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On the Great Plains, nineteenth-century settlers used mud and grass to build their homes, doing it without 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) settlers’ homes were built of mud and grass, making do without
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New post 25 Jul 2011, 21:19
I went with A, but I was wrong :( ..

making do is an idiom which means "getting it done."

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The answer should be (D).

In (A), 'doing it without' is awkward usage.
In (B), 'did it without' is grammatically incorrect.
In (E), the passive voice is used, and it is unclear who did without the timber and nails - the settlers or the homes
In (C), the usage is more awkward ('making them while not having') as compared to (D).

(D) is the best choice because it is in active voice, the settlers (subject) can clearly be seen to be acting on the timber and nails (object), and 'making do without' clearly conveys the meaning without the awkwardness in (C).
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New post 26 Jul 2011, 07:28
Also, it might be ambiguous. It seems like it doesn't refer to anything specific. Furthermore, the other answers except for D all have pronouns that are iffy.
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you can see more explanations here http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/on- ... t4299.html
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Make do is a phrase .. meaning getting by , managing with what is given...

I'll go for D.
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New post 27 Jul 2011, 23:51
A and B eliminated for pronoun 'it'
E - passive tone

Between C and D.. D for the "make do" idiom..
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