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Even after lowering the volume, Suzanne found that her electric guitar so annoyed her neighbours that they complained to the building's manager

Why is the gerund used here? What sentence structure is this? I always felt the urge to change such sentences to something like:

Even after she lowered the volume, Suzanne found that her electric guitar so annoyed her neighbours that they complained to the building's manager

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    It's called present participle clause, and you prefer to convert it into a subordinate clause (with its own subject and predicate). – Victor Bazarov Sep 22 '15 at 16:12
  • or "even after she had lowered the volume" to reflect the past relative to another past in the sentence and also the completed aspect of the action taken. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Sep 22 '15 at 16:40
  • What is special about this use of a gerund? A gerund can be used after a preposition: Water is good for washing. – rogermue Sep 22 '15 at 19:59
  • @VictorBazarov Thanks Mate! Reading about the usage of the present participle clause and subordinate clauses right now. Thanks folks for the other responses too. – Random Codemonkey Sep 23 '15 at 5:33

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