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# A fire in an enclosed space

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08 May 2006, 12:51
6.A fire in an enclosed space burns with the aid of reflected radiation that preheats the fuel, making ignition much easier and flames spreading more quickly.

(C) flames are caused to spread
(E) causing spreading of the flames

between D & E, which one is better and why? plz explain it

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08 May 2006, 13:00
Since quickly is an adverb, it cannot modify a noun ( or gerund in this particular case ). Hence E is out.

D it is.

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08 May 2006, 13:30
D is the answer because it has correct idiom+paralleism.

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08 May 2006, 13:31
Thanx

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08 May 2006, 17:41
I would not for 'E' - 'causing' 'spreading' doesn't go along. It could have been 'causing' and 'spreading'.

Therefore 'D' can be the clear winner here

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08 May 2006, 21:23
I picked D because of parallelism.
deowl, could you please explain this to me?

deowl wrote:
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?

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08 May 2006, 21:25
Agreed it has to be D... ||ism

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08 May 2006, 21:52
kripalkavi wrote:
I picked D because of parallelism.
deowl, could you please explain this to me?

deowl wrote:
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

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.

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08 May 2006, 22:08
jeunesis wrote:
6.A fire in an enclosed space burns with the aid of reflected radiation that preheats the fuel, making ignition much easier and flames spreading more quickly.

(C) flames are caused to spread
(E) causing spreading of the flames

between D & E, which one is better and why? plz explain it

wow good question and good discussions......................

agree with D...

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09 May 2006, 01:22
deowl wrote:
kripalkavi wrote:
I picked D because of parallelism.
deowl, could you please explain this to me?

deowl wrote:
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

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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09 Aug 2010, 10:40
Thanks deowl. Good explanation

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15 Aug 2010, 07:55
D it is.

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16 Aug 2010, 13:35
surely d

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