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The paragraph below contains blank spaces indicating omissions in the text. For some blanks, it is necessary to choose the completion that is most appropriate to the meaning of the passage; for other blanks, you have to choose the one completion that forms a grammatically correct sentence. Be sure to read the entire paragraph completely before answering the questions related to it.

Selon Blank   (19)   , les Français célèbrent les fêtes de fin d’année en Blank   (20)    un bon nombre d’huîtres et d’autres Blank   (21)    de mer. Ils offrent de petits cadeaux à Blank   (22)    envers qui ils sont Blank   (23)   . Et ils envoient des Blank   (24)    de voeux à Blank   (25)    amis et collègues.

No

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Select the most appropriate completion for blank (20).

consommant

Correct Answer: 
Yes

consommé

Correct Answer: 
No

avoir consommé

Correct Answer: 
No

consommer

Correct Answer: 
No

Here en should be followed by a present participle gerund, equivalent to the English –ing verbal nouns following words like “while” or “by.” Choice (A), consommant (eating), is the present participle and therefore the correct answer. Choice (B), consommé (eaten), is the past participle. Choice (C), avoir consommé (to have eaten), is the past infinitive. And choice (D), consommer (to eat), is the present infinitive.

Question Difficulty: 
easy