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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.
Last edited by holdenenglish; 21-Feb-2014 at 08:35.
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.
If you use "factoring" lose the "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.