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# 13. On the Great Plains, nineteenth-century >settlers

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13. On the Great Plains, nineteenth-century >settlers used
mud and grass to build their homes, doing it without
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timber and nails.

(A) settlers used mud and grass to build their homes,
doing it without
(B) settlers used mud and grass to build their
homes, did it without
(C) settlers used mud and grass to build their homes,
making them while not having
(D) settlers used mud and grass to build their homes,
making do without
(E) settlersтАЩ homes were built of mud and grass,
making do without
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21 Apr 2004, 03:18
I will go for (B) as "doing it" implies that they are still doing it, while "did it" implies that it was done in past.
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21 Apr 2004, 04:25
mba wrote:
I will go for (B) as "doing it" implies that they are still doing it, while "did it" implies that it was done in past.

buddy "doing" here is participale i think, it doesnt point out present continuous tense

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21 Apr 2004, 20:03
Nope!!! OA is D. don't know why. anyone??
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21 Apr 2004, 20:17
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D is correct. It is the idiom "making do"

Anandnk, Please explain the usage of "making do" in detail.

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21 Apr 2004, 20:37
making do: to get along or manage with the means at hand

A) doing it without timber and nails, settlers used mud and grass to build their homes.

"it" has clearly no referent

D) "making do" plays the role of a participial modifier, an adjective, and correctly modifies the action of settlers who used mud and grass to build their homes
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Paul wrote:
making do: to get along or manage with the means at hand

A) doing it without timber and nails, settlers used mud and grass to build their homes.

"it" has clearly no referent

D) "making do" plays the role of a participial modifier, an adjective, and correctly modifies the action of settlers who used mud and grass to build their homes

thanks paul

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