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# Prospecting for gold during the California gold rush was a

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Prospecting for gold during the California gold rush was a relatively easy task, because of erosion, prehistoric glacier movement, and ancient, gold-bearing riverbeds thrust to the surface by volcanic activity put gold literally within reach for anybody with a pan or shovel.

A. because of erosion, prehistoric glacier movement, and ancient, gold-bearing riverbeds thrust to the surface by volcanic activity put gold literally within reach for

B. because of erosion, prehistoric glacier movement, and volcanic activity that thrust ancient, gold-bearing riverbeds to the surface, and putting gold literally within reach of

C. owing to erosion, prehistoric glacier movement, and volcanic activity that had thrust ancient, gold-bearing riverbeds to the surface, and putting gold literally within reach of

D. since erosion, prehistoric glacier movement, and volcanic activity that thrust ancient, gold-bearing riverbeds to the surface, putting gold literally within reach for

E. since erosion, prehistoric glacier movement, and ancient, gold-bearing riverbeds thrust to the surface by volcanic activity put gold literally within reach of
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E)..."erosion, prehistoric glacier movement, and volcanic activity (subject)...(participle phrase)...put(verb)"

D) has no verb for the subject "erosion, prehistoric glacier movement, and volcanic activity"
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16 Dec 2005, 04:42
IMO E is the best.

B, C and D have no active verb. A is not correct because "because of......thrust" is ungrammatical.
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16 Dec 2005, 06:38
A nd D out because "reach for" is unidiomatic

i take E
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16 Dec 2005, 08:58
E
Since is preferable over because of and owning to
within a reach of: correct idiom
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16 Dec 2005, 13:59
B

because of reach of is better than reach for. so Down to B C E,
owning to doesn't seems right ...so out

b/W B and E i will go with B cause E "gold-bearing riverbeds thrust to the surface by volcanic activity" is not clear ...
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17 Dec 2005, 07:20
Clearly (E). Proper listing of nouns and the good old active voice.
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29 Aug 2014, 07:57
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