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    Meaning of a part of a sentence

    Hi!
    I would ask you to help me understand a part of a sentence.

    Here is a bit of context.

    That professional, however, faces a problem. Can you imagine an investment consultant telling clients,
    year after year, to keep adding to an index fund replicating the S&P 500? That would be career suicide. Large
    fees flow to these hyper-helpers, however, if they recommend small managerial shifts every year or so. That
    advice is often delivered in esoteric gibberish that explains why fashionable investment “styles” or current
    economic trends make the shift appropriate.

    I am a little bit confused about the idea of last 4 words in the context, I've bolded them.

    Whether
    1) it is a cousative construction where formula doing as subject+cv+agent+verb+other

    Or

    2)it is a simple construction as subject(...trends)+verb(make)+sth (the shift, that is appropriate).

    The problem of understanding has occured because the word appropriate both can be as verb or adjective.

    Many thanks for your answer!

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    #2

    Re: Meaning of a part of a sentence

    "Appropriate" is an adjective in that sentence, modifying "shift". A simplified version of the sentence could read "That advice is given in gibberish that explains why something makes this an appropriate shift."
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