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    How to use "factoring" & "and"

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    I am writing a sentence (below) for my research. I don't know if I should use "Factor" or "Factoring" to start a sentence. And, is it better to add an "and" to connect the next sentence?

    Factor in vast foreign exchange reserves and tight central government control of the banking sector, and it appears the credit situation in China is well under control. An imminent debt crisis is therefore highly unlikely.


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    Re: How to use "factoring" & "and"

    Quote Originally Posted by holdenenglish View Post
    Dear teachers


    I am writing a sentence (below) for my research. I don't know if I should use "Factor" or "Factoring" to start a sentence. And, is it better to add an "and" to connect the next sentence?

    Factor in vast foreign exchange reserves and tight central government control of the banking sector, and it appears the credit situation in China is well under control. An imminent debt crisis is therefore highly unlikely.


    Regards

    Holden
    The first word should be "factoring". The "and" is incorrect.

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    Re: How to use "factoring" & "and"

    Quote Originally Posted by holdenenglish View Post
    Factor in vast foreign exchange reserves and tight central government control of the banking sector, and it appears the credit situation in China is well under control. An imminent debt crisis is therefore highly unlikely.
    The sentence is correct as it is. I don't see how 'factoring' could work there.

    This 'Do one thing and another thing happens' is roughly equivalent to a conditional sentence:


    If you factor in vast foreign exchange reserves and tight central government control of the banking sector, then it appears the credit situation in China is well under control.

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    Re: How to use "factoring" & "and"

    If you use "factoring" lose the "and."

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    Re: How to use "factoring" & "and"

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    The sentence is correct as it is. I don't see how 'factoring' could work there.

    This 'Do one thing and another thing happens' is roughly equivalent to a conditional sentence:


    If you factor in vast foreign exchange reserves and tight central government control of the banking sector, then it appears the credit situation in China is well under control.
    It works as a participial phrase with the change I made. A second read of the sentence as an imperative made the original better.

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    Re: How to use "factoring" & "and"

    You're right - sorry. If you make it "factoring" AND drop the "and" you're good. But the original is also fine. I think we're all in agreement now.
    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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