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Conditional and participle

I came across a website that says past participle can also be used to replace conditional clause. For example: Given the choice, most people would want to choose good health over good fortune. ( ...
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“When they had made themselves comfortable, a stranger appeared looking very angry.” Why 'looking'?

When they had made themselves comfortable, a stranger appeared looking very angry. May you help me why it uses looking in the sentence? Why not use 'looked'? How to comprehend the word 'looking'?
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“ing”-form after “while” / “during” question

I was wondering - when using "while" usually the "ing" form of a verb follows but what if the sentence continues? Example: While his friends are enjoying (1. ing) their vacation at the beach he ...
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Which of the two words sounds more natural and common to native speakers? “Though merging/merged…”

You know that the word 'merge' is both transitive and intransitive. Then in the following sentence, which of the two sounds more natural and common to native speakers? And why? Though (merging/...
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Can you explain what is wrong with this sentence: “Being asked about the experiment, I encourage other people to have a try,”

Today in class we studied participle clauses. Students were asked to transform with sentence "When I am asked about the experiment, I encourage other people to have a try." The correct textbook answer ...
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Being washed two weeks ago

Is "being" okay in the following? What difference does it make if it is removed? (Being) washed two weeks ago, the car still looks spotlessly clean.
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Confused about tenses

Having received a Western-style school education and worked very hard to improve his writing skills, he later became a famous professional writer. The second worked follows the past tense aspect. But ...
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Participle clause

I want to mean that "I studied in a University and I majored in Accounting", but I'm wondering what should I write with the participle clause. Graduated from ABC University and majored in ...
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Is this sentence Participial Construction?

When it comes to social policy, President Trump embraces conservative politics as usual, continuing a nearly four-decades-long effort to make these policies more restrictive. (excerpt from NYT The ...
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What's the structure of the sentence?

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/chinas-powerful-general-xi-jinping-henchman-meets-mattis/ The Americans fear China's military leaders—untested in combat—combined with an array of new high-...
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Subordinate clause within a sentence

I'm always confused with this type of clause - I wake up feeling tired, I went home trying to sleep etc. I am always confused when and how to use this type of clause (please correct me and let me ...
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Participle clauses with multiple subjects

I was told that the following sentence was incorrect because the participle clause has a different subject: "When deciding punishments for crimes, criminals' intentions are important." If that's ...
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Participle clause as sentence without conjugated verb?

I've recently come across a sentence in an essay I proofread that went something like "Focusing on these experimental and statistical strategies." I thought it wasn't really a sentence and suggested ...
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omitting 'being' in a participial construction?

A: Why didn't you include this song in your newly released album? B: _________ could be, it was a poor fit that had to be abandoned. (a) As pedestrian as (b) Being as pedestrian as (c) ...
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Is this grammatical to say 'the surpassing all others platform'?

Is this grammatical to say Twitter had the chance to become a true global public square, the surpassing all others free-speech platform of the digital age instead of Twitter had the chance to ...
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using V-ing after When

Actually I'm doing a Grammar exercise that require me to identify mistake in a sentence. Here's the sentence: (A)When hearing the weather forecast, we decide (B)not to go camping (C)in the (D) ...
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The Rules of using the “ing” verb?

I am a little confused with the way "ing" verbs are used. As English is my second language I can't seem to quite understand how it's used. For example: "...doing lots of outdoor activities, ...
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Several questions about participle clauses

Good evening guys! Reading Gold Proficiency Maximiser, I found this chart worth discussing. I have several questions about it, so let's start: 1. Nobody having any more questions to ask, the meeting ...
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What is 'playing' in 'He hurt his back playing squash'?

Consider this sentence: He hurt his back playing squash. What is the role of playing squash here? Is it a reduced adverbial clause or a present participle phrase? If so, why isn't there a comma ...
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Use of conjunctive adverb with participle clause

I have written a sentence by using participle clause any contribution cannot be erased from the mind, therefore being essential for being successful But my teacher is saying that "therefore being ...
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What is the grammatical function of “knowing” in the sentence “he's grown up knowing your name.”?

Is the following a reduced form? He's grown up knowing your name. If yes, what has the original form been?
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difference between “looking” and “looked” here-

It left the German Embassy looking as though it had been racked by an earthquake. It left the German Embassy looked as though it had been racked by an earthquake. Is the #2 a correct ...
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Distinguishing adjective or adverb clause?

Which one "A" or "B" shows the relation between the following sentence? "Feeling somewhat overwhelmed by all the attention he was receiving, the young star decided to take a break and go back to ...
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Confusion in sentence formation consisting participle clause

I have written some sentences to demonstrate my skills in writing participle clause. Later,my friend whom I have given these sentences replied that these sentences are confusing and wrong. But I can ...
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What does it mean when the sentence take the form of '~ , meaning ~'?

