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# The boom in agricultural exports in the early 1970 s emptied

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The boom in agricultural exports in the early 1970â€™s emptied United States grain bins and many were led to thinking that overproduction was now a problem of the past.
(A) many were led to thinking that overproduction was now
(B) many had been led to thinking of overproduction as if it were
(C) the thought this led to was that overproduction had become
(D) led many to the thought of overproduction as if it were
(E) led many to think that overproduction had become
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15 Jul 2006, 14:09
prude_sb wrote:
The boom in agricultural exports in the early 1970â€™s emptied United States grain bins and many were led to thinking that overproduction was now a problem of the past.
(A) many were led to thinking that overproduction was now
(B) many had been led to thinking of overproduction as if it were
(C) the thought this led to was that overproduction had become
(D) led many to the thought of overproduction as if it were
(E) led many to think that overproduction had become

I'll go with E.

A: Many were led to thinking....strange use of tenses.
B: Unnecessary use of perfect past tense
C: thinking "of" overproduction is different from thinking "that". sentence is worded pretty roundabout.
D: the thought of overproduction, kind of changes the focus from the problem
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15 Jul 2006, 14:35
E

The boom in agricultural exports.....emptied...... and led.....

Only D and E are || in this respect. But D is wierd.
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16 Jul 2006, 21:26
E it should be.

The boom in agricultural exports in the early 1970â€™s emptied United States grain bins and led many to think that overproduction had become a problem of the past.
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16 Jul 2006, 21:50
'led' should come immediately after 'and' as the 'thinking' is part of the effects of the boom in agricultural expoerts.

D - 'as if it were' is awkward

E is best.
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16 Jul 2006, 23:17
Clear winner E

For ||ism
Emptied........ and led...........
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17 Jul 2006, 00:48
Its E.

The boom in agricultural exports in the early 1970â€™s emptied United States grain bins and led many to think that overproduction had become a problem of the past.

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