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    Please clarify: to be form

    Executives and federal officials say that the use of crack and cocaine is growing rapidly among workers,
    significantly compounding the effects of drug and alcohol abuse, which already are a cost to business of
    more than $100 billion a year.
    (A) significantly compounding the effects of drug and alcohol abuse, which already are a cost to business of
    (B) significantly compounding the effects of drug and alcohol abuse, which already cost business

    In this A is incorrect. Is it incorrect because after to be verb i.e., are a cost is not in plural unlike its subject effects? else are there are any flaws in it?

    Alos How is B correct? already cost business more than 100 billion a year.. is more than 100 billion a year an adjectival phrase to modify business?

    Please clarify

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    Re: Please clarify: to be form

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    Executives and federal officials say that the use of crack and cocaine is growing rapidly among workers,
    significantly compounding the effects of drug and alcohol abuse, which already are a cost to business of
    more than $100 billion a year.
    (A) significantly compounding the effects of drug and alcohol abuse, which already are a cost to business of
    (B) significantly compounding the effects of drug and alcohol abuse, which already cost business

    In this A is incorrect. Is it incorrect because after to be verb i.e., are a cost is not in plural unlike its subject effects? else are there are any flaws in it?

    Alos How is B correct? already cost business more than 100 billion a year.. is more than 100 billion a year an adjectival phrase to modify business?

    Please clarify
    The correct answer should read: " ... which already cost business more than $100 billion a year."
    Firstly "which already are a cost" should be "which are already a cost", but I don't think that's the problem.
    Perhaps you are right.
    In any case, if B is correct, they are stating that
    "The effects are not a cost to business." But, "The effects do cost business."
    I'm not sure whether that's a difference. Both are grammatical to me.

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    Re: Please clarify: to be form

    yeah, probably you are right. I feel A could be wrong due to the prepositional phrase' location. What is your opine?

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    Re: Please clarify: to be form

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    yeah, probably you are right. I feel A could be wrong due to the prepositional phrase' location. What is your opine?
    Quite possibly, given that I've got no other idea

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