I often see sentences that take the form of ". . . , doing . . . ". I'm not sure what exactly it means. I want to do some research for this sentence pattern, but I even don't know the keyword to ...
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Use of have as a present participle

As a teacher in Germany we teach the rule that relative clauses can be shortened using participles (e.g. "The car driving along the road was blue." as opposed to "The car which was driving along the ...
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usage of 'having been + past participle'

Is it okay to use 'Having been+third form' as the reduction of Passive Relative Clause in Simple Past Tense in order to put more emphasis? The actor who was chosen for the role is looking for a ...
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Adjectival Participle Clause

I was reading an article on "Pidgin English" a couple of days ago. It started like this: " There is a story of a British consul in China who was asked to marry a young Danish sailor and a Chinese ...
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Present participle to join sentences

Here are two sentences which have been transformed into two different kinds of sentence having a different structure to the first version: 1a) All the employees are huge basketball fans. That makes ...
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Formation of passive participle clause

Here is a sentence which I think an example of passive participle clause: After being arrested, he was taken to the police station. I think the above sentence with 'being+p.p' is an example ...
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Being taken and being beaten

In the previous question I was told that these sentences are clumsy and their meanings are confusing: Being taken to the hospital, he survived. Being beaten by the snow, he died. Can I convert ...
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Understanding absolute construction

I've read in http://profrajappansblog.blogspot.co.ke/2010/10/participial-construction-absolute.html?m=1 It says that absolute construction makes use of absolute phrase. Here, absolute means '...
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participle with different subjects

I think a participle clause and main clause having different subjects is exception to the rule of participles. I found the following sentences in a grammar book and in some internet resources which I ...
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“no + gerund” or “not + gerund”

In order to compare them, I wrote below sentences: Reading books is the solution not watching TV [a moral advice]. Reading books is the solution no watching TV [a moral advice]. I ...
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Reduction of Subject Regarding Present Participle

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 ...
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Being+past participle

should we use 'being' with past participle' when we want to give reson for the action in the main clause? For example For example, Being offered a visa for USA, I'm going to go there. (since/...
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“Not being good at swimming, he didn't like it.” Could we omit the word “being” here?

Not being good at swimming, he didn't like it. Could we omit the word "being" here? Not good at swimming, he didn't like it. Which one is grammatically correct?
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“ . . . as construction teams complete/completing the bridge widening project”

This sentence is correct: Sentence A. Expect transportation delays in Havering High Street next week as construction teams complete the bridge widening project." But is this sentence also ...
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Sentences with two or more participial clauses

Waiting for John, I made some tea. This sentence contains only one participial clause. Is it possible to have a sentence that include two or more participial clauses? If there is, would anybody ...
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Use of present participle phrases, when they don't have any verbs

For each feeder, a photo transistor scans its own track of an endless 35-mm film, giving a selection for each jack control spring as it passes the control position of the feeder. This sentence has ...
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Non-finite clauses?

I put the question mark in the title, as I'm not entirely sure that's the correct term for the phenomenon I'd like to ask about. I'd like to know if there's anything wrong - semantically, ...
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Is it OK to have a participle clause with a different subject, like “While chatting, my phone rang suddenly”?

While chatting, my phone rang suddenly. In the sentence, the subject of the participle clause is different from that of the main clause. I'd like to know whether it is grammatical.
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What is the logical subject of the adverbial “with his gun aiming at David”?

I'm confused about a mulitple-choice question: He didn't answer, with his gun __________ at David. a. aims b. to aim c. aiming d. being aimed My first reaction was that the gun was ...
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Participles indicating nouns or phrase

I was on the boat, floating in the river. Here the task of floating indicates what I was doing, i.e I is the subject of participle phrase. floating is not indicating boat, because a comma has been ...
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functions that are great for timing code to run after a delay — is “timing” an adjective or gerund?

Source: JavaScript for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming by Nick Morgan Example: In this chapter, you learned how to write JavaScript that runs only when you want it to. The setTimeout ...
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Does “those entering adulthood” mean “the people who enter adulthood”?

Source: Those entering adulthood now will form the backbone of Chinese society at a pivotal moment, as the ranks of the elderly grow rapidly and as the economy faces new strains, including a ...
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Sentences beginning with verbs in -ing and -ed forms

I'm confused with these sentences. Can you point out what's wrong and what's correct for me? Heard the voice, he responded immediately. Hearing the voice, he responded immediately.
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Are “speaking for” and “If I speak for” interchangeable?

Speaking for my experience in America, the best way to handle it is …<blah blah blah>. Is it a participle clause that can be changed into "If I speak for my experience in America, the best …<...
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What kind of participle clause is applied in the following examples?

Going back to the subject of justin bieber, famous for rubbing everyone the wrong way, if he is waiting for Selena GomeZ, his ex-girlfriend, to provide him protection from the blows then he can talk ...
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May I use participle clause about “one action that happens just before another” in simple tense?

My own example: "I take off my contact lenses and I always feel tingle." Does the sentence I shortened equal the example below? "Taking off my contact lenses, I always feel tingle."