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

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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
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28 Oct 2006, 10:53
must be A

C D and E have either gerund problems or awkwardness

"being" is B is wrong
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28 Oct 2006, 14:40
"herself an escaped slave" is an appositive of Harriet Tubman and only A has the correct predicate "returned again and again to ...."
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28 Oct 2006, 16:03

I dont know what it means but A looks good
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28 Oct 2006, 20:44
u2lover wrote:
must be A

C D and E have either gerund problems or awkwardness

"being" is B is wrong

Welcome back U2lover girl

"an escaped slave herself" seems a better construction to follow, "Harriet Tubman," than "herself an escaped slave".

I agree..."guiding" in C sounds awkward.

However, I would bet on C.

Not related to question. However interesting fact:

I read an article on Harriet Tubman. She helped around 300 slaves in escaping .
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28 Oct 2006, 23:38
ak_idc wrote:
u2lover wrote:
must be A

C D and E have either gerund problems or awkwardness

"being" is B is wrong

Welcome back U2lover girl

"an escaped slave herself" seems a better construction to follow, "Harriet Tubman," than "herself an escaped slave".

I agree..."guiding" in C sounds awkward.

However, I would bet on C.

thanks... I will be irregular still... can't devote as much time as I had in the summer.

on the other note... I think C is 100% wrong as the gerund use, about which I battled with many members here , is completely wrong. "Guiding" has an intention of an action, which is expressed with a verb, and gerund itself isn't a verb.
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29 Oct 2006, 05:08
u2lover wrote:
must be A

C D and E have either gerund problems or awkwardness

"being" is B is wrong

I concur with U2Lovergirl. "being" is suspect and the positioning of "herself" is awkward.
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29 Oct 2006, 07:35
A is the correct one...
u2loverâ€™s note is helpful to understand why C is wrong..Thanks
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29 Oct 2006, 08:41
u2lover wrote:
ak_idc wrote:
u2lover wrote:
must be A

C D and E have either gerund problems or awkwardness

"being" is B is wrong

Welcome back U2lover girl

"an escaped slave herself" seems a better construction to follow, "Harriet Tubman," than "herself an escaped slave".

I agree..."guiding" in C sounds awkward.

However, I would bet on C.

thanks... I will be irregular still... can't devote as much time as I had in the summer.

on the other note... I think C is 100% wrong as the gerund use, about which I battled with many members here , is completely wrong. "Guiding" has an intention of an action, which is expressed with a verb, and gerund itself isn't a verb.

Can some one expand on the correct use of gerund and infinitives. I got A too. But reading U2lover's post got me confused on why the infinitive is a better form of usage than the gerund.

Any help will be appreciated.
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29 Oct 2006, 09:24
C.

I don't think "Harriet Tubman, herself " works here... unless if it's " Harriet Tubman herself is an escaped slave..."
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29 Oct 2006, 09:41
here is the discussion on gerunds for those who are interested... make sure to scroll all the way down as discussion continues

http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... ht=gerunds
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31 Oct 2006, 22:59
u2lover wrote:
here is the discussion on gerunds for those who are interested... make sure to scroll all the way down as discussion continues

http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... ht=gerunds

I like your gerunds examples but "returned" in "returned again and again to Maryland for guiding" is not a gerund. The main verb of the whole sentence is returned, not guiding.
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01 Nov 2006, 20:21
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u2lover wrote:
here is the discussion on gerunds for those who are interested... make sure to scroll all the way down as discussion continues

http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... ht=gerunds

I like your gerunds examples but "returned" in "returned again and again to Maryland for guiding" is not a gerund. The main verb of the whole sentence is returned, not guiding.

that's right... I never said 'guiding' was a verb... I said it GUIDING has an intention of an action, therefore we must avoid using the gerund in this case
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Re: SC - An escaped slave: punnu [#permalink]

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17 Jun 2007, 21:32
punnu_mba wrote:
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

B is wrong because being is almost always wrong on the GMAT. Moreover, so as to is always wrong. The correct usage is so X as to Y.
Mike was so tall as to reach the top shelf.
It describes the extremeness of Mike's height.

C is wrong because guiding & the gerund issue. see posts above.

D is wrong because of so as to.

E is wrong because the who had been herself as an escaped slave is extremely wordy.
Re: SC - An escaped slave: punnu   [#permalink] 17 Jun 2007, 21:32
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