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    Question giving choice or give choice

    hi there
    in a sentence like:
    " tv has a lots of program such as darama, talk show, giving viewers choice"
    why should use "giving " not "give"?
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    Re: giving choice or give choice

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    Hello, Kesler:

    This is how I understand it.

    1. If you want to, you can express your sentence in two sentences:

    "Television has many programs. It gives viewers a wide choice."

    a. Sometimes -- especially in elegant writing -- people combine those two sentences into:

    "Television has many programs, giving viewers a wide choice."



    2. Look at these two sentences:

    "Newspapers print a lot of information. They give their readers a window on the world."

    I am sure that you can now combine those two sentences into: "Newspapers print a lot of information, giving their readers a window on the world."

    3. Finally, look at this sentence that I have also made up: "Mona knows three languages, giving her a big advantage in job interviews."

    a. Can you change that sentence back to two sentences? I am sure that you said:

    "Mona knows three languages. It gives her a big advantage in job interviews." ["It" means "Mona's knowing three languages."]




    James

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    Re: giving choice or give choice

    "Television has many programs, and thus gives viewers a wide choice."
    Is it correct?

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    Re: giving choice or give choice

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    In my humble opinion, you are spot-on.

    You decided to change two sentences into a compound sentence:


    "Television has many programs, and [it] thus gives viewers a wide choice."

    Furthermore, as you correctly implied, the -ing version is often introduced by "thus":

    "Television has many programs, thus giving viewers a wide choice."

    In fact, if I understand my books correctly, all of these different versions are just a variation of:


    "Television has many programs, so that it gives viewers a wide choice."


    James


    If I have imparted any accurate information, all credit goes to George Oliver Curme in his A Grammar of the English Language, published in 1931 but containing historical material, most of which has NOT been discredited up to 2014.

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