Other papers have editorialized, criticizing the government for its inflexibility.

This is an example of the word editorialize found in Collins English Dictionary. I would like to know if there's any difference in meaning between it and

Other papers have editorialized and criticized the government for its inflexibility.

I know they are different sentence structures but the original sentence contains a participle clause criticizing the government for its inflexibility and participle clauses are also explained as some parts of their original sentence being reduced and that includes conjunctions.


They would likely be understood to mean the same thing. However, the first construction implies that the "criticized" is a further explanation of the "editorialized" content, i.e., that they have been criticizing the government and therefore editorializing. The second construction implies that they have been doing two different things: editorializing and criticizing the government. In this case, the editorializing, though it is still implied that it is about the government, could have been something besides criticism.

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