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In 1791 Robert Carter III, one of the wealthiest plantation

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In 1791 Robert Carter III, one of the wealthiest plantation owners in Virginia, stunned his family, friends, and neighbors by filing a deed of emancipation, setting free the more than 500 slaves who were legally considered his property.

(A) setting free the more than 500 slaves who were legally considered
(B) setting free more than the 500 slaves legally considered as
(C) and set free more than 500 slaves, who were legally considered as
(D) and set free more than 500 slaves who were legally considered
(E) and he set free the more than 500 slaves who were legally considered as

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In 1791 Robert Carter III, one of the wealthiest plantation owners in Virginia, stunned his family, friends, and neighbors by filing a deed of emancipation, setting free the more than 500 slaves who were legally considered his property.

(A) setting free the more than 500 slaves who were legally considered
BEST ANSWER filing and setting should be parallell.
(B) setting free more than the 500 slaves legally considered as
more than the is awkward.

(C) and set free more than 500 slaves, who were legally considered as
this is a 2/3 split (setting) is the right choice. So we eliminate C, D & E.
(D) and set free more than 500 slaves who were legally considered
(E) and he set free the more than 500 slaves who were legally considered as

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In 1791 Robert Carter III, one of the wealthiest plantation owners in Virginia, stunned his family, friends, and neighbors by filing a deed of emancipation, setting free the more than 500 slaves who were legally considered his property.

(A) setting free the more than 500 slaves who were legally considered
(B) setting free more than the 500 slaves legally considered as
(C) and set free more than 500 slaves, who were legally considered as
(D) and set free more than 500 slaves who were legally considered
(E) and he set free the more than 500 slaves who were legally considered as


A. "setting free the more than 500 slaves who were legally considered" is a modifying phrase. It modifies whole clause.

"setting" has nothing to do with "filing". Its a mare coincident that both are in participle form.
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A, I'm not sure tho but you would think you'd see a comma before who. I guess since the clause is at the end of the sentence instead of the middle it doesn't need one, or is it because there is a the there: "the more than 500 slaves who were" instead of "more than 500 slaves, who were"....could someone clear that issue up for me?

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C, D and E can be eliminated straight away.

The deed of emancipation set the slaves free. Thus the slaves being freed is subordinate to the signing of the deed of emancipation.

In C,D and E, with 'and set ... ', it implies that the subject set the slaves free in a separate action from the signing of the deed of emancipation.

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