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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 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.

a. on account of writing
b. on account of his writing
c. because he wrote
d. because of writing
e. as having written

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Question : Is it always wise to have +ing type answers as second option when a simple form is available?

Originally posted by praveenvino on 25 Sep 2011, 11:05.
Last edited by Mahmud6 on 16 Nov 2017, 09:41, edited 2 times in total.
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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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New post 19 Feb 2015, 04:06
Hey one questions on this one:

I understand the correct answer, but I would like to ask about this one:

"On account of his writing". This is wrong because of "his"? It should have been "him"?
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New post 09 Sep 2015, 11:33
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Hey one questions on this one:

I understand the correct answer, but I would like to ask about this one:

"On account of his writing". This is wrong because of "his"? It should have been "him"?


Grammatically and syntactically, yes. "On account of him writing" would be correct. However, the correct answer would nonetheless still be C since the two answers are logically equivalent but C uses less words.
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New post 09 Sep 2015, 18:36
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this is similar to og question " golden crap because of"

we need to know GERUND, to solve this problem. gmat said it dose not test hard grammar rules but knowledge of gerund is hard grammar rules which is not taught in grammar book or english class. now one can know how to sove this.

the test of gerund is much on gmat. because gmat consider this point important but all of englsih class and grammar book do not explain this point fully and we fail.
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New post 23 Jan 2020, 09:35
GMATNinja VeritasKarishma please explain a vs c?
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