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In three centuries—from 1050 to 1350—several million tons of stone were quarried in France for the building of eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and some tens of thousands of parish churches.

(A) for the building of eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and some
(B) in order that they might build eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and some
(C) so as they might build eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and some
(D) so that there could be built eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and
(E) such that they could build eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and
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A is the best for using of right idiom - for the building of - ; the best
in the given context. B,C and E suggest the tons of stones themselves build, an absurd possibility. -They - has no sensible referent.

D is wrong because of the awkward expression - there could be built. -
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A. is wordy, but there's nothing wrong grammatically.

B. 'might' serves no purpose. they has no clear antecedent and can even refer to tons of stone.

C. 'so as ... might..' 'so as' is unidiomatic. 'might' serves no purpose and makes the passage wordy.
'They' has no clear antecedent.

D. 'There could be built'. Use of there and passive voice are awkward.

E. 'They' has no clear antecedent.

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29. In three centuries--from 1050 to 1350--several million tons of stone were quarried in France for the building
of eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and some
tens of thousands of parish churches.
(A) for the building of eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and some
(B) in order that they might build eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and some
(C) so as they might build eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and some
(D) so that there could be built eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and
(E) such that they could build eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and

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29 Jul 2011, 23:13
siddharthasingh wrote:
29. In three centuries--from 1050 to 1350--several million tons of stone were quarried in France for the building
of eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and some
tens of thousands of parish churches.
(A) for the building of eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and some --- correct
(B) in order that they might build eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and some
(C) so as they might build eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and some
(D) so that there could be built eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and
(E) such that they could build eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and

they does not have any proper antecedent here... hence left with options A and D..
could be built is awkward in D..
A has no issues..

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30 Jul 2011, 06:27
+1 for A. Other choices are easy to eliminate.

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12 Aug 2011, 23:22
I got the question right. But it was more of a calculated guess. Can someone explain why D is wrong?

"there could be built sounds correct"
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13 Aug 2011, 08:20
+1 A

"they" doesn't have antecedent.
D changes the meaning. It seems that the churches were built in where the stones were.
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15 Jun 2012, 02:56
This is on OG question.. a good one indeed
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30 Dec 2013, 09:12
Well, "could be built" is passive form and it is parallel to "were quarried". I don't understand why this is wrong. Can someone explain, please?

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siddharthasingh wrote:
29. In three centuries--from 1050 to 1350--several million tons of stone were quarried in France for the building
of eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and some
tens of thousands of parish churches.
(A) for the building of eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and some --- correct
(B) in order that they might build eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and some
(C) so as they might build eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and some
(D) so that there could be built eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and
(E) such that they could build eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and

they does not have any proper antecedent here... hence left with options A and D..
could be built is awkward in D..
A has no issues..

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30 Dec 2013, 15:05
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Well, "could be built" is passive form and it is parallel to "were quarried". I don't understand why this is wrong. Can someone explain, please?

As mentioned, "could be built" is awkward because the nouns (eighty cathedrals, etc.) are AFTER the verb.

One could have written "... eighty cathedrals could be built..." but not "... could be built eighty cathedrals..."

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20 Aug 2015, 04:55
options B,C,D,E are showing uncertain condition. but from the meaning of the question we can figure out that the stones were used to build all these buildings.

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16 May 2017, 23:18
what is the problem with option D ?
'there' is refer to place !?

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28 May 2017, 14:21
mkumar26, D is one of those choices that seems completely logical but just doesn't follow the conventions of English. Generally, we put the subject before the verb unless there's an important reason not to. That would give us "so that eighty cathedrals, five hundred large churches, and some tens of thousands of parish churches could be built."

Also, "there" in this case wouldn't normally be read as referring to a place. It would read as an introductory subject for the clause, as in "There are too many exclamation marks in this sentence!!!!" That doesn't really change the grammar too much, but we'd still only use a subject-last construction like this if we were trying to look very old-fashioned, as in this famous quote from the King James Bible: "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour . . . "
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28 May 2017, 16:25
D is wrong because there refers to France. Therefore, if you replace there with France the sentence becomes more awkward.
Correct me if my explanation is wrong.

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30 May 2017, 20:56
Well, when we use "there" to refer to a place, we can't just swap in that place name to test it. When used in this way (as in, "I built the tower there."), the word "there" is not a pronoun but an adverb! The exact words to replace it would depend on context:

I bought a ticket to France because I've never been there.
Translation: I bought a ticket to France because I've never been to France.

I went to France because there are many beautiful cathedrals there.
Translation: I went to France because there are many beautiful cathedrals in France.

But as I said in my previous post, "there" should probably not be read as referring to France at all!
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