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Rather than continue to produce most of the items necessary for subsistence, a growing number of farm families during the first decades of the nineteenth century began to specialize in the production of grain or cotton and to use the cash proceeds from selling their crops for buying necessities.

(A) selling their crops for buying
(B) the sales of their crops for buying
(C) their selling of crops so as to buy
(D) their selling crops for buying of
(E) the sale of their crops to buy
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05 Aug 2006, 14:43
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05 Aug 2006, 14:52
CHEN wrote:
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i see Chen, that you changed your confidence notations from the arcane 66.78% to smilies
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05 Aug 2006, 14:57
because I really don't know which is better A or E
or maybe it is B or C or D 40% would be OK for this short hell SC
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05 Aug 2006, 15:31
mailtheguru wrote:
Rather than continue to produce most of the items necessary for subsistence, a growing number of farm families during the first decades of the nineteenth century began to specialize in the production of grain or cotton and to use the cash proceeds from selling their crops for buying necessities.

(A) selling their crops for buying
(B) the sales of their crops for buying
(C) their selling of crops so as to buy
(D) their selling crops for buying of
(E) the sale of their crops to buy

cash proceeds should be followed by sale..
A,C,D are out
Between B and E will go with E.
Cant give an explanation as to how E is better than B.
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05 Aug 2006, 15:35
mailtheguru wrote:
Rather than continue to produce most of the items necessary for subsistence, a growing number of farm families during the first decades of the nineteenth century began to specialize in the production of grain or cotton and to use the cash proceeds from selling their crops for buying necessities.

(A) selling their crops for buying
(B) the sales of their crops for buying
(C) their selling of crops so as to buy
(D) their selling crops for buying of
(E) the sale of their crops to buy

let me weigh in on this...

families began to specialize ...began to use the cash proceeds from the sale...of the their crops...remember they are sellin crops which is plural, we dont need sales..plus to buy is more idiomatic than for buying...

for buying also makes the stem passive, we prefer active voice...
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05 Aug 2006, 15:57
sale is plural for the subject crops
so it shud be E
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05 Aug 2006, 20:26
Very tricky SC.

I also mistakenly fell for B, but after carefully rereading "grain or cotton," I now understand why sale should be singular.

(E)

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05 Aug 2006, 22:59
E.....this one is tricky agreed, stuck between B and E for a while
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06 Aug 2006, 03:38
Definitely 'E'.

Rather than continue to produce most of the items necessary for subsistence, a growing number of farm families during the first decades of the nineteenth century began to specialize in the production of grain or cotton and to use the cash proceeds from the sale of their crops to buy necessities.

We must use to buy in this case.
06 Aug 2006, 03:38
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