In order to put out the terrible fire in a high building, 20 firefighters in Hengyang, Hunan province succeeded in rushing into the building, unfortunately ____ in the fire and ___ their lives.
A) caught, losing
B) catching, lost
C) caught, lost
D) catching, losing
This is said to be a problematic question, and none of the answers is correct. Even so, I'd like to ask some questions here.
1. in the first blank, "caught" is a past participle, thus it forms an absolute structure.
But why it is wrong?
As it was discussed in a previous thread, "their lives" needs a vt verb, isn't its participle form exactly "losing"?
I'd like to hear your enlightening comments.
Many thanks in advance.