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# SC: OG# 9 - Protecting/to protect

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SC: OG# 9 - Protecting/to protect [#permalink]

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This is a OG# 9 SC question and I have the OA/OE too. However I couldn't completely understand the OE. Could someone explain?

For members of the 17th century Ashanthi nation in Africa, animal-hide shields with wooden frames were essential items of military equipment, a method to protect warriors against enemy arrows and spears.

1) a method to protect
2) as a method protecting
3) protecting
4) as a protection of
5) to protect

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19 Oct 2005, 08:55
I think it is C for the subordinate clause. If I`m right, I`ll try to explain further...

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19 Oct 2005, 09:43
There are 2 choices

C & E

E would be better if it is 'USED' to protect

I would go with C

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19 Oct 2005, 13:15
OA is C (3).

Could you please explain in simple terms (I am weak in Grammar)?

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19 Oct 2005, 13:31
It is a straight C. The reason is that whenever we use a modifier it needs to be in present participle form.
In this question protecting is modifying the animal-hide-shield. so animal hide shield is not a method, so A , B and D is out.
E is out because it needs to be in particlple form because of the modifier.

So C is the only choice.
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19 Oct 2005, 19:02
1) 'a method' is redundant
2) same as A
3) protecting
4) 'of' is not appropriate
5) to protect

Go with C. 'to protect' would not be good with the comma in front of it (as in the original sentence)

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Re: SC: OG# 9 - Protecting/to protect [#permalink]

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19 Oct 2005, 23:37
I thought it should be E. since we are talking about members of 17th century its a past tense, and hence to protect would be the right usage. Can someone correct my mistake.

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22 Oct 2005, 14:40
For members of the 17th century Ashanthi nation in Africa, animal-hide shields with wooden frames were essential items of military equipment,a method to protect warriors against enemy arrows and spears.

1) a method to protect ----which was a method of protect modify military equipment, however millitary equipment is not a method.
2) as a method protecting --- as+ clause
3) protecting--suboninate clause --which protects warriors against.........
4) as a protection of --- as +clause
5) to protect--If you delete comma behind equipment, a sentence will be corrected and better than choice C

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22 Oct 2005, 14:47
Sorry a little confuse!!!!
For members of the 17th century Ashanthi nation in Africa, animal-hide shields with wooden frames were essential items of military equipment,a method to protect warriors against enemy arrows and spears.

1) a method to protect ----which was a method to protect modify military equipment, however millitary equipment is not a method.
2) as a method protecting --- as+ clause ---like is better, you must delete a method but still wordy
3) protecting--suboninate clause --which protected warriors against.........
4) as a protection of --- as +clause---like is better,but still wordy
5) to protect--If you delete comma behind equipment, a sentence will be corrected and better than choice C

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