Sentence Correction
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Q.

China’s economy continues to flourish this year: industrial production grew, inflation has eased, and the trade surplus swelled.

 A.

grew, inflation has eased, and the trade surplus swelled 

 B.

has grown, inflation has eased, and the trade surplus swelled

 C.

has grown, inflation eased, and the trade surplus has swelled 

 D.

has grown, inflation eased, and the trade surplus is swelling

 E.

is growing, inflation easing and the trade surplus swelling

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Solution:
Option(E) is correct

This is a simple matter of making the items in the list parallel. If we use the present perfect tenses (has grown etc.) we can put ‘has’ in all the items, or put it once (in front of the first item), but we can put it in any other arrangement.

 This rule gets rid of A, B and C. D switches between present perfect and present continuous, whereas E, the correct answer, sticks with the present continuous.


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