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There are several ways to build solid walls using just mud or clay, but the most extensively used method has been the forming of bricks out of mud or clay, and, aftersome preliminary air drying or sun drying, they are laid in the wall in mud mortar.

A. the forming of bricks out of mud or clay, and, after some preliminary air drying or sun drying, they are laid

B. forming the mud or clay into bricks, and, after some preliminary air drying or sun drying, to lay them

C. having bricks formed from mud or clay, and, after some preliminary air drying or sun drying, they were laid

D. to form the mud or clay into bricks, and, after some preliminary air drying or sun drying, to lay them

E. that bricks were formed from mud or clay, which, after some preliminary air drying or sun drying, were laid
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Re: There are several ways to build solid walls using just mud [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2014, 12:56
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There are several ways to build solid walls using just mud or clay, but the most extensively used method has been the forming of bricks out of mud or clay, and, aftersome preliminary air drying or sun drying, they are laid in the wall in mud mortar.

A. the forming of bricks out of mud or clay, and, after some preliminary air drying or sun drying, they are laid

B. forming the mud or clay into bricks, and, after some preliminary air drying or sun drying, to lay them

C. having bricks formed from mud or clay, and, after some preliminary air drying or sun drying, they were laid

D. to form the mud or clay into bricks, and, after some preliminary air drying or sun drying, to lay them

E. that bricks were formed from mud or clay, which, after some preliminary air drying or sun drying, were laid


We need to focus on parallelism here. And quite clearly none of the options except for D uphold correct parallelism between "to form... to lay" .
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Re: There are several ways to build solid walls using just mud [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2014, 03:26
Can anyone explain the commas?
The first and last ones are to set off the modifier, if I'm not wrong. What is the middle one for?
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Re: There are several ways to build solid walls using just mud [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2015, 22:15
parallelism issue is resolved with D.


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There are several ways to build solid walls using just mud or clay, but the most extensively used method has been the forming of bricks out of mud or clay, and, aftersome preliminary air drying or sun drying, they are laid in the wall in mud mortar.

A. the forming of bricks out of mud or clay, and, after some preliminary air drying or sun drying, they are laid

B. forming the mud or clay into bricks, and, after some preliminary air drying or sun drying, to lay them

C. having bricks formed from mud or clay, and, after some preliminary air drying or sun drying, they were laid

D. to form the mud or clay into bricks, and, after some preliminary air drying or sun drying, to lay them

E. that bricks were formed from mud or clay, which, after some preliminary air drying or sun drying, were laid
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Re: There are several ways to build solid walls using just mud [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2015, 23:31
Parallelism wins in D. In addition, I think when we read the other answers we can feel how awkward they are.
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There are several ways to build solid walls using just mud [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2015, 17:30
here are several ways to build solid walls using just mud or clay, but the most extensively used method has been the forming of bricks out of mud or clay, and, aftersome preliminary air drying or sun drying, they are laid in the wall in mud mortar.

A. the forming of bricks out of mud or clay, and, after some preliminary air drying or sun drying, they are laid
Incorrect. They logically is referring to "bricks", but grammatically it should be parallel to "the forming".
B. forming the mud or clay into bricks, and, after some preliminary air drying or sun drying, to lay them
Incorrect. forming is not parallel to "to lay".
C. having bricks formed from mud or clay, and, after some preliminary air drying or sun drying, they were laid
Incorrect. No need of the past tense "were".
D. to form the mud or clay into bricks, and, after some preliminary air drying or sun drying, to lay them
Correct.
E. that bricks were formed from mud or clay, which, after some preliminary air drying or sun drying, were laid
Incorrect. which is referring to clay, but logically it should be referring to bricks.
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Re: There are several ways to build solid walls using just mud [#permalink] New post 13 May 2015, 14:34
Would it be correct if we eliminate the comma before the "and"?

Also,
If we eliminate "after... drying", we will have

"...method has been [to form into bricks], and [to lay them in the wall].

Then what would be the function of the comma before "and"? For a list of 2 entities, can we have [, and]?

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