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Longer life spans mean more people, worsening food and housing supply difficulties.

Can I change the sentence above to the sentence below?

Longer life spans mean more people, and worsen food and housing supply difficulties.

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    No, because "worsen" is a verb so it cannot modify the noun phrase "food and housing supply difficulties". (Verbs do not normally modify nouns). – BillJ Apr 6 at 13:09
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    Disagreeing with @BillJ: Yes, you can use mean and worsen as parallel verbs in this way. – Anton Sherwood Apr 6 at 23:37

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