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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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I need explanations ..No IMO pls
even if you say its B, pls explain WHY not ACDE?
This way, we will learn more
[Edited:Also, what's the meaning of "making do without"? :? ]
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12 Mar 2009, 11:46
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

I shall go for D.

A: Well..the real reason I eliminated is coz it just doesnt sound right. If you want a logical explanation..I think 'doing it' is sort of repetitive. Doing refers to building homes..so what does it refers to? Again..building homes.
B: The second part should be a modifier...did it without doesnt sound like one
C: Too long
E: Passive and the 'making do' does not modify settlers

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This is a tough Q.

Unless one knows that "make do" is a valid english construct, he/she will not pick D

Another long and difficult way of arriving at D is POE

doing it, did it are always wrong.

them in C can refer to M & G / Homes

E has an issue because says that Homes made do.

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12 Mar 2009, 14:46
d & e ---> making do without - no
c ---> making them while not having - doesnt look good to me

leaves a & b

a looks better than b ----> at least i can think of "doing" as a gerund(not sure though) if I flip the sentence but then "it" is the problem...

doing it without timber and nails, nineteenth-century settlers used mud and grass to build their homes.

IMO A, as nothing else looks better to me.

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13 Mar 2009, 02:20
E for me.

A and B are out for incorrect use of "it".
C is out for incorrect use of "making them". It gives the meaning that settlers were making grass and mud.

Between D and E, meaning of "making do" is clear in E.

Consider the following example.
"Someone was making the settlers do their work".
"Settlers' home were built, making do more work".

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nitya34 wrote:
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

I think, C.

A, B - doing/did it - wrong
D, E - making do - wrong
C - maybe does not sound very good, but contains no grammar errors ('them' is referring definitely to the nearest noun, 'their homes')

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Its D
discussed two weeks back

(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

Non-Native speaker has to understand the meaning of "making do"
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did googling and got
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make do with/ without(idiom) => use whatever you can find, substitute, to succeed in dealing with a situation by using what is available/despite not having something, to manage with that is not really satisfactory, to manage with the things that you have e.g When our kids don't have toys, they make do with pots and pans.
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18 Jan 2010, 06:59
The answer is D because this sentence needs to express a universal truth, which is always expressed in the present tense.

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18 Jan 2010, 13:02
Must be D, only correct idiomatic use of 'make do'
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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

Here's my take on this question (I also apply the same knowledge as I take on any other SC Q's)
(A) says "doing it without". At this very point, you need to ask yourself what is "it" referring to? "It" cannot refer to homes as homes is a plural noun; therefore, the least the answer can do is put doing "them" without.
(B) repeats the same problem in (A), which is the pronoun problem, something that is deeply tested on all standardized tests when SC applies, and pronoun error is always and forever wrong.
(C) switches "it" to "them", for which you need to ask yourself again the question of what is "them"?" Is "them" referring to homes? Is "them" referring to settlers? If you cannot distinguish the referrent of that pronoun, the pronoun is ambiguous, which is (again) always and forever wrong.
(D) has the construct of "making do", which is correct. Even if you didn't know that, POE can bring you down to just D alone.
(E) switches the main focus of settlers to settlers' homes. The change is subtle, but in terms of the construction of the sentence, it distorts the meaning. Are the "homes" themselves making do without timber? That is impossible; it has to be that the settlers can build these houses w/out timbers.

After all the POE, the only one that can make any remote sense is (D).
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bakfed wrote:
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

Here's my take on this question (I also apply the same knowledge as I take on any other SC Q's)
(A) says "doing it without". At this very point, you need to ask yourself what is "it" referring to? "It" cannot refer to homes as homes is a plural noun; therefore, the least the answer can do is put doing "them" without.
(B) repeats the same problem in (A), which is the pronoun problem, something that is deeply tested on all standardized tests when SC applies, and pronoun error is always and forever wrong.
(C) switches "it" to "them", for which you need to ask yourself again the question of what is "them"?" Is "them" referring to homes? Is "them" referring to settlers? If you cannot distinguish the referrent of that pronoun, the pronoun is ambiguous, which is (again) always and forever wrong.
(D) has the construct of "making do", which is correct. Even if you didn't know that, POE can bring you down to just D alone.
(E) switches the main focus of settlers to settlers' homes. The change is subtle, but in terms of the construction of the sentence, it distorts the meaning. Are the "homes" themselves making do without timber? That is impossible; it has to be that the settlers can build these houses w/out timbers.

After all the POE, the only one that can make any remote sense is (D).

Good point about A ("what does it refer to"). I answered incorrectly; chose A. I must say that I wasn't confident about the answer choice. D was preferable but seemed too colloquial. In my mind, I wondered if making do was a sensible idiom. This was good practice.
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I think the answer is D. It sounds more correct than A.

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Mgmat says to evaluate sentences by grammer, meaning and concision, respectively. I guess this is an instance where concision trumps and sound matters.

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make do: to manage with whatever is available (Collins dictionary).

I did learn something new today.

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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, using 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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amitdesai16 wrote:
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, using 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

Please explain your answer

I will go with B ..

C - making them while not having --- incorrect usage
" making do without in D and E doe not look to be the correct usage .

Between A and B ,
I preferred did it over doing

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IMO D

A and B are out.

(C) can refer to settlers as well as home

(E) this makes sentence passive

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(A) settlers used mud and grass to build their homes, doing it without
(B) settlers, using mud and grass to build their homes, did it without

A for me.

In B the comma after settlers is looking naughty to me
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