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From this (very helpful) video I learned about the basic structure of a sentence.

WHO > WHAT > WHERE > WHEN > HOW > WHY

Now I'm trying to learn about different word orders. Specifically I'm learning participle.

  1. Is it correct to think about participle as the HOW part of the sentence?

E.g.

They ran downstairs looking angry.

WHO WHAT WHERE HOW

or

Looking angry they ran downstairs.

HOW WHO WHAT WHERE

  1. The teacher from the video said when you switch the word order the sentence might sound unnatural. Does the second example sound unnatural to a native speaker?

Thanks

  • As a teacher, I personally have never tried it and here is the first time I came across. About the unnaturallity of your 2nd example I should say it is not unnatural at all. But I am not a native. Wait 4 them 2 help u. – user33000 Jun 5 '16 at 20:57
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They ran downstairs looking angry.

and

Looking angry they ran downstairs.
Looking lost, they ran out the door.

Both sentences are fine and understandable.

The sentence might be rewritten

Angrily, they ran downstairs.

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