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My teacher gave me an error identification question, which is : "An itch resulting when a nerve that can carry pain is only slightly stimulated". I have a feeling the word "resulting" is a fault but don't know how to use it properly or if it needs change. Please help me.

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  • Have you completed the assignment and handed it in already? Commented Apr 24, 2016 at 16:26
  • Nope, but I got the answer.
    – Lan Phung
    Commented Apr 24, 2016 at 16:46

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Resulting needs to be changed to results, because the verb should agree with the noun itch, which is singular, and the tense should be present, since the sentence is stating a generally true fact.

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  • But resulting can also be correct if the whole thing were to become a dependent clause: "An itch resulting [that results] when a nerve that can carry pain is only slightly stimulated, is different than a phantom itch experienced by some amputees."
    – Jim
    Commented Apr 24, 2016 at 16:33
  • True, but I was just working with what he had in the sentence.
    – Nick
    Commented Apr 24, 2016 at 16:35
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    Right so the "error in the statement" is either: 1. resulting should be results or 2. The last half of the sentence is missing.
    – Jim
    Commented Apr 24, 2016 at 16:37
  • Thanks Jim and Nick. It helps! At first I thought result is a transitive verb but it seems the word is both transitive and intransitive, isn't it?
    – Lan Phung
    Commented Apr 24, 2016 at 16:48
  • I believe result can only be intransitive, but you can make it seem like it's transitive if you expand it to results in [something]
    – Nick
    Commented Apr 24, 2016 at 16:51

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