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# Despite last minute efforts by the company's design team at improving

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Despite last minute efforts by the company's design team at improving it, the gas-guzzling SUV, continuing its decline in the market, production ceasing at the end of the decade.

a) at improving it, the gas-guzzling SUV, continuing its decline in the market, production ceasing

b) at improving it, the gas-guzzling SUV continued its decline in the market, to cease production

c) at improving it, the gas-guzzling SUV continued declining in the market, and production was ceased

d) to improve it, the gas-guzzling SUV continued its decline in the market, and production was ceased

e) to improve it, the gas-guzzling SUV is continuing its decline in the market, and to cease production

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01 Sep 2017, 05:30
aashu4uiit wrote:
Despite last minute efforts by the company's design team at improving it, the gas-guzzling SUV, continuing its decline in the market, production ceasing at the end of the decade.

a) at improving it, the gas-guzzling SUV, continuing its decline in the market, production ceasing

b) at improving it, the gas-guzzling SUV continued its decline in the market, to cease production

c) at improving it, the gas-guzzling SUV continued declining in the market, and production was ceased

d) to improve it, the gas-guzzling SUV continued its decline in the market, and production was ceased

e) to improve it, the gas-guzzling SUV is continuing its decline in the market, and to cease production

Efforts to is the correct idiom so A, B, C straight away eliminated .

E has couple of problems.
First, the usage present continuous is continuing is incorrect. It means if we see at the current moment SUV is still declining.
Second, usage of and to cease production leads to forced parallelism between To improve and to cease.
It means that the design team is making efforts to improve and at the same time to cease production; this meaning is incorrect.

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Despite last minute efforts by the company's design team at improving it, the gas-guzzling SUV, continuing its decline in the market, production ceasing at the end of the decade.

a) at improving it, the gas-guzzling SUV, continuing its decline in the market, production ceasing - Idiom issue - at improving it ; not even a sentence

b) at improving it, the gas-guzzling SUV continued its decline in the market, to cease production - Idiom issue - at improving it ; parallelism issue

c) at improving it, the gas-guzzling SUV continued declining in the market, and production was ceased - Idiom issue - at improving it

d) to improve it, the gas-guzzling SUV continued its decline in the market, and production was ceased - Correct

e) to improve it, the gas-guzzling SUV is continuing its decline in the market, and to cease production - Parallelism issue; usage of present continuous

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Despite last minute efforts by the company's design team at improving it, the gas-guzzling SUV, continuing its decline in the market, production ceasing at the end of the decade.

a) at improving it, the gas-guzzling SUV, continuing its decline in the market, production ceasing

b) at improving it, the gas-guzzling SUV continued its decline in the market, to cease production

c) at improving it, the gas-guzzling SUV continued declining in the market, and production was ceased

d) to improve it, the gas-guzzling SUV continued its decline in the market, and production was ceased

e) to improve it, the gas-guzzling SUV is continuing its decline in the market, and to cease production
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