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# In three centuries--from 1050 to 1350--several million tons

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In three centuries--from 1050 to 1350--several million tons of stone were quarried in France for the building of eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and some tens of thousands of parish churches.

(A) for the building of eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and some
(B) in order that they might build eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and some
(C) so as they might build eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and some
(D) so that there could be built eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and
(E) such that they could build eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and
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06 Nov 2005, 19:30
'They' in B C E has no reference; D sounds bad
A for me
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06 Nov 2005, 19:47
Quick question. Does "and some" at the end of the first three choices ruin the parallelism? If so, i would pick D even though the beginning sounds awful. I think you guys are right with A.
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06 Nov 2005, 20:17
My guess is D,but its missing "some".
A doesnt looks good to me because it says "for the building of" . The word "the" sounds suspicious.
Hence i would go for D.
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06 Nov 2005, 20:41
(B) who are "THEY" ? "THEY" has no referrence.
(C) who are "THEY" ? "THEY" has no referrence.
(D) "there could be built" is a prime error example of ETS
(E) who are "THEY" ? "THEY" has no referrence.

Although I don't like the phrase "for the building of" in (A), I can't help choosing (A) since all the other four options are explicitly wrong.
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07 Nov 2005, 03:29
"there could be built" why is that wrong?
For me it's D ...
"for the building of" in A is strange ....
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07 Nov 2005, 04:15
Whenever I see a pronoun in the answer choice, I look for reference.

now in B, C and E what does They refer to. France is not subjet. somebody carried those stones to France, they might be French people, Germans or anybody..... So they is ambiguous here.

Use of there and could be is awkward in D.

So only A is the last man standing.
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07 Nov 2005, 17:44
OA is A

OE : Choice A is best. The other choices are unidiomatic or unnecessarily wordy, and the pronoun they, which appears in B, C, and E, has no grammatical referent.

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