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# Ashanti nation

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Ashanti nation [#permalink]  02 Aug 2004, 09:42
For members of the seventeenth-century Ashanti nation in Africa, animal-hide shields with wooden frames were essential items of military equipment, a method to protect warriors against enemy arrows and spears.
(A) a method to protect
(B) as a method protecting
(C) protecting
(D) as a protection of
(E) to protect

To me , A or C would work fine..

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C seems better to me
First, I prefer gerund form as it is more concise than reiterating subject in A. Next, and certainly most importantly, the first part talks about animal shields which were... How can the last sentence revert to "a method" singular?
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agree with Paul.

furthermore, "a method to protect" modifies "essential items of military equipment" not shields.

C (gerund) clearly explains what they used during that time.
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I'd go with E.
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E

Paul - is 'protecting' a gerund here, or it is verb?
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My choice is E.

Straight and simple.
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Re: Ashanti nation [#permalink]  06 Aug 2004, 04:59
I am with C.

My reasoning is follows. 'They are essential items protecting warriors' is correct and indicates the action of the items. Others donot work well with the sentence. 'to protect' is conveying the meaning but does not look idiomatic, especially in the past tense.

afife76 wrote:
For members of the seventeenth-century Ashanti nation in Africa, animal-hide shields with wooden frames were essential items of military equipment, a method to protect warriors against enemy arrows and spears.
(A) a method to protect
(B) as a method protecting
(C) protecting
(D) as a protection of
(E) to protect

To me , A or C would work fine..

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whitehorse wrote:
E

Paul - is 'protecting' a gerund here, or it is verb?

protecting would be a present participle introducing a participial phrase. Participial phrases act as adjectives. Here ""protecting warriors against enemy arrows and spears" acts as an adjective providing extra information about "military equipment"
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Re: Ashanti nation [#permalink]  08 Apr 2014, 04:42
Vote for E to protect
Re: Ashanti nation   [#permalink] 08 Apr 2014, 04:42
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