I found a sentence in Collins online dictionary under the entry of boarded-up:

Mary went to one of the boarded-up windows, peered through the crack.

As there is a comma so it should qualify Mary.

But this format is really new to me.

There would be no difficulties if it were:

..., peering through the crack. (with a comma)


....cracked everywhere. (Without a comma)

Please explain the sentence.

Thanks in advance.

  • It's sounds bit weird. "Mary went to one of the boarded-up windows, and peered through the crack." is better, or: "Mary went to one of the boarded-up windows, peered through the crack, then instantly regretted doing so." Without a conjunction it sounds a bit weird. – user57928 Apr 19 '20 at 12:07

It looks to me as if the dictionary has trimmed a sentence, leaving something that is rather odd. It would be fine to have:

..., and peered through a crack.


... , peer through a crack, and saw ....

I'd gues that the original sentence was like the latter. The editor has trimmed down the last part (for reasons of space) but not inserted "and".

I don't think its a participle phrase. I think it is past tense.

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