0

I'd like to ask questions about the exact tense of participial construction like the following sentence.

Having worked in the industry over the years, I have sometimes been surprised to see young workers have worked punctually while their bosses have worked too late.

Q. Which one is correct among the following paraphrases? 1. While I have worked in the industry for the years, I have sometimes been ... 2. While I worked in the industry over the years, I have sometimes been ... 3. As I worked in the industry over the years, I have sometimes been ...

I would like to know the exact tense of participle when rephrasing the subordinate clause or adverbial clause.

"While I have worked in the industry over the years, I have frequently seen that lower-level employees haven't stayed as late as their bosses have done [so is needed here or not?]."

  1. Working in the industry over the years, I have frequently seen that lower-level employees haven't stayed as late as their bosses have done.
  2. Having worked in the industry over the years, I have frequently seen that lower-level employees haven't stayed as late as their bosses have done.

migrated from english.stackexchange.com Apr 29 '17 at 21:50

This question came from our site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts.

  • Are you just trying to say that you’ve seen lower-level employees who don’t stay as late as their bosses do? – Jim Apr 28 '17 at 18:26
  • Or possibly you are trying to say that the workers arrived punctually while their bosses arrived late...? – Cascabel Apr 28 '17 at 18:47
0

Maybe,'While working in the industry...' would be more succinct.

0

Do you mean ''Having worked in the industry for years, I have noticed younger workers working punctually while their bosses usually come in late.'''

among the following paraphrases

  1. 'While I have worked in the industry for the years' emphasized a regular remark you are about to make being valid. So ''sometimes'' isn't the best fit. Always or usually fits better. But WHILE, implies you are gong to talk about something other than this industry!

    1. In 'While I worked in the industry over the years, I have sometimes been ...' WHILE is totally unnecessary. ''Working in the industry for several years .... I notice'' is good.
  2. ''As I worked in the industry over the years, I have sometimes been ..'' This is the most awkward. ''During my work over the years in this industry...'' would work.

But if the observation is only ''sometimes'' and not ''usually'' or 'always'' the need to state the years of experience to back it up, is not really necessary.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.