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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

(C) 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
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Re: SC: Participle or the infinitive? [#permalink] New post 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.
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I agree with C. I used the same logic of looking at the comma to eliminate E.
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Re: SC: Participle or the infinitive? [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2008, 07:40
cool, thanks guys, the OA is indeed C. it makes sense now.
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Re: SC: Participle or the infinitive? [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2008, 22:51
The sentence has modifier issue

(A) a method to protect (“military equipment” cannot modify “a method” – Eliminate it)

(B) as a method protecting (“military equipment” cannot modify “as a method” – Eliminate it)

(C) protecting (“military equipment” can modify “protecting” – Hold it)

(D) as a protection of (“military equipment” cannot modify “as a protection” – Eliminate it)

(E) to protect (“military equipment” cannot modify “to protect” – Eliminate it)

Answer: C
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