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In 2006 he organised the wedding of the daughter of the then leader of Myanmar's junta, in which guests appeared draped in diamonds and drunk on cascades of champagne.

This sentence is from an article, I'm little confused about the bold part, it seems that it should be "...guests appeared to drape...and drink.."

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The original sentence is correct. The guests appeared - that is, they arrived. In what way did they appear? Draped in diamonds, and drunk. Those are just adjectives describing the way in which the guests were performing the action of "appearing".

To say that the guests "appeared to drape in diamonds" would mean that the guests seemed to be draping something else in diamonds. To say that the guests "appeared to drink" would mean that it looked like they were drinking.

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  • Thanks. Is there any difference if the sentence paragraphed like: "in which guests appeared draping in diamonds and drinking on cascades of champagne"?
    – way tang
    Commented Mar 20, 2018 at 10:00
  • "appeared draping in diamonds" is wrong because "draping" is a present participle and would mean that the guests were covering something else with diamonds. "appeared...drinking on cascades of champagne" is wrong because we say they were "drinking champagne", not "drinking on champagne". Also, it changes the meaning. Saying they "appeared drinking" means that they were in the act of drinking, whereas drunk means that they were intoxicated.
    – stangdon
    Commented Mar 20, 2018 at 11:28
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No, that wouldn't be correct. If you wanted to rewrite the sentence using to, you could say it like this:

In 2006 he organised the wedding of the daughter of the then leader of Myanmar's junta, in which guests appeared to be draped in diamonds and [to be] drunk on cascades of champagne.

As for your wording, that could be used if you were talking about something else:

In 2006 he organised the wedding of the daughter of the then leader of Myanmar's junta, in which guests appeared to drape themselves in diamonds and drink on cascades of champagne.

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