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38. George Washington dedicated his life to the economic strengthening of the south with improvement of soil and diversification of corps.

A. the economic strengthening of the south with improvement of soil and diversification of corps.
B. strengthening the economy in the south with soil improvement and diversification of corps.
C. the strengthening the economy of the south through soil improvement and crop diversification.
D. the strengthening of the economy of the south through improving soil and crop diversifying
E. the economic strengthening in the south with improving soil and diversifying corp

As a non-native English speaker, I can't see the subtle differences in terms of meaning among choices.
(especially, the part before the preposition, with and through)
Anybody can explain to me?
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04 Dec 2011, 18:31
Choice C has a typographical error. Choice C should read

strengthening the economy of the south through soil improvement and crop diversification.

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05 Dec 2011, 02:14
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38. George Washington dedicated his life to the economic strengthening of the south with improvement of soil and diversification of corps.

A. the economic strengthening of the south with improvement of soil and diversification of corps.
B. strengthening the economy in the south with soil improvement and diversification of corps.
C. the strengthening the economy of the south through soil improvement and crop diversification.
D. the strengthening of the economy of the south through improving soil and crop diversifying
E. the economic strengthening in the south with improving soil and diversifying corp

As a non-native English speaker, I can't see the subtle differences in terms of meaning among choices.
(especially, the part before the preposition, with and through)
Anybody can explain to me?

We split between through vs with. When we want to say that I do something by "device is things". We should use "through THINGS". When something is completed by PERSON, we will use "by PERSONS". So, eliminate A, B, and E. C and D remain, C have better parallelism structure. So, C is correct one.
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