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In the U.S. Army, individual squads are combined to form platoons of 1

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In the U.S. Army, individual squads are combined to form platoons of 16 to 44 soldiers, each of which consists of a lieutenant and an NCO (non-commissioned officer), who are first and second in command, respectively.


A. each of which consists of a lieutenant and an NCO (non-commissioned officer)

B. each platoon consisting of a lieutenant and an NCO (non-commissioned officer)

C. with each of them consisting of a lieutenant and an NCO (non-commissioned officer)

D. and each platoon consisting of a lieutenant and an NCO (non-commissioned officer)

E. each consists of a lieutenant and an NCO (non-commissioned officer)




My question is does not the clause "each platoon consisting of a lieutenant and an NCO (non-commissioned officer)" missing a verb.

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My question is does not the clause "each platoon consisting of a lieutenant and an NCO (non-commissioned officer)" missing a verb.

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I can help! :)

The clause that you are looking at does have a verb! :) In the clause, "consisting" is the verb in the clause.
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My question is does not the clause "each platoon consisting of a lieutenant and an NCO (non-commissioned officer)" missing a verb.

Please help!!


I can help! :)

The clause that you are looking at does have a verb! :) In the clause, "consisting" is the verb in the clause.

Kevin isn't "consisting" should be used with a helping verb to be used as a verb in the clause.
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My question is does not the clause "each platoon consisting of a lieutenant and an NCO (non-commissioned officer)" missing a verb.

Please help!!


I can help! :)

The clause that you are looking at does have a verb! :) In the clause, "consisting" is the verb in the clause.

Kevin isn't "consisting" should be used with a helping verb to be used as a verb in the clause.


My apologies. I am totally wrong, and you are totally right. Usually we would need a helping verb. I did not look at the sentence close enough. Here "consisting" functions as a gerund, creating a modifying phrase that describes an aspect of the platoons. As such, no "be" verb is needed. Here is another example of using "consisting" like this:

"Brazilian officials announced the finished list of 83 on Tuesday, each consisting of a training centre with football pitches and a partner hotel." -Reuters
"The Arctic 30, consisting of 28 activists and two journalists, face up to seven years in prison on charges of hooliganism." -Salon

My apologies once again. I hope that this helps sort our the issue. :)
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In the U.S. Army, individual squads are combined to form platoons of 16 to 44 soldiers, each of which consists of a lieutenant and an NCO (non-commissioned officer), who are first and second in command, respectively.

A each of which consists of a lieutenant and an NCO (non-commissioned officer)
B each platoon consisting of a lieutenant and an NCO (non-commissioned officer)
C with each of them consisting of a lieutenant and an NCO (non-commissioned officer)
D and each platoon consisting of a lieutenant and an NCO (non-commissioned officer)
E each consists of a lieutenant and an NCO (non-commissioned officer)

OA My question is does not the clause "each platoon consisting of a lieutenant and an NCO (non-commissioned officer)" missing a verb.

Please help!!


A is not prefered though can be right in other questions because "which" is far from "platoon"
in C, "with+noun+noun modifier" should modify the main clause. but this modification is not logic here

B is good.
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Could anyone explain why option E is wrong ?

is it because of an independent clause and missing semi colon ?
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