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    #1

    present or participle

    Ultimately,Hong Kong will lose out as a less efficient market deters foreign businesses from participating in this service-based economy




    Is it better/necessary to change "deters" to "deterring" ?


    Thanks so much for awsering

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    Re: present or participle

    No, it's not better. It's wrong to change it as you suggest.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: present or participle

    To my knowledge, present participle can function as a modifier for the previous noun and therefore I dont understand that it is wrong to use "deterring " here, would anyone please explain and rectify my misunderstanding?

    Thanks so much

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    Re: present or participle

    "Deters" is the main verb in that clause. It has to stay in that form.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #5

    Re: present or participle

    You could write "is deterring".

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