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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 [#permalink]

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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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Re: SC-On the Great Plains [#permalink]

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28 Mar 2009, 07:55
Eliminate B and C since the second part is wrong.
E also.
I am stuck between A and D. Somehow "doing it without" sounds wrong. So tending to lean towards D.

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28 Mar 2009, 07:57
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No harm as its a good Q

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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Re: SC-On the Great Plains [#permalink]

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28 Mar 2009, 08:00
Thanks for the clarification. I did realize that the "it" was the thing that was wrong there in A.
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Re: SC-On the Great Plains [#permalink]

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30 Mar 2009, 01:13
D seems to be right after POE...but wat the heck is "making do without"? havent heard of such a construction ever!!! what is "do" here?
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Re: SC-On the Great Plains [#permalink]

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01 Apr 2009, 18:52
malar 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

A) wrong - "it" no antecedent.
B) wrong - "it" no antecedent.
c) "making them while not doing" - wrong idiom.
D) correct. ("making do" is correct idiom - "Make do" is a phrasal verb, and it means "to manage to get along with the means available." From this definition, you can now get the meaning of your sentence).
E) wrong.

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/make+do

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