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contraction/omission of 'which' #1 (permalink) Thu Jan 11, 2007 8:11 am   contraction/omission of 'which'
 

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ESL/EFL Test #80 "Company Decisions", question 10

Especially large corporations ......... on an international scale create and pursue a human resources policy covering many different aspects.

(a) operates
(b) operating
(c) operation
(d) operated

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #80 "Company Decisions", answer 10

Especially large corporations operating on an international scale create and pursue a human resources policy covering many different aspects.

Correct answer: (b) operating
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Could you tell me why operated is wrong or not so good as operating?

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Operating #2 (permalink) Thu Jan 11, 2007 9:53 am   Operating
 

Hi Haihao,

This is really a contraction of: Especially large corporations which are operating ... The word operating suggests working.

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contraction/omission of 'which' #3 (permalink) Sat Jan 23, 2010 13:04 pm   contraction/omission of 'which'
 

Hi Sir..

How can we differentiate whether the sentence such a contraction or not? I am in a half of understanding ;).

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contraction/omission of 'which' #4 (permalink) Sat Jan 23, 2010 13:21 pm   contraction/omission of 'which'
 

Hi,

The present participle 'operating' following the noun suggests that this is what the noun 'is doing'. By using 'operated' after the noun you are then using the past simple tense and that wouldn't make sense in the test sentence because the next verb 'pursue' is in the present.

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