I came across this sentence:

My sense suddenly tingling warning me of danger!

And I would like to understand what it is:

My sense suddenly tingling

Is this a noun phrase? It's just that I would write this sentence with be:

My sense are suddenly tingling

Did they just omit the verb be, or is it a noun phrase (or gerund)?

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    "My sense suddenly tingling warning me of danger!" is grammatically incorrect, especially without context. for example "I turned the corner. My sense suddenly tingling warning me of danger, i ducked" could be considered correct, if a little weird May 16, 2021 at 12:55
  • @flumperious it's a comic book and there's just a new frame with the character's thought(which is written above) . The previous sentence was something like: " I'll shoot my roll and bounce off to the police station "
    – Omegon
    May 16, 2021 at 13:03
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    if its a thought bubble, then you are correct, "My sense is suddenly tingling warning me of danger!" would be grammatically correct (if the character has some kind of superpower-sense) May 16, 2021 at 13:08
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    Idiomatically, it's almost always plural when we talk about our senses tingling. May 16, 2021 at 15:58
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    The first example text My sense suddenly tingling warning me of danger isn't a "sentence" (because it doesn't include an "active" verb) - it's just a fairly lengthy noun phrase. The least change to make it "valid" would be My senses suddenly tingling warned me of danger. May 16, 2021 at 16:03

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I think the way the person wrote it is more in a book or poetry context so that would be fine, but to speak you would say “my senses are suddenly tingling, warning me of danger”


This sentence lacks something and that I think is the main verb.. "Warning" is the gerund I presume

It should have been stated like this:

My sense suddenly started tingling, warning me of danger

So by this idea, if we ignore the main verb then it is OK and grammatically correct which I have seen it is said in slang form of conversations


The present continues tense is grammatically correct as well, and we all now that present continues or progressive can be used in situations that are just started to take place

My sense is suddenly tingling, warning me of danger

  • Auxiliary "be" verb can also be used instead of "started". Another scenario, "My senses suddenly tingling was warning me of danger". May 16, 2021 at 14:02
  • @Man_From_India Yes that is correct it refers to the past tense of a sentence May 16, 2021 at 14:46

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