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# William Sydney Porter, who began writing while he was in

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William Sydney Porter, who began writing while he was in prison for embezzlement, was seeking anonymity when he chose the pseudonym O. Henry.

(A)...
(B) was seeking that he might be anonymous when he chose
(C) was seeking for anonymity and therefore chose
(D) sought anonymity in the choosing of
(E) sought to be anonymous in that he chose

1. What's the difference between "seeking anonymity" and seeking for anonymity" in terms of meaning?

2. Is the reason that C isn't the OA the part " therefore chose"? or "seeking for anonymity" also sounds awkward ?
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03 Apr 2012, 17:56
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1. What's the difference between "seeking anonymity" and seeking for anonymity" in terms of meaning?

2. Is the reason that C isn't the OA the part " therefore chose"? or "seeking for anonymity" also sounds awkward ?

I wish I could remember under which rule of grammar this falls (can anyone else save the day here?) but the short answer for both questions is that one would never say "seeking for x". One would always say "searching for x" to convey the same meaning as "seeking x".
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23 Apr 2012, 11:34
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William Sydney Porter, who began writing while he was in prison for embezzlement, was seeking anonymity when he chose the pseudonym O. Henry.

(A)...
(B) was seeking that he might be anonymous when he chose
(C) was seeking for anonymity and therefore chose
(D) sought anonymity in the choosing of
(E) sought to be anonymous in that he chose

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1. What's the difference between "seeking anonymity" and seeking for anonymity" in terms of meaning?

seeking anonymity - you want to be anonymous
seeking for anonymity - seeking for anonymity as if anonymity is a lost entity e.g. seeking for pen
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2. Is the reason that C isn't the OA the part " therefore chose"? or "seeking for anonymity" also sounds awkward ?

"seeking for anonymity" is incorrect as explained above

(B) was seeking that he might be anonymous when he chose was seeking what ??
(C) was seeking for anonymity and therefore chose seeking for anonymity - INCORRECT
(D) sought anonymity in the choosing of - how can anonymity can be sought in something ??
(E) sought to be anonymous in that he chose - in that - INCORRECT
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