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Although some officials noted that using machines for [#permalink]

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Although some officials noted that using machines for farming in China costs more than traditional hand cultivation, the mechanization of farming in the village of Long Bow doubled the corn yield while the previous yearâ€™s costs were cut in half.(A) mechanization of farming in the village of Long Bow doubled the corn yield while the previous yearâ€™s costs were cut in half
(B) mechanization of farming in the village of Long Bow doubled the corn yield while cutting costs to half those of the previous year
(C) mechanization of farming in the village of Long Bow doubled the corn yield as cost were cut to half of the previous yearâ€™s
(D) farming mechanization in the village of Long Bow doubled the corn yield as it cut in half the previous yearâ€™s costs
(E) farming mechanization in the village of Long Bow doubled the corn yield while costs were cut to half that of the previous year

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16 Jul 2005, 17:07
B. while cutting costs is preferred and those clealrly refers to costs.

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16 Jul 2005, 20:09
Really funky,

All seem to indicate that the machinization cut the previous year cost, instead of saying the costs were cut in half of those in the previous year.

Although B stinks, but is the best option available.

C has verb problems, otherwise C were (was - same problem as it is in E) my pick.

B is my pick.

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17 Jul 2005, 07:59
qpoo wrote:
I pick B

but what is wrong with C ?

"doubled the corn yield as cost were"

suggest costs as the factor increasing productivity.

HMTG.

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18 Jul 2005, 10:33
B doesn't stink...that much

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19 Jul 2005, 08:11
HowManyToGo wrote:
qpoo wrote:
I pick B

but what is wrong with C ?

"doubled the corn yield as cost were"

suggest costs as the factor increasing productivity.

HMTG.

hmtg,

'as' also has the meaning of 'while/when'

according to http://www.m-w.com

5 : WHILE, WHEN <spilled the milk as she got up>

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21 Jul 2005, 04:20
Himalaya,

Qn for u. Did you choose B over E because B used active voice (cutting costs) against E which used passive voice (costs were cut)?

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