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# In the mid 1920's the Hawthorne Works of the Western

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In the mid 1920's the Hawthorne Works of the Western Electric Company was the scene of an intensive series of experiments that would investigate changes in working conditions as to their effects on worker's performance.

a) that would investigate changes in working conditions as to their effects on workers' performence

b) investigating the effects that changes in working conditions would have on workers' performance

c) for investigating what the effects on workers' performance are that changes in working conditions would cause

d) that investigated changes in working conditions' effects on workers' performance

e) to investigate what eht effects changes in working conditions would have on worker's performance

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19 Dec 2005, 16:25
Agree with B.

effects that changes in working conditions would have
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20 Dec 2005, 02:53
this one was discussed before and i got wrong so this time i correctly choose B
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20 Dec 2005, 06:26
oa is B
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20 Dec 2005, 14:58
"investigating the effects" is a present participle phrase ! i thought that this cannot be used b/c the sentence speaks about the past ?

can someone pls help...thx
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20 Dec 2005, 15:04
ok i got it...

Here's a clue: -ed and -ing are also stuck onto verbs, and they connote when or how the action takes place. Adding '-ed' makes a lot of verbs past tense, and it also creates the participle for perfect tenses: walk, walked, have walked. What you end up with is a sense of completed action. So, an adjective ending in '-ed' is really a participle used as an adjective, and it, too, implies completed action.

Ex. A washed car is clean. -->The act of washing happened in the past and has been completed. The car is clean as a result. The adjective 'washed' is the participal of the verb 'wash'.

Adding '-ing' makes a verb progressive, meaning that the action is ongoing and incomplete: am walking, was walking, have been walking, etc. When a verb with an '-ing' ending is used as an adjective, it also implies ongoing and incomplete action.

Ex. She's a charming girl. -->The girl has a constant aura of charm that does not dissipate or weaken. Her charm is constant.
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