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Analysts blamed May's sluggish retail sales on unexciting merchandise as well as the weather, colder and wetter than was usual in some regions，which slowed sales of barbecue grills and lawn furniture.

(A) colder and wetter than was usual in some regions，which slowed
(B) which was colder and wetter than usual in some regions，slowing
(C) since it was colder and wetter than usually in some regions，which slowed
(D) being colder and wetter than usually in some regions，slowing
(E) having been colder and wetter than was usual in some regions and slowed
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01 Sep 2012, 14:37
yes, the +ing modifier (Slowing) modifies the preceeding clause..... : Which (weather) was colder and wetter.....

How was the weather? : It was cold n wet

How cold n wet ? : It was very cold n wet........ Colder n Wetter than usual

What was the effect ? : Slowing down of Sales of X n Y

The weather was SO cold & SO wet...... It slowed down the sales of X n Y

Thus in B : Slowing aptly modifies the preceeding clause.
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10 Jan 2013, 22:24
great question
1)Analysts blamed May's sluggish retail sales on unexciting merchandise as well as the weather, colder and wetter than was usual in some regions，which slowed sales of barbecue grills and lawn furniture.
(A) colder and wetter than was usual in some regions，which slowed
(B) which was colder and wetter than usual in some regions，slowing
(C) since it was colder and wetter than usually in some regions，which slowed
(D) being colder and wetter than usually in some regions，slowing
(E) having been colder and wetter than was usual in some regions and slowed

comma+doing modify the previous clause and associate with the subject of that clause

being and having been in D and E modify "analysist blame" . Wrong

"which" in A and C must modify "region". Wong. though "which" can modify SLIGHTLY far noun, "which" can not modify far noun-"which" can not jump far over "colder and ... regions" to modify "weather"

B is left.
IN b, "slowing" modify the previous clause " which is colder and ...regions" . correct.

pls, comment/supplement.
Re: og verbal (71)   [#permalink] 10 Jan 2013, 22:24
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