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13. On the Great Plains, nineteenth-century settlers used
mud and grass to build their homes, doing it without

timber and nails.

(A) settlers used mud and grass to build their homes,
doing it without
(B) settlers used mud and grass to build their
homes, did it without
(C) settlers used mud and grass to build their homes,
making them while not having
(D) settlers used mud and grass to build their homes,
making do without
(E) settlersâ€™ homes were built of mud and grass,
making do without
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13 Jul 2004, 22:12
Agree with C.

"making do" does not sound correct.
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13 Jul 2004, 22:58
I go with D (although making do without sounds bad)

C makes it sound like they did not have timber and nails then but found them later....

praet/paul.... any inputs?
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13 Jul 2004, 23:51
C has problems.. 'while not having' could simply be said .. without..
A , B have referent problems. 'it' has no one referent.
E is wrong, because it suggest that settler's homes ( not settlers) make do without ...

IMO, D is best. 'making do' is fine.
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14 Jul 2004, 01:23
'make do' is an idiom.

John had to make do with the little money he had.

Though i cannot be 100% sure, 'making do' should be an idiom in this context
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14 Jul 2004, 03:52
answer should be D
Making do: to do with the means available at hand
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14 Jul 2004, 05:08
I picked wrong one again!

Thanks! guys. (I guess! I'm having bad day with verbal today...)
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