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What does this participial construction "multiplied by the consequences" modify? The risk of a particular event is defined as the product of the probability of that event’s occurring multiplied by the consequences should it actually occur. --- What does this participial construction "multiplied by the consequences" modify? And I don't know what this sentence conveys. It makes me frustrated.ㅠㅠ Please help me! Thanks in advance!!
Jul 3, 2015 11:17 AM
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It's a bit poorly worded, that is, it's redundant. I would say "risk = probability × consequences"
July 5, 2015
Interesting. I see the sentence is from a Korean publisher's source that tweaked final exam's sentence. The participial phrase seems to be modifying the preceding clause, so there should be a comma before "multiplied by..." as follows: The risk of a particular event is defined as the product of the probability of that event’s occurring, multiplied by the consequences should it actually occur. I don't think the sentence sounds natural even with the comma. It's just my opinion. I'm not a native speaker of English, so let's wait for further answers.
July 3, 2015
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