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    What does this sentence mean?

    This is the question and the answer from my exam practice:
    What does the author mean by saying that professors and their admires are" officious in arrogating for them a praise to which they have no claim"?

    e)Professors of knowledge and their admirers volunteer unnecessarily to claim without justification praise that is, in fact, unwarranted
    1)Why do we have to here? I think if we have unnecessary in lieu of "~ly" here, a to may exist.
    2) This sentence use double negative " unneccessarily" and "without" so it makes a positive one. The answer choice of this question is e) (the answer provided above), and from its meaning, it could not be a negative but a positive one. Please help me with this

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    1a) volunteer + to-infintive
    1b) The adverb uneccessarily could go after to;i.e., volunteer to uneccessarily claim, but to some writers that would make it ungrammatical as it splits the to-infinitive.

    2) The adverb unneccessarily modifies the verb volunteer, not claim
    and the preposition without modifies justification, meaning unjustified. There isn't a double negative there.

    Having said that, in looking at the entire sentence, I can't seem to make sense of the text question or, for that matter, its answer.
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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    So it's hard to recognize whether it's a double neg. or not. This confuses me

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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    So it's hard to recognize whether it's a double neg. or not. This confuses me
    Sorry. I was typing too fast last time. Uneccessarily modifies the verb volunteer, not claim. And, again, I do not see a double negative in the text answer.

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