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# On the Great Plains, nineteenth-century settlers used mud

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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) settlersâ€™ homes were built of mud and grass, making do without

I doubt whether the construct is ok.

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11 Jan 2005, 21:24
Iam going out on a limb here and picking D.

D seems to bring out what they did not have when they built the houses.

A and B dont indicate whether timber and nails were for the house or for the mud and grass

C is blabbering

E ninteenth century settlers's homes does not sound right

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11 Jan 2005, 21:25
I will vote for D

Making do is more accurate than making them...

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12 Jan 2005, 10:00
Yes the OA is 'D'.

But is the construct 'making do' ok ?It does not sound ok to me ...
can any one suggest a better way to write the same sentence ?

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