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Sentence Correction: Preposition and Idiom Questions - Overview

Frederick Douglass' belief in Abraham Lincoln was of him being without racial prejudice; yet this was contradicted by the great anti-slavery leader and former slave himself in an 1876 speech when he called Lincoln a "pre-eminently white man's President".

Incorrect.

This answer choice is stylistically flawed. The phrase Frederick Douglass' belief in Abraham Lincoln was of him being is redundant and awkward. Look for an answer choice which conveys the same meaning in a more concise manner.

Incorrect.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. The relative pronoun which follows the noun Frederick Douglass, instead of belief. Which cannot modify humans. Furthermore, the entire relative clause is intended to modify belief, because Douglass's belief (and not Douglass himself) was contradicted.

In addition, this answer choice is stylistically flawed. The phrase That Abraham Lincoln was without racial prejudice was a belief of is redundant and awkward.

Incorrect.

While this answer choice corrects the stylistic flaw in the original question, it is grammatically incorrect. The phrase contradicted in is non-idiomatic. The verb contradict does not require a preposition after it.

Incorrect.

This answer choice changes the original meaning of the sentence by changing the position of the time expression when. While in the original sentence the contradiction was made when Douglass called Lincoln etc., in this answer choice the relationship is reversedwhen the contradiction was made, Douglass called Lincoln etc.

In addition, the phrase Abraham Lincoln being without racial prejudice is redundant and awkward.

Well done!

This answer choice correct the original stylistic flaw by changing the awkward phrase Frederick Douglass' belief in Abraham Lincoln was of him being into a more straightforward subject + conjugated verb construction: Frederick Douglass believed that Abraham Lincoln was devoid of [...].

Frederick Douglass' belief in Abraham Lincoln was of him being without racial prejudice; yet this was contradicted by the great anti-slavery leader and former slave himself in an 1876 speech when
That Abraham Lincoln was without racial prejudice was a belief of Frederick Douglass, which was contradicted by the great anti-slavery leader and former slave himself when in an 1876 speech
Frederick Douglass, the great anti-slavery leader and former slave, believed that Abraham Lincoln was not racially prejudiced, but contradicted in this belief in an 1876 speech when
Frederick Douglass believed in Abraham Lincoln being without racial prejudice, but when the great anti-slavery leader and former slave contradicted this in an 1876 speech
Frederick Douglass believed that Abraham Lincoln was devoid of racial prejudice; yet the great anti-slavery leader and former slave contradicted this belief in an 1876 speech when