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Re: SC-Great Plains [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2011, 09:06
D for me. Maintains the structure of the sentence.
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Re: On the Great Plains, nineteenth-century settlers used mud [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2013, 05:14
"making do" is pretty uncommon ! Need experts advice on this.POE can give the answer very well but logic remains unclear.

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Re: On the Great Plains, nineteenth-century settlers used mud [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2013, 06:39
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"making do" is pretty uncommon ! Need experts advice on this.POE can give the answer very well but logic remains unclear.



HI @thevenus,

Yes, I agree that "make do" is not a very common idiom for non-natives. However, thorough PoE can lead us to the correct answer choice.

In choices A and B, "it" does not have a noun antecedent.
In choice C, "while not having" is awkward.
In choice E, there is a modifier error. Comma + making (the verb-ing) modifier does not make sense with "settler's home".
Hence, choice D stands. So now we know that "make do" is a correct idiom.

However, now official questions are more meaning-based. In fact, idioms are not being tested so much now. This one is a one-off question. But we can still learn from it the new idiom.

Hope this helps. :)
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Re: On the Great Plains, nineteenth-century settlers used mud [#permalink] New post 17 Apr 2013, 14:42
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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

I need explanations ..No IMO pls :)
even if you say its B, pls explain WHY not ACDE?
This way, we will learn more
[Edited:Also, what's the meaning of "making do without"? :? ]


Hard question for non-native. Idiom: "making do" = make something happen.
E is out, passive voice is not necessary.

D is the best.
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Re: On the Great Plains, nineteenth-century settlers used mud [#permalink] New post 17 Apr 2013, 23:53
The answer should be D because the sentence conveys the proper meaning and there is a flow without any ambiguous references.

A & B are out because "it" does not have an antecedent i.e. we can not be sure what the it refers to.

C is out because them could refer to anything,there is no clear reference to homes and 'while not having' is changing the intended meaning.

D out because 's is used to indicate possessive e.g. John's bat means the bat belongs to John. Also were built of changes the intended meaning of the sentence.
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