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On the Great Plains [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2008, 15:13
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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) settlers’ homes were built of mud and grass, making do without

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Re: On the Great Plains [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2008, 18:39
(A) settlers used mud and grass to build their homes, doing it without
Reference of "it" missing.

(B) settlers used mud and grass to build their homes, did it without
Reference of "it" missing.

(C) settlers used mud and grass to build their homes, making them while not having
No contrast mean in original sentence and referent of "them" not clear can refer to homes as well as to settlers.

(D) settlers used mud and grass to build their homes, making do without
Seems Correct (subordinate clause)

(E) settlers’ homes were built of mud and grass, making do without
Passive voice.
Re: On the Great Plains   [#permalink] 21 Aug 2008, 18:39
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