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"A number of writers who once greatly ___ the literary critic have recently recanted, substituting ___ for their former criticism.
A. lauded … censure
B. influenced … analysis
C. simulated … ambivalence
D. disparaged … approbation
E. honored … adulation"

I chose D. But someone said A would be better. I don't think so. Because I don't think there would be many writers who would like the criticism on their writings.

What do you think? Thanks!
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D, for "disparaged" corresponds to "former criticism"
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Yes, D.

With A, 'criticism' would have to approximate to 'lauding'.

MrP
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