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Prospecting for gold during the California gold rush was a relatively easy task, because of erosion, prehistoric glacier movement, and ancient, gold-bearing riverbeds thrust to the surface by volcanic activity put gold literally within reach for anybody with a pan or shovel.

A. because of erosion, prehistoric glacier movement, and ancient, gold-bearing riverbeds thrust to the surface by volcanic activity put gold literally within reach for
B. because of erosion, prehistoric glacier movement, and volcanic activity that thrust ancient, gold-bearing riverbeds to the surface, and putting gold literally within reach of
C. owing to erosion, prehistoric glacier movement, and volcanic activity that had thrust ancient, gold-bearing riverbeds to the surface, and putting gold literally within reach of
D. since erosion, prehistoric glacier movement, and volcanic activity that thrust ancient, gold-bearing riverbeds to the surface, putting gold literally within reach for
E. since erosion, prehistoric glacier movement, and ancient, gold-bearing riverbeds thrust to the surface by volcanic activity put gold literally within reach of
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2006, 22:58
Picking E.

since erosion, prehistoric glacier movement, and ancient, gold-bearing riverbeds thrust to the surface by volcanic activity put gold literally within reach of
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2006, 23:10
"Since erosion" agrees with the subject prior to the comma much more appropriately than "because erosion"..

E is the correct choice, as D has some ll'ism issues toward the end.
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2006, 23:42
E for me too...

A & D are out as they use within reach for....

within reach of is correct...

B & C wrong bcos of and putting...put is correct here
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Re: SC [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2006, 23:50
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Prospecting for gold during the California gold rush was a relatively easy task, because of erosion, prehistoric glacier movement, and ancient, gold-bearing riverbeds thrust to the surface by volcanic activity put gold literally within reach for anybody with a pan or shovel.

D. since erosion, prehistoric glacier movement, and volcanic activity that thrust ancient, gold-bearing riverbeds to the surface, putting gold literally within reach for


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Would D have been right if we replaced for with of... or does putting here modify the surface instead of erosion, prehistoric glacier movement, and volcanic activity
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Re: SC [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2006, 04:33
sumitsarkar82 wrote:
jerrywu wrote:
Prospecting for gold during the California gold rush was a relatively easy task, because of erosion, prehistoric glacier movement, and ancient, gold-bearing riverbeds thrust to the surface by volcanic activity put gold literally within reach for anybody with a pan or shovel.

D. since erosion, prehistoric glacier movement, and volcanic activity that thrust ancient, gold-bearing riverbeds to the surface, putting gold literally within reach for


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Would D have been right if we replaced for with of... or does putting here modify the surface instead of erosion, prehistoric glacier movement, and volcanic activity


Sumit, even if you substituted "for" with "of", the particle phrase "putting...." is ungrammatical here. D would still be wrong.
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D: [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2006, 11:11
Can someone explain why the participle phrase in d is gramatically incorrect please?
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