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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 the 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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I'd go with A.

"As" isn't necessary after "considered," which is in B, C, and E. Also, "the" is misplaced in both B and D. "Setting free..." is correct usage unlike the forms in C, D, and E.

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I'd go with A.

"As" isn't necessary after "considered," which is in B, C, and E. Also, "the" is misplaced in both B and D. "Setting free..." is correct usage unlike the forms in C, D, and E.



OA is A. thanks. I thought 'the' is misplaced in A ... hmmm..thanks now I know that 'the more than 500' rather than 'more than the 500' ...

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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 the 500 slaves who were legally considered

(E) and he set free the more than 500 slaves who were legally considered as

please explain your answers in detail..thanks in advance.
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Putting 'and' as the start of the second clause separates the act of separation from the deed of emancipation, and that is clearly not the case, eliminating C, D and E.

B is incorrect because "more than the 500 slaves" seems to imply that his deed of emancipation freed some slaves that were not his legally. "The more than 500 slaves" clearly points that all freed slaves were considered his legally.

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Putting 'and' as the start of the second clause separates the act of separation from the deed of emancipation, and that is clearly not the case, eliminating C, D and E.

B is incorrect because "more than the 500 slaves" seems to imply that his deed of emancipation freed some slaves that were not his legally. "The more than 500 slaves" clearly points that all freed slaves were considered his legally.


thanks for the response RGM.

I understand your reasoning of 'and' for 'C' and 'D' but in 'E' isn't a separate independent clause started? which should be acceptable?
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i think the crux of the problem here is whether HE set his slaves free, or the act of the filing for emancipation set the slaves free.

if it's the former, then you can definitely use
1) ...., and [subject = he] set free the slaves
2) ..., and HE set free the slaves

both 1) and 2) are really equivalent; the only difference is that we explicitly declared the subject in 2)

if it's the latter, then you should use a -ing participle form to modify the prior verb/clause.
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also, RGM points out the subtlety in the placement of the article "the." the placement determines the meaning completely!

there was another discussion on this forum the other day regarding this... lets see if i can find a link. will edit this post when i find it.
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Good point. I think since E's thought is different from A because of the separate independent clause, E should be considered as suspect.

Also, I'm not sure, but "who were legally considered as" is not idiomatic. Should either be "who were legally considered" or "legally considered as". Emphasis on the not sure.

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Putting 'and' as the start of the second clause separates the act of separation from the deed of emancipation, and that is clearly not the case, eliminating C, D and E.

B is incorrect because "more than the 500 slaves" seems to imply that his deed of emancipation freed some slaves that were not his legally. "The more than 500 slaves" clearly points that all freed slaves were considered his legally.


thanks for the response RGM.

I understand your reasoning of 'and' for 'C' and 'D' but in 'E' isn't a separate independent clause started? which should be acceptable?


Good point. I think since E's thought is different from A because of the separate independent clause, E should be considered as suspect.

Also, I'm not sure, but "who were legally considered as" is not idiomatic. Should either be "who were legally considered" or "legally considered as". Emphasis on the not sure.

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B C and E is wrong as Considered As is a wrong Idiom, consider itself means regard as and ther is no need to have an As after Consider.

D is wrong as it implies there were slaves who were already free, ALTERED INTENT(MGMAT TERM :-) )

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B,C,E are clearly out due to wrong use of idiom. "Consider as" is not correct.

From the rest, A is more logical.

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nice explanation.. thanks all..
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First one Right today ........A it is ............as earlier said here B changes the meaning wit "the " placement and "and" separates it from main clause

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good explanation I had trouble with that one!

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I think the use of 'the ' is nt needed in option A. Chose D.

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Leaving aside the unidiomatic B, C and E, and between A and D, let us get the gist of the matter. The question here is whether he stunned first and then set free the more than 500, as made out in D or he stunned, filed and set free the slaves, all in one action, as pointed in the text. IMO. D substantially alters the intent by a wrong order. Of course the determiner - the - is indeed vital to mean that he released all those under his custody, not leaving out any one. A is the clear choice by logic.
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A. thanks for the nice explanations!

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Guys this question was discussed at least two times.

Please before posting the question search the forum to make sure not to double/triple the number of the same questions.

It is really annoying to see/look through 3 different threads of the same question.
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went with B. but thanks for the explanation

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