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

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21 Jun 2010, 12:35
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700. The boom in agricultural exports in the early 1970’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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21 Jun 2010, 12:59
Think about the sentence structure here. The boom in overproduction "emptied" ....

So we are talking about what the consequences of the boom in overproduction were. So any answer choice beginning with "many were led to think" is wrong. So we can rule out A, B and C.

Answer choice D is just fraught with complications. So I'd go with E as well.
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21 Jun 2010, 21:05
A, B, and C are wordy/passive. D is awkward.

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22 Jun 2010, 02:42
X led to Y and Z

Y and Z need to be in parallel. Hence "emptied ...bins" dictates that the correct choice needs to start with a verb. Eliminate A, B,C. D is just too awkward.

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22 Jun 2010, 21:23
Prax wrote:
700. The boom in agricultural exports in the early 1970’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 : led to what
(D) led many to the thought of overproduction as if it were : Awkward
(E) led many to think that overproduction had become

Hope i am right... therefore E..
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07 Jul 2010, 08:51
E it is.

The boom in exports in the 1970's emptied the ...... and led many to think that...... (parallel)
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07 Jul 2010, 10:42
E! The idiom "led to think" is correct. A, B, & D use wrong idioms and C is just awkward.
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11 Jul 2016, 03:39
A. and B. incorrect
led to thinking
is incorrectly used

C. unnecessary passive

D. unnecessarily wordy

E correct

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15 Aug 2017, 02:14
E is the most precise of all. Whereas others are unnecessarily wordy and in passive voice!
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