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# When we can "With"

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21 Nov 2008, 03:30
Hello,

I am bit confused about when we can use "with"..as per the example below:

During the early years of European settlement on a continent that was viewed as “wilderness” by the newcomers, Native Americans, intimately knowing the ecology of the land, were a help in the rescuing of many Pilgrims and pioneers from hardship, or even death.

(A) Native Americans, intimately knowing the ecology of the land, were a help in the rescuing of
(B) Native Americans knew the ecology and the land intimately and this enabled them to help in the rescue of
(C) Native Americans, with their intimate knowledge of the ecology of the land, helped to rescue
(D) having intimate knowledge of the ecology of the land, Native Americans helped the rescue of

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21 Nov 2008, 08:21
jugolo1 wrote:
Hello,

I am bit confused about when we can use "with"..as per the example below:

During the early years of European settlement on a continent that was viewed as “wilderness” by the newcomers, Native Americans, intimately knowing the ecology of the land, were a help in the rescuing of many Pilgrims and pioneers from hardship, or even death.

(A) Native Americans, intimately knowing the ecology of the land, were a help in the rescuing of
(B) Native Americans knew the ecology and the land intimately and this enabled them to help in the rescue of
(C) Native Americans, with their intimate knowledge of the ecology of the land, helped to rescue
(D) having intimate knowledge of the ecology of the land, Native Americans helped the rescue of

C looks good not because "with ........." is preferred but because other choices have awakward construction such as "Native Americans were a help" in A, "wordiness" in B, and "having ...." in D.

"Native Americans helped to rescue" is most concise and clear.
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21 Nov 2008, 13:11
Hi guys,

IMO C

(A) Native Americans, intimately knowing the ecology of the land, were a help in the rescuing of it could be, but I think the second part is a little bit wordy: were a help in the rescuing
(B) Native Americans knew the ecology and the land intimately and this enabled them to help in the rescue of wordy: this
(C) Native Americans, with their intimate knowledge of the ecology of the land, helped to rescue Hold
(D) having intimate knowledge of the ecology of the land, Native Americans helped the rescue of wordy

OA and Source?

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