been thrust into a world that was dominated by more wealthy, educated, and polished people than him
(C) who had been thrust into a world dominated by wealthier, better-educated, and people more polished than he was
(D) thrust into a world dominated by more wealthy, educated, and polished people than him
(E) thrust into a world dominated by wealthier, better-educated, and more polished people than he
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The man was always aware, sometimes proudly and sometimes resentfully, that he was a small-town Midwesterner who was thrust into a world that was dominated by wealthier, better-educated, and more polished people than him.

(A) who was thrust into a world that was dominated by wealthier, better-educated, and more polished people than him
(B) who had been thrust into a world that was dominated by more wealthy, educated, and polished people than him
(C) who had been thrust into a world dominated by wealthier, better-educated, and people more polished than he was
(D) thrust into a world dominated by more wealthy, educated, and polished people than him
(E) thrust into a world dominated by wealthier, better-educated, and more polished people than he



How is the usage of "he" correct in E ?

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In D
Grammatically, will "more" automatically get repeated for all the three terms i.e. " wealthy, educated, and polished people than him " ?
Or will "more" modify only wealthy ?

Please clarify

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The man was always aware, sometimes proudly and sometimes resentfully, that he was a small-town Midwesterner who was thrust into a world that was dominated by wealthier, better-educated, and more polished people than him.

(A) who was thrust into a world that was dominated by wealthier, better-educated, and more polished people than him
(B) who had been thrust into a world that was dominated by more wealthy, educated, and polished people than him
(C) who had been thrust into a world dominated by wealthier, better-educated, and people more polished than he was
(D) thrust into a world dominated by more wealthy, educated, and polished people than him
(E) thrust into a world dominated by wealthier, better-educated, and more polished people than he


Meaning

The man was always aware of his situation. He knew he was a small town midwesterner thrusted into a world. This world was dominated by people who were wealthier, better educated and more polished than him.

Error analysis
The man was always aware, sometimes proudly and sometimes resentfully
that
he was a small-town Midwesterner
who was thrust into a world ---- No error
that
was dominated by wealthier, better-educated- No Error
,and more polished people than him. he /him, In spoken english we always use Him for subject pronouns "He", but in formal english subject pronouns are always to be written as they are

He loves Gmat more than her----Object pronoun her, this creates ambiguity, He loves GMAT vs He loves her, He loves GMAT vs she loves GMAT. The correct formal form would be He love GMAT more than She.

The world is dominated by more polished people than him- The world is dominated by polished people vs the world is dominated by him---This is the ambiguity

POE
(A) who was thrust into a world that was dominated by wealthier, better-educated, and more polished people than him- As discussed in error analysis
(B) who had been thrust into a world that was dominated by more wealthy, educated, and polished people than him - Same error as A
(C) who had been thrust into a world dominated by wealthier, better-educated, and people more polished than he was - Parallelism error People more polish is not parallel to wealthier, better educated.
(D) thrust into a world dominated by more wealthy, educated, and polished people than him -Same error as A
(E) thrust into a world dominated by wealthier, better-educated, and more polished people than he- Correct answer choice

I don't think this concept is tested on GMAT but still good to know.
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This question is skating on very thin ice and hence is unlikely tobe a GMAT candidate.

The debate hinges around than ‘he’ or ‘him’. This is an unending debate that whenever you consider ‘than’ as a preposition, the object pronoun ‘him’ is correct and whenever ‘than’ is used as a conjunction, the subject pronoun ‘he’ is better, as after all, a conjunction joins clauses.

For those who doubt whether ‘he’ is a clause, the argument forwarded is that the actual meaning is ‘he is’ and so good enough. But IMO, I doubt whether GMAT would like to base a question on such a thin difference, as we have seen in so many cases in which GMAC steers clear of controversial issues.

To make life simple, some have suggested that it will be better to write out the full sentence without any ellipsis. So choice C could be an effective answer generally, except that, choice C in this context is using a wrong tense ‘had been’. Why ‘had been’ thrust is wrong here? Because ‘he was a small Midwesterner’, an earlier occurrence than his being thrust into a new world, has been marked by a simple past.

Finally therefore, at gunpoint, perhaps E
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Shouldn't it be "than himself" vrs. "him". Thats how I got to E

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There is something weird about Choice E.

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(E) thrust into a world dominated by wealthier, better-educated, and more polished people than he


First, if than is being used a conjunction, then there should be a clause after He; We might say the verb is elided after the subject he—but the vital question is—what is the elided verb .When you elide, the actual word should be present verbatim earlier. It cannot be ‘dominated’ because ‘dominated’ is not a verb here; it is a past participle.
For that matter, we cannot use an action verb here, after ‘he’ as there is no action verb in the prior part of the clause but for only a linking verb ‘was”
That is the reason we have to surmise that ‘than’ is used as preposition here, in which case, we cannot use ‘he”
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so there's nothing wrong with "who"? the problem lies in the comparism and he or him?
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A. he was ... who was is too wordy.

B & C ... wrong use who

Betwn D & E

D dominated by more wealthy, educated, and polished people
E. dominated by wealthier, better-educated, and more polished

IMO E



daagh why the usage of who is wrong here

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could someone pls provide the explanation for this question?

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E is the answer because who goes with he.

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The man was always aware, sometimes proudly and sometimes resentfully, that he was a small-town Midwesterner who was thrust into a world that was
dominated by wealthier, better-educated, and more polished people than him.

(A) who was thrust into a world that was dominated by wealthier, better-educated, and more polished people than him
(B) who had been thrust into a world that was dominated by more wealthy, educated, and polished people than him
(C) who had been thrust into a world dominated by wealthier, better-educated, and people more polished than he was
(D) thrust into a world dominated by more wealthy, educated, and polished people than him
(E) thrust into a world dominated by wealthier, better-educated, and more
polished people than he

pls EXPLAIN your answer.

thanks.


So this question is a really good example of how relying on your ear can sometimes fail you. Many native speakers think that the correct pronoun is "him" but the man is the subject and we are comparing him so technically "E" is the right answer. And native speakers shouldn't feel ashamed because there is a lot of apocryphal grammar advice instilled into even natural born American citizens at a young age.

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