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Sentence Correction: Sentence vs. Clause vs. Fragment

Although the market tempts guitarists with digital signal processors of every shape and size, few of these products manage to come close to creates the characteristic analog sound that hand-made effects pedals provide.

Great!

The original sentence contained a grammar error: The first verb in the clause beginning the underlined section is manage. Creates is not the first verb in this clause, so it should not be conjugated. This answer choice corrects the original Verb Form mistake, by changing the conjugated form creates to the non-conjugated form creating.

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Note that this answer choice changes the original word order and also uses slightly different words, making it seem very different from the original sentence. However, it does not change the meaning of the original sentence. Furthermore, it is the only grammatically correct answer choice, as the other answer choice all include fragment errors.

Incorrect.

While this answer choice corrects the original Verb Form mistake, by changing the conjugated form creates to the non-conjugated form creating,  it creates the same type of mistake elsewhere in the sentence.

Came is not the first verb in this clause and should thus be non-conjugated. However, came is conjugated - it is the past form (V2) of come.

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Incorrect.

While this answer choice corrects the original Verb Form mistake, by changing the conjugated form creates to the non-conjugated form creating,  it creates the same type of mistake elsewhere in the sentence, and thus creates a fragment.

This question consists of several clauses, the second of which begins after comma:

few of these products managing to come close to creating the characteristic analog sound

The first verb in this clause is managing. It should be conjugated, but it is not: managing is in the form of Verb+ing, which is one of the non-conjugated verb forms. The change to managing leaves the last clause without a conjugated verb, and thus creates a fragment.

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Incorrect.

While this answer choice corrects the original Verb Form mistake, by changing the unnecessarily conjugated form creates to the non-conjugated form creating, it creates the same type of mistake in a different part of the sentence. 

This question consists of several clauses, the last of which begins after the word that:

hand-made effects pedals providing

The first verb in this clause is providing. It should be conjugated, but it is not: providing is in the form of Verb+ing, which is one of the non-conjugated verb forms. The change to providing leaves the last clause without a conjugated verb, and thus creates a fragment.

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Incorrect.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. The first verb in the clause beginning the underlined section is manage. The following verbs in this clause should therefore not be conjugated. However, in this answer choice, creates is conjugated: it is the present form (V1) of create.

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few of these products manage to come close to creates the characteristic analog sound that hand-made effects pedals provide
few of these products manage to come close to creating the characteristic analog sound that hand-made effects pedals providing
only some of these products managing to come close to creating the characteristic analog sound that hand-made effects pedals provide
hardly any of these products manage to came close to creating the characteristic analog sound that hand-made effects pedals provide
a hand-made effects pedal provides a characteristic analog sound that only some of these products manage to come close to creating