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422. 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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Re: 422. In three centuries [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2010, 10:24
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A is the best for using of right idiom - for the building of - ; the best
in the given context. B,C and E suggest the tons of stones themselves build, an absurd possibility. -They - has no sensible referent.

D is wrong because of the awkward expression - there could be built. -
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A. is wordy, but there's nothing wrong grammatically.

B. 'might' serves no purpose. they has no clear antecedent and can even refer to tons of stone.

C. 'so as ... might..' 'so as' is unidiomatic. 'might' serves no purpose and makes the passage wordy.
'They' has no clear antecedent.

D. 'There could be built'. Use of there and passive voice are awkward.

E. 'They' has no clear antecedent.

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Re: 422. In three centuries [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2011, 22:22
I got the question right. But it was more of a calculated guess. Can someone explain why D is wrong?

"there could be built sounds correct"
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Re: 422. In three centuries [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2011, 07:20
+1 A

"they" doesn't have antecedent.
D changes the meaning. It seems that the churches were built in where the stones were.
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Re: In three centuriesfrom 1050 to 1350several million tons of [#permalink] New post 15 Jun 2012, 01:56
This is on OG question.. a good one indeed
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