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During the early years of European settlement on a continent that was viewed as “wilderness” by the newcomers, Native Americans, intimately knowing the ecology of the land, were a help in the rescuing of many Pilgrims and pioneers from hardship, or even death.
(A) Native Americans, intimately knowing the ecology of the land, were a help in the rescuing of
(B) Native Americans knew the ecology and the land intimately and this enabled them to help in the rescue of
(C) Native Americans, with their intimate knowledge of the ecology of the land, helped to rescue
(D) having intimate knowledge of the ecology of the land, Native Americans helped the rescue of
(E) knowing intimately the ecology of the land, Native Americans helped to rescue
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23 Feb 2008, 10:39
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Native Americans, with their intimate knowledge of the ecology of the land, helped to rescue

Eliminated D and E because of the ambiguity of modifying phrases "having..."/"knowing"
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23 Feb 2008, 10:57
goalsnr wrote:
During the early years of European settlement on a continent that was viewed as “wilderness” by the newcomers, Native Americans, intimately knowing the ecology of the land, were a help in the rescuing of many Pilgrims and pioneers from hardship, or even death.
(A) Native Americans, intimately knowing the ecology of the land, were a help in the rescuing of
(B) Native Americans knew the ecology and the land intimately and this enabled them to help in the rescue of
(C) Native Americans, with their intimate knowledge of the ecology of the land, helped to rescue
(D) having intimate knowledge of the ecology of the land, Native Americans helped the rescue of
(E) knowing intimately the ecology of the land, Native Americans helped to rescue

B over C. C has help + to constrction, which should be wrong.
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23 Feb 2008, 11:05
Clear C.

D & E eliminated, coz of misplaced modifiers.
A & B are too verbose.
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23 Feb 2008, 11:05
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B over C. C has help + to constrction, which should be wrong.

problems in B >

(B) Native Americans knew the ecology and the land intimately and this enabled them to help in the rescue of

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23 Feb 2008, 11:10
Must agree with C.

B is just awkward and verbose.

C. states concisely that the Native American knew the ecology of the land and this helped them to rescue many pilgrims.
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23 Feb 2008, 11:16
I think the correct idiom is "help to rescue" not "help in the rescue of". I not very convinced that the ecology of the land is correct, but I go with C.
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23 Feb 2008, 11:18
srp wrote:
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B over C. C has help + to constrction, which should be wrong.

(B) Native Americans knew the ecology and the land intimately and this enabled them to help in the rescue of

It should be ecology of the land, as in the original stmt, instead of ecology and the land.
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23 Feb 2008, 12:07
Not sure about this but I think "viewed" and "helped" are parallel and this is another reason why the answer should be C and not B...
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24 Feb 2008, 14:00
goalsnr wrote:
During the early years of European settlement on a continent that was viewed as “wilderness” by the newcomers, Native Americans, intimately knowing the ecology of the land, were a help in the rescuing of many Pilgrims and pioneers from hardship, or even death.
(A) Native Americans, intimately knowing the ecology of the land, were a help in the rescuing of
(B) Native Americans knew the ecology and the land intimately and this enabled them to help in the rescue of
(C) Native Americans, with their intimate knowledge of the ecology of the land, helped to rescue
(D) having intimate knowledge of the ecology of the land, Native Americans helped the rescue of
(E) knowing intimately the ecology of the land, Native Americans helped to rescue

OA is C.

Below is my reasoning.

help in the rescuing/rescue is incorrect . A,B are out.
D,E are out for dangling modifiers.
C wins.
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