Which answer is correct in this sentence?

Thanks to the newly (purchasing/ purchased) printer, we now have fewer problems.

I think the answer is purchased because I think it means the printer was recently purchased but my teacher's answer is purchasing and I have no chance to ask for explanation.

  • Purchased is the correct answer.
    – Raj 33
    Commented Nov 28, 2017 at 3:57

1 Answer 1


"purchased" is correct. It refers to an action that has been completed - The printer has been/was purchased.

The continuous tense can't be used in this context - "a purchasing printer" is the one doing the action here, which means that the printer is purchasing something. This makes no sense unless the printer has some kind of AI inbuilt.

Here is an example where the continuous is valid:

  • Thanks to the working generator, we now have electricity.

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