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17 Nov 2003, 18:27
To help preserve ancient Egyptian monuments threatened by high water tables, a Swedish engineering firm has proposed installing pumps, perhaps solar powered, to lower the underground water level and dig trenches around the bases of the stone walls.
(A) to lower the underground water level and dig trenches
(B) to lower the underground water level and to dig trenches
(C) to lower the underground water level and digging trenches
(D) that lower the underground water level and that trenches be dug
(E) that lower the underground water level and trench digging
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17 Nov 2003, 18:41
I vote for C.
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17 Nov 2003, 20:13
Vote C as well.
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17 Nov 2003, 23:26
i shall go with B.
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18 Nov 2003, 07:04
Right,
pumps can lower the water level but not dig trenches
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18 Nov 2003, 07:05
Right,
pumps can lower the water level but can not dig trenches
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18 Nov 2003, 10:47
yes
C is right!
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19 Nov 2003, 07:31
it is the second time i chose the wrong answer, b... around 2 months ago i saw this problem and voted for "b" as well, then read the explanation and punched my stupid head..
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19 Nov 2003, 12:38
Can somebody pls. explain why not E
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19 Nov 2003, 13:02
ann,

"..swedish firm has proposed installing pumps." ..to do what? if you use 'that' then you have to split "..installing pumps.." from "..trenches..."

consider .. 'swedish firm proposed installing pumps that lower the underground water level and digging trenches.....' this seems like pumps will lower the water level and will help digging trenches... doesn't make sense

furthermore, digging trenches is parallel to installing pumps.

hope this helps.
19 Nov 2003, 13:02
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