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Sc: Q39 OG 10E [Discussion required]

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For members of the seventeenth-century Ashanti 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.

A. a method to protect
B. as a method protecting
C. protecting
D. as a protection of
E. to protect




OA is C

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Originally posted by GODSPEED on 25 Oct 2008, 01:25.
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New post 25 Oct 2008, 01:32
If i've been explained this problem for 200times and then asked to attempt this SC for 201st time i will get it wrong (with 100% confidence) for the 201st time! :evil: :evil: :evil:

I easily narrow down the choices to C & D. And always pick D instead of C, which is the OA. And the crappy explanation in OG 10E says "protection" doesn't have clear referent, what the f*&$k??? I think same is applicable to C.

Would really appreciate any words of wisdom!
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New post 25 Oct 2008, 01:49
C.
I am not at explaining but let me try.
the second part of the sentence explains why these shields were essential= this can be best conveyed by using MODIFIER (protecting).
In this case: Because they protected ....= protecting .....

D is out for 2 main reasons:
1) a protection ( singular) doesn;t have clear referent. It must logically refer to SHIELDS , which is plural ( Singular and Plural don't match) but Equipment is also a candidate.
2) In this context there is no need to use AS. The ancient nation saw the shields as protection would have been OK.
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New post 25 Oct 2008, 01:57
GODSPEED wrote:
For members of the seventeenth-century Ashanti 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.

A. a method to protect
B. as a method protecting
C. protecting
D. as a protection of
E. to protect


in D you have to ask yourself is the sheild protecting the warriors or are the warriors protecting the shields
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New post 25 Oct 2008, 05:11
GODSPEED wrote:
If i've been explained this problem for 200times and then asked to attempt this SC for 201st time i will get it wrong (with 100% confidence) for the 201st time! :evil: :evil: :evil:

I easily narrow down the choices to C & D. And always pick D instead of C, which is the OA. And the crappy explanation in OG 10E says "protection" doesn't have clear referent, what the f*&$k??? I think same is applicable to C.

Would really appreciate any words of wisdom!



I learnt somewhere in the forum that in such a case, participle modifier is the option. Since "protect" does not modify a noun here (it modifies the clause), hence participle modifier is required. Hene, C.

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