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# Ancient Egyptian mummies were doused with natron, a compound

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Ancient Egyptian mummies were doused with natron, a compound that absorbs water and prevents bacterial growth, and wrapped in cloth to prevent from decomposing.

(A) to prevent from
(B) in order that they would stop
(C) in order to stop from
(D) to prevent
(E) to prevent them from

Simple question but please explain the reason, I didn't understand knewton's explanation!
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I got confused between A and E. Can someone explain the difference between the two.
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30 Aug 2010, 19:44
OA is E. We need 'them' to refer back mummies correctly.

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31 Aug 2010, 08:18
I was confused between D and E...picked D...

Agree with E.
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24 May 2017, 23:47
Ancient Egyptian mummies were doused with natron, a compound that absorbs water and prevents bacterial growth, and wrapped in cloth to prevent from decomposing.

(A) to prevent from
(B) in order that they would stop
(C) in order to stop from
(D) to prevent
(E) to prevent them from

Ancient Egyptian mummies were wrapped in cloth to prevent Ancient Egyptian mummies from decomposing. ? I don't think this makes sense.
Ancient Egyptian mummies were wrapped in cloth to prevent decomposing.
I chose this answer . i.e. D can someone explain me how E is better than D .
If prevent from is IDIOM, answer option a would sound great. right! ?
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25 May 2017, 03:07
yossarian84 wrote:
Ancient Egyptian mummies were doused with natron, a compound that absorbs water and prevents bacterial growth, and wrapped in cloth to prevent from decomposing.

(A) to prevent from
(B) in order that they would stop
(C) in order to stop from
(D) to prevent
(E) to prevent them from

Simple question but please explain the reason, I didn't understand knewton's explanation!

first of all please remember an idiom
Prevent from is a correct idiom
so only a and E are possilbe.
but actually we want to know what you want to prevent. definetely we want to prevent Ancient Egyptian mummies. so we need them without them meaning is not clear.
Hence E is correct
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25 May 2017, 03:08
Nightmare007 wrote:
Ancient Egyptian mummies were doused with natron, a compound that absorbs water and prevents bacterial growth, and wrapped in cloth to prevent from decomposing.

(A) to prevent from
(B) in order that they would stop
(C) in order to stop from
(D) to prevent
(E) to prevent them from

Ancient Egyptian mummies were wrapped in cloth to prevent Ancient Egyptian mummies from decomposing. ? I don't think this makes sense.
Ancient Egyptian mummies were wrapped in cloth to prevent decomposing.
I chose this answer . i.e. D can someone explain me how E is better than D .
If prevent from is IDIOM, answer option a would sound great. right! ?
Thank you

Its idiom, Prevent A from B. Thats why compared to option A and D,its option E which has the correct usage of idiom.

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-prep ... ioms-from/
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25 May 2017, 03:52
sandaki wrote:
Nightmare007 wrote:
Ancient Egyptian mummies were doused with natron, a compound that absorbs water and prevents bacterial growth, and wrapped in cloth to prevent from decomposing.

(A) to prevent from
(B) in order that they would stop
(C) in order to stop from
(D) to prevent
(E) to prevent them from

Ancient Egyptian mummies were wrapped in cloth to prevent Ancient Egyptian mummies from decomposing. ? I don't think this makes sense.
Ancient Egyptian mummies were wrapped in cloth to prevent decomposing.
I chose this answer . i.e. D can someone explain me how E is better than D .
If prevent from is IDIOM, answer option a would sound great. right! ?
Thank you

Its idiom, Prevent A from B. Thats why compared to option A and D,its option E which has the correct usage of idiom.

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-prep ... ioms-from/

you are correct .
in such constructionyou need to tell what you are preventing.
that is why idiom prevent ............. from ...............
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