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# For members of the seventeenth-century Ashanti nation in Afr

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For members of the seventeenth-century Ashanti nation in Afr [#permalink]  02 Aug 2004, 09:42
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

please explain your choice and why others wrong..

To me , A or C would work fine..

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[#permalink]  02 Aug 2004, 09:52
C seems better to me
First, I prefer gerund form as it is more concise than reiterating subject in A. Next, and certainly most importantly, the first part talks about animal shields which were... How can the last sentence revert to "a method" singular?
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[#permalink]  02 Aug 2004, 18:11
agree with Paul.

furthermore, "a method to protect" modifies "essential items of military equipment" not shields.

C (gerund) clearly explains what they used during that time.
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[#permalink]  04 Aug 2004, 22:58
I'd go with E.
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[#permalink]  04 Aug 2004, 23:38
E

Paul - is 'protecting' a gerund here, or it is verb?
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[#permalink]  04 Aug 2004, 23:53
My choice is E.

Straight and simple.
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Re: Ashanti nation [#permalink]  06 Aug 2004, 04:59
I am with C.

My reasoning is follows. 'They are essential items protecting warriors' is correct and indicates the action of the items. Others donot work well with the sentence. 'to protect' is conveying the meaning but does not look idiomatic, especially in the past tense.

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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

please explain your choice and why others wrong..

To me , A or C would work fine..

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[#permalink]  06 Aug 2004, 06:20
whitehorse wrote:
E

Paul - is 'protecting' a gerund here, or it is verb?

protecting would be a present participle introducing a participial phrase. Participial phrases act as adjectives. Here ""protecting warriors against enemy arrows and spears" acts as an adjective providing extra information about "military equipment"
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Re: Ashanti nation [#permalink]  08 Apr 2014, 04:42
Vote for E to protect
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Re: Ashanti nation [#permalink]  22 Apr 2014, 08:00
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Here is an explanation we provided a student who asked about this same question:

http://www.gmatpill.com/practice-questi ... orrection/

When answering these questions, it is important to have the right thought process. Reading answers and explanations from a prep book will only get you so far. Having the right thought process when you answer these questions will minimize the amount of time you spend on a question and answer it effefectively.

First, when you read this question, you should immediately find the subject.

The subject is the “animal-hide shields”. I have no idea what “animal-hide shields” are and the GMAT often uses these obscure and esoteric phrases to confuse you. In your mind, you should be replacing “animal-hide shields” with “special type of shields”

Let’s take a look at the text surrounding the underlined portion:

animal-hide shields with wooden frames were essential items of military equipment, a method to protect warriors against enemy arrows and spears.

Black in bold = main expression
Red in bold = descriptive phrase
Aha! There is a COMMA (,) right next to the underlined text.

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