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When a ton of wheat was being moved from Buffalo to New York

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New post 16 Jul 2018, 01:51
daagh Sir, In the answer choice B, if "it took three weeks and cost $100" were placed before the phrase "Moving a ton of wheat from Buffalo to New York City before the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825" to form "It took three weeks and cost $100,moving a ton of wheat from Buffalo to New York City before the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825...", would this construction, or the whole sentence rather, then be accepted as correct? Since,as per my understanding, "It" now has a clear antecedent, "moving a ton of wheat" after the comma, unlike "it" in the original construction.
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Your changed version:
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It took three weeks and cost $100,moving a ton of wheat from Buffalo to New York City before the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825


Since you feel that 'it' now stands for ' moving a ton of wheat', let's see how the sentence comes out after replacing the pronoun.
Moving a ton of wheat took three weeks and cost $100, moving a ton of wheat from Buffalo to New York City before the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825

Does this sentence make sense? The problem is that that you should not seek to find an antecedent for the 'it'. It is just a filler and standard usage in written texts.
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(C) Before the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825, moving a ton of wheat from Buffalo to New York City took three weeks and cost $100; on the canal the move



I eliminated option C because "moving a ton of wheat" forms the subject for the first independent clause and the noun phrase starting with verb-ing noun should be considered as singular. Hence it requires singular verb "costs"

egmat daagh or someone can you help me identify where I am getting this wrong ?
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In this context, the word 'cost' is the past tense of the singular cost/costs. as the sentence is in past tense.
We also use 'costed' as the past tense of cost, when we talk of an estimate of cost, such as in 'the stormwater drainage project was costed by the government $100 million originally."
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I preferred sticking to A because "the move" was very unusual. I have never read it being used in this manner.

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The problem with A is the use of past progressive tense 'was being moved". It may connote just one single instance when the cargo was being transferred rather than the overall high cost and excessive time the move generally involved in those days, which is the real intent of the comparison.
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