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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

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27 Mar 2009, 05:36
ugimba wrote:
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

It should be C). Please confirm.
1) - for guiding make sense compared to others.
2) - Harriet Turbman, an escaped slave herself, ("an escaped slave herself" identifies the noun).
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27 Mar 2009, 05:48
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ugimba wrote:
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

It should be C). Please confirm.
1) - for guiding make sense compared to others.
2) - Harriet Turbman, an escaped slave herself, ("an escaped slave herself" identifies the noun).

I too chose C but that is not the answer
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27 Mar 2009, 07:09
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A ..it should be imo
in C...for guiding looks wrong

in general we dont say :

though he has resigned, he returned for managing us.

we say:

though he has resigned, he returned to manage us.
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27 Mar 2009, 07:14
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"herself" is needed to emphasize that HT was also a slave
hence A

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
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27 Mar 2009, 07:17
nitya34 wrote:
"herself" is needed to emphasize that HT was also a slave
hence A

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

Hey thanks. But between HT and herself, there is a comma in between ... I thought this is weird, isn't it?

can you explain a bit more on this..?

Thanks.
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27 Mar 2009, 07:32
I am not 100% perfect in GMAT Grammer
Manhattan SC book(latest edition) and discussions in this forum have taught me everything
so what i do is first eliminate based PoE rule
Modifier wise only A and C are correct

Never thought of Comma earlier
I feel its perfect as the whole "herself an escaped slave" is modifying "Harriet Tubman "

as i know I will get 60-90 seconds to react to an easy SC Q. Moreover, my CR speed sucks
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27 Mar 2009, 07:40
nitya34 wrote:
I am not 100% perfect in GMAT Grammer
Manhattan SC book(latest edition) and discussions in this forum have taught me everything
so what i do is first eliminate based PoE rule
Modifier wise only A and C are correct

Never thought of Comma earlier
I feel its perfect as the whole "herself an escaped slave" is modifying "Harriet Tubman "

as i know I will get 60-90 seconds to react to an easy SC Q. Moreover, my CR speed sucks

haha ... OK ... Didn't ask anything abt CR in this thread though

I am also in the same boat. My problem is I made more mistakes in first 75 questions (SC) than the remaining questions from OG SC section. I think it should be otherway around but I have no clues why I am making more mistakes in supposedly considered easy ones (first 75 questions of OG in SC) than remaining SC questions (considered harder, I think) ....
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27 Mar 2009, 07:49
I know I am off-topic

regarding yr Q on the first and last Set of SC Qs

"I feel it happens to everyone". Atleast it happens to me in SC simply because "toughness" is a relative word and also grading is done by "generic" methods by a pool of learned GMAC Tutors
I may be weak in tense but I am strong in "S-V" and "Modifiers"
so Q XXX (say, S-V) may look easy whereas Q YY may look tough for me

for Einstein "tensor analysis" was like "algebra"

for most of us , its "hebrew"-hard nut to crack

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27 Mar 2009, 08:12
nitya34 wrote:
I know I am off-topic

regarding yr Q on the first and last Set of SC Qs

"I feel it happens to everyone". Atleast it happens to me in SC simply because "toughness" is a relative word and also grading is done by "generic" methods by a pool of learned GMAC Tutors
I may be weak in tense but I am strong in "S-V" and "Modifiers"
so Q XXX (say, S-V) may look easy whereas Q YY may look tough for me

for Einstein "tensor analysis" was like "algebra"

for most of us , its "hebrew"-hard nut to crack

totally agreed. venting does good to the brain

by anychance, do you have 1000 SC- correct sheet (rectified answers document--errata sheet) if there are/is any?
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27 Mar 2009, 19:40
Ans is between A and C.

It is A because GMAT prefers second verb to be in infinitive. So, to guide will be preferred over for guiding.
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28 Mar 2009, 03:13
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Ans is between A and C.

It is A because GMAT prefers second verb to be in infinitive. So, to guide will be preferred over for guiding.

OA is A.
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28 Mar 2009, 07:12
C and D are wrong. "for guiding" and "so as to be"
E is wrong since the first part is wrong.
Between A and B, A is more apt since B has "so as to"
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14 Oct 2010, 10:06
to guide is better one as it is used to express a purpose
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14 Oct 2010, 13:08
ugimba wrote:
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

I choose A.
D and E- Outright wrong.
B- being is not necessary here. It makes the sentence wordier.
C- Not happy with the progressive tense.
A- grammatically correct and the most concise answer among the given choices. Moreover, the use of infinitive is preferred here. The use of infinitive is preferred when there is a deliberate intention whereas the use of and -Ing form is preferred to show the result of a main clause.
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15 Oct 2010, 12:07
I went for C. that's a reminder that TO DO is preferred to FOR DOING.
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23 Dec 2010, 11:32
yea. in A, 'herself as an escaped salve' after comma doesnt look good. modifier rule is wrong here.
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21 Mar 2011, 07:33
I chose B, forgot that in the GMAT 'being' is not too test-friendly..
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21 Mar 2011, 07:42
whats the difference between ' herself an escaped slave' and 'an escaped slave herself ' ? is there no difference ?
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30 Oct 2012, 04:52
(A) herself an escaped slave, returned again and again to Maryland to guide - Usage of the idiom 'to guide' is correct here.

(B) being an escaped slave herself, returned again and again to Maryland so as to guide - Redundant

(C) an escaped slave herself, returned again and again to Maryland for guiding - Awkward

(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 - Awkward / Wordy

(A) is correct
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