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I picked D because of parallelism. deowl, could you please explain this to me?
Since quickly is an adverb, it cannot modify a noun ( or gerund in this particular case ). Hence E is out.
D it is.
I think 'spreading' is the verb, not the noun (flames). Could you please tell me if I am wrong?
Please take a look at the following sentence:
Gambling is his major passion.
Gambling is not a noun but it is used exactly as a noun in this sentence. So if you want to modify it, you have to use an adjective , not an adverb.
If E were rewritten as following:
E) causing a quicker spreading of the flames ( and if the rest of the sentence were omitted )
it would be a quite adequate choice.
Thanks for theprompt response deowl. The subject of choice E is 'spreading', not 'flames' as I had thought. 'flames' is the object here. Since spreading is the subject (ing form of the verb = Gerund), an adjective is needed to modify it, NOT an adverb. Cool!
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