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

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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

Why isn't the answer "B" ?
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29 Mar 2007, 20:12
LM wrote:
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

Why isn't the answer "B" ?

This question tests comparisons.

In B the comparison is not clear. In C the comparison is clear. "it" refers to health.
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29 Mar 2007, 21:15
LM wrote:
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

Why isn't the answer "B" ?

You're not comparing the industry's economic health to "five years ago."
This is a comparison error.

C makes the comparison clear.
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30 Mar 2007, 00:12
a -> 'more robust than five years ago' -> bad comparison
b -> 'and make' is wrong because it changes the meaning of the sentence. It now means the large rise cause two things to happen -> (1) boost dollars, (2) make economic health more robust
d -> 'more robust than five years ago' -> bad comparison
e -> 'in making' is wrong.

c is the best choice.
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15 Nov 2015, 06:02
whenever you encounters a comparison question, ask what the sentence exactly wants to compare

In this question it is construction industry’s economic health.

B,D,E changes the intended meaning of the sentence

Making is required as the ,(comma)+ verb+ing is going to answer either "how" or "resulting in"

A wrong comparison of economic health with 5 years

C it is
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