I got stuck, trying to figure out how common and natural is the following construction:

he said, cracking open a beer

Is it also possible to use "he said, cracking a beer open"? Could anyone add some more examples of the same sentence pattern, just to be sure I recognize the subtleties?

Many thanks for any help!

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    It's very common. I drove slow, holding up traffic. The brick sat there, propping open the door. Amazon was up 4% today, lifting the overall market a bit. Etc., etc. – The Photon Aug 27 '19 at 18:34
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    thx for response! And what about kinda things like: "he said, cracking a beer open", "I drove slow, holding traffic up", they sound unnatural or they are simply ungrammatical? – Sasha Mayer Aug 27 '19 at 18:40
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    Neither unnatural nor ungrammatical, but idiomatic and grammatical. – J.R. Aug 27 '19 at 18:43
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    @EdwardBarnard thank you, Edward, very nice story which I will remind myself of while cracking a beer open )) – Sasha Mayer Aug 27 '19 at 22:16
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    Your example sentence is perfect and sounds terrific. The alternative (cracking a beer open) is grammatically correct but doesn’t sound as natural to my ear. – whiskeychief Aug 28 '19 at 0:50

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