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New post 09 May 2013, 00:14
What is "hurting" modifying in this sentence?
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New post 09 May 2013, 01:03
Hi Fozzy,

Here is the full sentence for B (the correct answer)

The recent decrease in revenue has been attributed to rising energy prices and plummeting consumer confidence, which was much lower than is typical for this time of year, hurting sales of big ticket items such as automobiles.


Hurting is related to 'plummeting consumer confidence' as ever with a section within 2 commas you can remove that bit from the sentence and it will still make sense. Here is the shorter sentence which makes it clear:


The recent decrease in revenue has been attributed to rising energy prices and plummeting consumer confidence, hurting sales of big ticket items such as automobiles.


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New post 29 Dec 2013, 19:22
agdimple333 wrote:
The recent decrease in revenue has been attributed to rising energy prices and plummeting consumer confidence, much lower than is typical for this time of year, which hurt sales of big ticket items such as automobiles.



A. much lower than is typical for this time of year, which hurt
B. which was much lower than is typical for this time of year, hurting
C. because it was much lower than is typical for this time of year, which hurt
D. being much lower than typically is for this time of year, hurting
E. having been much lower than is typical for this time of year and hurt


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Re: The recent decrease in revenue has been attributed to rising   [#permalink] 29 Dec 2013, 19:22

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