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In The Divine Comedy, the pagan poet Virgil appears as an

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In The Divine Comedy, the pagan poet Virgil appears as an [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2011, 11:05
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In The Divine Comedy, the pagan poet Virgil appears as an appropriate guide through Hell and Purgatory on account of writing the Messianic Eclogue, a poem mistakenly regarded in the Middle Ages as a Christian prophecy.

on account of writing
on account of his writing
because he wrote
because of writing
as having written

Question : Is it always wise to have +ing type answers as second option when a simple form is available?
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Re: having type? [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2011, 02:20
No, it is not always wise.
Sometimes you could have an idiom which must be accompained by -ing form (worth doing) and the other choices may have simpe verb form, but be incorrect in meaning, coincision or subject-verb agreemnt.
So, anyway never reject the answer just because it uses -ing form.
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This appears to be from a Kaplan question of the day. The Official Explanation is as follows:

Answer C - Here the sentence makes clear that Virgil is the guide because he wrote the poem. Choice (C) states this most clearly and concisely and is therefore the correct answer. On account of, because of, and as are all unidiomatic in this context.
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