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    Lightbulb To V or Ving

    I have a sentence and 4 choices:
    The president has a team of bodyguards..................him.
    A. Protecting B.Having protected C. To protect D. Will protect
    The right answer given in my book is C.To protect
    But I wonder why the answer is not A.protecting?
    I was known that present participle can replace a relative pronoun + verb. So, why is To V not Ving the answer?
    Can you explain for me?
    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: To V or Ving

    A case could be made for either one, but to pretect is more generally correct. The President has a team whose job it is to protect him. They are not always protecting him nor are all of them protecting him at any given time.

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    Re: To V or Ving

    They are indeed always protecting him. I see no problem with "protecting" being a valid answer to this question.

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    Re: To V or Ving

    I agree that either can be correct. "Protecting" is what they are doing. "To protect" is their purpose. And I agree that the team is doing it all the time.

    I have a bunch of cats sleeping on either side of me. It's what they are doing.
    I have a bunch of cats to keep me company. It's their purpose. (Okay, I know. I exist to see to their needs, not the other way around, but we'll pretend.)

    Another example of a bad question.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: To V or Ving

    Quote Originally Posted by neiht_nart View Post
    I have a sentence and 4 choices:
    The president has a team of bodyguards..................him.
    A. Protecting B.Having protected C. To protect D. Will protect
    The right answer given in my book is C.To protect
    But I wonder why the answer is not A.protecting?
    I was known that present participle can replace a relative pronoun + verb. So, why is To V not Ving the answer?
    Can you explain for me?
    Thanks in advance!
    "Protecting" is fine in appropriate context. Announcer:"The president is entering the stadium and he has the usual team of bodyguards protecting him."

    Who is the author of your book?

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