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# The man was always aware, sometimes proudly and sometimes

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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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12 Aug 2007, 16:58
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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

thanks.

i cannot explain it any better than Paul.
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12 Aug 2007, 22:35
E

It's between the two he's, and the first one violates parallelism.

We want the subjective pronoun not the objective pronoun. was is the past tense of is, and everytime you have is, you use the subjective pronoun.
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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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27 Oct 2009, 06:42
A,B,C are out coz of wordiness and wrong usage of who

Between E and D

E is right coz it uses he at the end.(objective case)
D wrong for using him (subjective case)

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28 Oct 2009, 06:21
I will go with C,because of passive voice and fore proper comparision
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28 Oct 2009, 07:07
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
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29 Oct 2009, 17:13
who refers to midwesterner, Is that usage wrong?

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30 Oct 2009, 05:31
I'll go with C because of the "than he was" ... a lot of "he was" in the sentence. This makes the parallelism
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02 Nov 2009, 01:11
guys in my analysis "that he was a should be followed by a verb like thrust, so D and E ,now in D more wealthy, educated, and polished is something lke more wealthy, more educated, and more polished ,which is less better than wealthier, better-educated, and more polished ,so E should be the correct Ans.

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02 Nov 2009, 09:28
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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

I would have gone with E if it was not for the 'he' at the end.
IMO it should be 'than him'.
wealthier, better-educated, and more polished people than 'who'? -> he
wealthier, better-educated, and more polished people than 'whom'? -> him
i think the 'whom' version of questions above is more appropriate

Cant come up with an alternative answer though
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02 Nov 2009, 22:04
IMO C

"Who" is required for a clear sentence.
"Than he was" give a better comparison.
"HAD BEEN THRUST" is the correct verb form.

Moreover, it has correct adjective usage.
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hai guys, the answer is E. The explanation is as follows

In comparative expressions (such as "more than" or "better than" or "smarter than") followed by a
pronoun, the case, again, is important. In everyday speech, most people use the objective case
when they should use the subjective case.
Faulty Usage
I liked it better than her.
She does it more than me.
My sisters are smarter than them.
Tip: As a guide to correct usage, in your mind, add the verb that is understood but not stated: I
liked it better than she ["did" is understood]. She does it more than I ["do" is understood]. My
sisters are smarter than they ["are" is understood]
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01 Sep 2011, 13:26
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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

Parallelism: 'wealthier, better-educated and more polished...' is correct ---> eliminates B, C, and D
Rule of thumb: 'who' goes with 'he'; 'whom' goes with 'him'. ---> eliminates A
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09 Jun 2012, 22:37
is it necessary to use past participle in this question. what is the correct form

paula is better shooter than him
or
paula is better shooter than he

this comparison always kills me.....
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alchemist009 wrote:
is it necessary to use past participle in this question. what is the correct form

paula is better shooter than him
or
paula is better shooter than he

this comparison always kills me.....

This is what I do to solve the ambiguity. Put a verb after the pronoun.
1) Paula is a better shooter than he is .... ?
2) Paula is a better shooter than him is .... ?

Which one of the above do you think is correct?

Others might have something better to add.
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30 Aug 2012, 08:04
Vishwa25 wrote:
alchemist009 wrote:
is it necessary to use past participle in this question. what is the correct form

paula is better shooter than him
or
paula is better shooter than he

this comparison always kills me.....

This is what I do to solve the ambiguity. Put a verb after the pronoun.
1) Paula is a better shooter than he is .... ?
2) Paula is a better shooter than him is .... ?

Which one of the above do you think is correct?

Others might have something better to add.

Nice suggestion Vishwa. Makes sense!
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31 Aug 2012, 02:22
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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

What is wrong with option (B) . I think it is correct .
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31 Aug 2012, 02:23
sacmanitin wrote:
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

What is wrong with option (B) . I think it is correct .
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31 Aug 2012, 03:55
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 world that was dominated by X, Y, and more polished people than him.

He is taller than I is gramamtically apt than He is taller than me

Thus C & E stays back

(C) a world dominated by ................................people more polished.......

(E) a world dominated by ................................more polished people........

This allows us to easily chop off C ( keeping aside other errors in C = the list contains wealthier / better educated = this incorrectly pairs up with people more polished )

leading to E , my take

Apart from this : B is wrong because =

B : a world that was dominated by ......................................polished people than X : Polished , LESS or MORE , Incomplete Comparison = Eliminated
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