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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
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28 Jun 2008, 13:42
This is OG Problem.

(A) a method to protect
"Military equipments" cannot be method.

(B) as a method protecting
"Military equipments" cannot be method.

(C) protecting
Correct.

(D) as a protection of
"Military equipments" as a protection does not go well.

(E) to protect
"Military equipments" to protect does not go well.
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29 Jun 2008, 00:08
I still don't understand why "to protect" is wrong here" and "protecting" is right?

What is wrong in,

If I write as,

I) "The warriors used animal-hide shields with wooden frames as essential items of military equipment, to protect themselves."

II) The Animal hide shields with wooden frames were essential items of military equipment to protect the warriors.

III) The Animal hide shields with wooden frames were essential items of military equipment protecting the warriors.
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29 Jun 2008, 04:36
OK Lets put it this way.

What are military equipments doing?
"protecting" warriors. Or you should say "used to protect" warriors. But you cannot say "to protect" warriors. Hope this makes it clear.
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29 Jun 2008, 07:44
Honestly it took me more than a minute to answer this. Here's my reasoning

I chose C

D was the first option that i eliminated as

, as a protection of what?? warriors ??....well we never say as a protection of who...do we?? .....nonetheless both are not idiomatic...

A and B were out because weapons are forms of self - defense and not ways/methods of self-defense. We can say Karate is method but do we say knife/gun is a method??....errrr no...

I got stuck with E, cause 'to protect someone' is grammatically correct , such as 'I want you to protect him', but the issue now comes down to modifiers. So in our previous example we would not go about writing 'I want you, to protect him' but the usage of 'x, protecting him' where protecting modifies x is the right usage. Trust me the ',' makes the difference here....
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