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by magical cook » Wed Apr 18, 2007 3:08 pm
548. 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


Hi,
The correct answer is E) :shock: but why E) is better than A)?? "making do" sounds so strange to me.... :x

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by 800guy » Tue Apr 24, 2007 4:39 pm
"make do" is an american english idiom

they had no choice but to make do with what little was given to them...

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wow american!

by aim-wsc » Tue Apr 24, 2007 8:17 pm
800guy wrote:"make do" is an american english idiom

they had no choice but to make do with what little was given to them...
I am scared :P

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by OilBaron » Wed May 09, 2007 8:46 am
settlers used mud and grass to build their homes
'A' also is ambiguous. It implies that mud and grass were used to build homes, like tools. It should state clearly that the house is made OF mud and grass.

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by rs2010 » Sat Jul 12, 2008 10:25 am
OA is D not E.

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by gmat740 » Wed Jun 17, 2009 5:48 am
I have another way of looking into this

to do it

This is Unidiomatic

so answers with this form or its modified form should be eliminated
(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
THEM is not clear(mud and grass or the settlers!)

(E) settlers' homes were built of mud and grass, making do without
awkword construction opf possesive form

So left with D

Please let me know whether my approach is correct or not?

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by madhur_ahuja » Wed Jun 17, 2009 6:17 am
Agree with D

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