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"The evidence that the flower in the greenhouse failing to endure any storms indicates that kids should never be spoiled too much."

This sentence is the answer of an translation question which I found in a English exercise book. The question required me to translate a sentence from my native language to English. And I doubt the "failing" in this sentence, I think there must be something wrong.

Is this sentence right or wrong? If it is wrong, could you show the right one? Thank you very much!

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    Well, I think the first part of your sentence needs a verb. "The evidence that the flower in the greenhouse is failing (or fails) to..." – helen Sep 22 '18 at 13:40
  • My viewpoint is the same with you, but my friend's wasn't. Thanks! – Chunguang Lai Sep 23 '18 at 1:52
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Your example sentence

The evidence that the flower in the greenhouse failing to endure any storms indicates that kids should never be spoiled too much.

Is grammatical, but a bit awkward.

It might be said as

The evidence that a flower grown in a greenhouse fails to endure any storms indicates that kids should never be spoiled too much.

since the author is not speaking about a particular flower or greenhouse

or

The evidence of greenhouse flowers, failing to endure any storms, indicates that kids should never be spoiled too much.

  • Thanks! My friends and I were confused about this sentence and argued for a long time. – Chunguang Lai Sep 23 '18 at 1:48

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