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For members of the seventeenth-century Ashanti nation in [#permalink]
17 Jan 2008, 12:00
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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
(D) as a protection of
(E) to protect
guys, in this problem, i chose E (but the OA is C) cause i though "to protect" would explain why they were essential. What makes option C better in this case? thanks
Re: SC: Participle or the infinitive? [#permalink]
17 Jan 2008, 12:12
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I think the placement of the comma before the underlined portion is key here. You do not use a comma before an infinitive that expresses purpose - therefore: "..., to protect warriors against...." is incorrect because of the comma.