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# A large rise in the number of housing starts in the coming

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10. A large rise in the number of housing starts in the coming year should boost new construction dollars by several billion dollars, making the construction industryâ€™s economic health much more robust than five years ago.

(A) making the construction industryâ€™s economic health much more robust than five years ago
(B) and make the construction industryâ€™s economic health much more robust than five years ago
(C) making the construction industryâ€™s economic health much more robust than it was five years ago
(D) to make the construction industryâ€™s economic health much more robust than five years ago
(E) in making the construction industryâ€™s economic health much more robust than it as five years ago

My question for this one is how do you know when you would pick the one that uses "it"? since sometimes, it is not necessarily correct to use a pronoun SC. How is it in this case that using "it" would be correct?
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20 Jan 2006, 16:44
I think this is C for correct comparison.

There are two points worth noting down:

1. present participle (-ing) is generally preferred in cause and effect situtation.
2. Correct comparison. What is being compared here: "construction industryâ€™s economic health" now and five years years ago. But A compares "construction industryâ€™s economic health" and "five years ago". This comparison is wrong. C has the correct comparison.
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20 Jan 2006, 19:05
C.

Here you will fitst narrow down to A and C. In A you can see that in "...economic health much more robust than five years ago" an it is missing because the health is compared to five years ago. That does not make sense. However "it" here would suggest health and that is correct.
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20 Jan 2006, 20:46
C.

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20 Jan 2006, 22:39
yups C it is for correct comparison of health now and health 5 yrs ago..
All others r comparing Health vs 5 years
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21 Jan 2006, 05:32
The sentence needs "it" in (C) for clarification.
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21 Jan 2006, 15:26
The OA is C
21 Jan 2006, 15:26
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