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# Several consumer protection agencies have filed suit, seeking to bar

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16 Dec 2017, 13:10
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Several consumer protection agencies have filed suit, seeking to bar distributors from advertising treatments for baldness that brings no discernible improvement and may even result in potential harm.

(A) that brings no discernible improvement and may even result in potential harm

(B) that bring no discernible improvement and may even prove harmful

(C) bringing no discernible improvement and even being harmful

(D) that brings no discernible improvement and may even potentially result in harm being done

(E) that bring no discernible improvement, maybe even resulting in harm
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16 Dec 2017, 13:37
chesstitans wrote:
Several consumer protection agencies have filed suit, seeking to bar distributors from advertising treatments for baldness that brings no discernible improvement and may even result in potential harm.

A) that brings no discernible improvement and may even result in potential harm.
(b) that bring no discernible improvement and may even prove harmful
(C) bringing no discernible improvement and even being harmful
D. that brings no discernible improvement and may even potentially result in harm being done.
E. that bring no discernible improvement, maybe even resulting in harm.

Subjct- verb agreement, Here brings point to the subject treatments, so we need a plural verb bring.
A,C,D is out.

Between B and E, B looks better when compared
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16 Dec 2017, 13:51
I always get confused in similar questions thinking what "that" should refer to. Immediate noun Or anything which make sense to the sentence.

Immediate noun (baldness) does not make sense but treatments for baldness do. So instead of "brings" I would use "bring" and between B and E, will go for B

+1 for B.

Waiting on OA.

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16 Dec 2017, 19:42
chesstitans wrote:
Several consumer protection agencies have filed suit, seeking to bar distributors from advertising treatments for baldness that brings no discernible improvement and may even result in potential harm.

A) that brings no discernible improvement and may even result in potential harm.
(b) that bring no discernible improvement and may even prove harmful
(C) bringing no discernible improvement and even being harmful
D. that brings no discernible improvement and may even potentially result in harm being done.
E. that bring no discernible improvement, maybe even resulting in harm.

Several consumer protection agencies have filed suit, seeking to bar distributors from advertising treatments for baldness that brings no discernible improvement and may even result in potential harm.

A) that brings no discernible improvement and may even result in potential harm. - SV Error
(b) that bring no discernible improvement and may even prove harmful - Correct
(C) bringing no discernible improvement and even being harmful - Incorrect use of verb-ing modifier
D. that brings no discernible improvement and may even potentially result in harm being done. - SV Error
E. that bring no discernible improvement, maybe even resulting in harm. - poor sentence structure
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14 Feb 2019, 06:28
chesstitans wrote:
Several consumer protection agencies have filed suit, seeking to bar distributors from advertising treatments for baldness that brings no discernible improvement and may even result in potential harm.

A. that brings no discernible improvement and may even result in potential harm.
B. that bring no discernible improvement and may even prove harmful
C. bringing no discernible improvement and even being harmful
D. that brings no discernible improvement and may even potentially result in harm being done.
E. that bring no discernible improvement, maybe even resulting in harm.

Hi,

CPA-consumer protection agencies
I have a doubt related to the usage of Verb ing modifers in this case.

Verbing modifiers can be used for basically 3 things .

1) present the result of something
2) tell about the how aspect
3) Give generic description.
So, in my opinion, this sentence falls under the category of giving a generic description. Here the verb ing modifier describes what the suit is about, thus gives a generic description.
Now to check the doers: have filed suit--- CPA seeking ban on advts---CPA
If we wanted to explain about the how aspect in this sentence then it would have been something like this: Several consumer protection agencies have filed suit, hiring the top notch lawyer firm ABC
Then it would have explained the how aspect that" CPA has filed the lawsuit " How has it filed the lawsuit- by hiring the top notch lawyers.
Case 3: Result
Several consumer protection agencies have filed suit, resulting in a ban on advertisements for baldness treatments.
Here the doers for the actions filing suit and resulting are different. so this should not be correct.
Also the generic description for the verb ing modifier- what is the limit for this generic description rule. How far can it go and what sort of information can be there.

Please review my explanation and help me find answer to my questions.

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14 Feb 2019, 08:52
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Sorry Friend! The: so-called comma+verb+ing" falls outside the underline. Therefore, I wouldn't bother about. If you want t to know for the sake of knowledge, take something that is within underlined.
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11 Apr 2019, 10:54
I'm wondering if my thought is right. Hope someone could help clarify. Thank you in advance.

-ing form in C is incorrect because -ing form as adjective is required to immediately follow or precede the modified noun?

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