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    some questions

    Hi, I have some questions about the following sentence: "The intent is to move through the process as quickly as we can, making sure that we take the necessary time to ensure a complete, full, impartial execution of the process."
    Apparently, the sentence "making sure that we take the necessary time to ensure a complete, full, impartial execution of the process." is shortened from a complete sentence; Could you please tell me what the complete sentence is? In other words, what is the subject for "making"?
    I also want to ask how we can accurately find out the subject for participles like the "making" I just mentioned. According to the grammar books I have seen, they always say "S1+V1+O1, V2ing+O2." can only be the equivalent of "S1+V1+O1, and S1+V2+O2." However, I have read too many English sentences written by native English speakers that do not observe this grammar rule (for example, sometimes native English speakers seem to also change "S1+V1+O1, and O1+V2+O2." into "S1+V1+O1, V2ing+O2." This is just so confusing. Please help me. Thank you.

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    Re: some questions

    Try looking at it this way. (Please note, I'm going to modify the sentence to accommodate the ambiguity you see.)

    Ex: Our intent is to help her move through the process as quickly as she can, (by) making sure that she takes the necessary time to ensure a complete, full, impartial execution of the process.

    => We are going to make sure that she...

    Hope that helps.

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