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Why is submitting used instead of submit in the sentence below from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Codebase?

They are often used by multi-developer projects to handle various versions and developers submitting various patches of code in an organized fashion.

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The and there combines the two parts - various versions and developers submitting various patches of code. In essence, it is to be taken as - to handle various versions and to handle developers submitting various patches of code.

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They are handling the following two things:

  1. various versions
  2. the fact that developers submit various patches of code in an organized fashion
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