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# Before the Civil War, Harriet Tubman, herself an escaped

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172. Before the Civil War, Harriet Tubman, herself an escaped slave, returned again and again to Maryland to guide other slaves along the Underground Railroad to freedom.
(A) herself an escaped slave, returned again and again to Maryland to guide
(B) being an escaped slave herself, returned again and again to Maryland so as to guide
(C) an escaped slave herself, returned again and again to Maryland for guiding
(D) herself as an escaped slave, returned again and again to Maryland so as to be the guide of
(E) who had been herself as an escaped slave, returned again and again to Maryland for the guiding of

Why is B wrong? what about the so as to usage is wrong?
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21 Feb 2012, 18:30
A is the clear winner here.

In B, "being an escaped slave herself" is wordy..
In addition, the usage of "so as to" is redundant. A simple "to" would do. (so as to is generally wrong in GMAT; "so X as to" can be correct).

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22 Feb 2012, 09:48
172. Before the Civil War, Harriet Tubman, herself an escaped slave, returned again and again to Maryland to guide other slaves along the Underground Railroad to freedom.
(A) herself an escaped slave, returned again and again to Maryland to guide - correct, tense and to guide
(B) being an escaped slave herself, returned again and again to Maryland so as to guide - present participle incorrect, so as to redundant and awkward
(C) an escaped slave herself, returned again and again to Maryland for guiding - for guiding not correct usage
(D) herself as an escaped slave, returned again and again to Maryland so as to be the guide of - so as to be "awkward"
(E) who had been herself as an escaped slave, returned again and again to Maryland for the guiding of - while sentence awkward
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