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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

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31 Mar 2007, 05:00
I would go for 'C' as this the only sentence, which makes correct comparison.
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01 Apr 2007, 17:25
C.

A, B, and D make a comparison error, comparing the health to "five years ago."

In E, "it as" is not idiomatic.

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01 Apr 2007, 18:08
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 --Correct

(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
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19 May 2008, 02:44
I marked C too. But isn't "should boost" parallel to "and make"? How do we justify "making" in C. It is unnecessarily in the -ing continuous form.
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19 May 2008, 02:48
C from me too..comparison is proper only in C
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27 May 2008, 12:01
going with the flo~

C

A is wrong, because you have to compare industry with industry. C did with "industry is better than it was five years go" where A didn't do so with "industry is better than 5 years ago" it compares industry with time frame.
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