[Resulted/Resulting] from the destruction of many forests, .

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peptidoglycan

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Turkish
_____from the destruction of many forests, much of the Scottish Highlands is now marshy wasteland.

A) To result
B) To have resulted
C) Result
D) Resulted
E) Resulting

I don't like any of the options. But, if I am forced to answer, I would pick resulting. What do you think? Thanks.
 
  • Warsaw Will

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    English - UK
    E) Resulting - this is the only one that works. You're using an Active participle clause, so you need the present participle (-ing form)

    But some people might see this as a 'dangling participle', suggesting that 'much of the Scottish Highlands' is a result of the destruction of the forests, although personally I think it's OK when talking about result. By changing it slightly you could also have 'As a result of the destruction ...', which avoids the problem.
     

    Wordnip

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    British English
    Yes, E) is the only suitable choice and is probably correct although I don't like the sound of it. However, a more common arrangement might be, 'As a result of the destruction of many forests, much of the ...'
     
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