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I have a question regarding Present Participle.

In the example below, I am wondering whether it is possible for the subject to be changed into an 'Empty Subject' it?

As I can see in the two listed uses of this website, the subjects for both clauses must be the same (and then one will be removed).

Stopping only for gas, it took the truck driver nearly 12 hours to deliver the shipment of goods from Kansas City to Grand Rapids.

Sorry for the headline, I don't know how to make it clearer.

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  • I forgot to post the link: [link] (edufind.com/english-grammar/present-participle) Jun 10, 2016 at 13:51
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    That will be understood in ordinary speech or writing, but it is formally incorrect: you should write "Stopping only for gas, the truck driver took nearly 12 hours to deliver the shipment of goods from Kansas City to Grand Rapids." Jun 10, 2016 at 15:16
  • Thanks for your explanation. That's what I have thought of. It seems like the reduced subject of the first clause is not the same as that of the other clause. Jun 10, 2016 at 18:10
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    You have understood this perfectly -- better, frankly, than most native-English writers! Jun 10, 2016 at 18:18
  • I have just checked what you suggested me, Dangling Modifier. It explains my question greatly. Jun 10, 2016 at 18:59

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Stopping only for gas, the truck driver had taken nearly 12 hours to deliver the shipment of goods from Kansas City to Grand Rapids.

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