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During the past decade, the labor market in France has not been operating according to free market principles, but instead stifling functioning through its various government regulations restricting the hiring and firing of workers.
 
A) principles, but instead stifling functioning through its various government regulations restricting the hiring and firing of workers
B) principles, instead it has been functioning in a stifled manner as a result of various government regulations that restrict the hiring and firing of workers
C) principles, rather functioning despite being stifled as a result of government regulations that variously restrict worker hiring and firing
D) principles; the hiring and firing of workers is restricted there by various government regulations, its functioning being stifled
E) principles; instead, its functioning has been stifled by various government regulations restricting the hiring and firing of workers
 
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The original sentence is wrong because of its usage of the possesive noun itsThe antecedent to "its" is "the labor market", which is kind of illogical that labor market is somehow possesing or passing government regulations itself. Secondly, the sentence wrongly uses active instead of passive voice to describe the effects imposed on the labor market by the govt regulations, thus illogically suggests that the labor market itself is troubling factor than the other forces.

A) Wrong for forementioned reasons

B) It incorrectly uses a comma to join 2 independent clauses. Hence creates a run on sentence. Two independent clauses must be connected either by a conjunction or by a semi colon

C)  Incorrect usage of stifled to modify labor market itslef, as opposed to function. The phrase variously restrict is kind of awkward. 

D) The underlined portion is grammatically correct, but does not stand alone as an effective independent clause.(Because a semi colon requires both parts of the sentence to stand independently)

E) CORRECT: its clearly refers to labor market. Two clauses are able stand independently.

answered Jul 20, 2014 by Guru (5,628 points)
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