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Over the course of the eighteenth century, the average output of ironwork tripled as a result of several improvements in blowing machinery and because coal replaced charcoal as the fuel used in the smelting of iron ore.

A.Over the course of the eighteenth century, the average output of ironwork tripled as a result of several improvements in blowing machinery and because coal replaced charcoal as the fuel used in the smelting of iron ore. 
B.Over the course of the eighteenth century a tripling in the average output of ironwork was due to the replacement of charcoal by coal for the fuel used in the smelting of iron ore, in addition to several improvements in blowing machinery.
C.With charcoal’s being replaced by coal as the fuel used in the smelting of iron ore and several improvements in blowing machinery, the average output of ironwork tripled over the eighteenth century.
D.The replacement of charcoal with coal for the fuel used in the smelting of iron ore and several improvements in blowing machinery, the average output of ironwork tripled over the eighteenth century.
E.Charcoal being replaced by coal as the fuel used in the smelting of iron ore, and several improvements in blowing machinery, which tripled the average output of ironwork over the course of the eighteenth century. 
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Oct 2006, 20:13
"C".

I am not 100% with any of the choices since it could have been written in such a simple way.

The best solution would have been:
Over the course of the eighteenth century, the average output of ronwork tripled as a result of several improvements in blowing machinery and the replacement of charcoal by coal used in smelting of iron.
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Re: SC17-18 [#permalink] New post 14 Oct 2006, 20:41
yepp A is the best among given choices

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"charcoal’s being replaced" sounds as if we are talking of charcoal's soul



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 [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2006, 05:16
In C charcoal's(possessive is flawed).

A is best among the stink
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Re: SC17-18 [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2006, 00:39
I think it should be A
if we break A we get
(I) the average output of ironwork tripled as a result of several improvements in blowing machinery
(II)the average output of iron work tripled because coal replaced charcoal as the fuel used in the smelting of iron ore. 
These two parts have been joined by the conjunction
and so A sounds sensible.

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