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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."
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Can I change OP's sentence like this without affecting the meaning?

OP Used sparingly, this face cream should last you until Christmas. If you use it sparingly, this face cream should last you until Christmas. Does the first participle clause also equal "if ...
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“What do you mean?” I say, my brows furrowing in confusion. - Is this a participial phrase?

I can't understand how the phrase "my brows furrowing in confusion" doesn't have any verb. In the Elements of Style, I read that "A participial phrase at the beginning of a sentence must refer to the ...
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How to parse the future tense of "Driving on the highway, you will see a big sign"?

OP"Participle clause doesn't indicate a specific tense; instead, we should look at the main clause to understand it. Driving on the highway, one must be careful. (present) Driving on the highway, ...
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Is my example the same case as the link I gave? [duplicate]

Does "She went into the home and left shoes on the floor" equal "she went into the home, leaving the shoes on the floor". Plus, many people of this site said it was not the same thing. But I wish you ...
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Is such participle clause reducing usage constrained to only past tense?

As I saw on a grammar website, "She went into the home and left her shoes" equals "She went into the home, leaving her shoes". Can this usage also be used with other tenses? Like future tense, ...
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Is 'The driver was standing by the car smoking a cigarette ' a reduced participle clause?

OP: The driver was standing by the car smoking a cigarette as they emerged from the house. In the sentence above, may I change it into "The driver was standing by the car and was smoking a cigarette ...
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Can a "non-restricted attributive clause" be reformed as a relative clause?

Innovative locals, resting in the doldrums of off-season winter, noticed that when the large, ancient pipe leaked, escaping water coated the high walls of the gorge in spectacular ice." Could the ...
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Parsing "the main sources of contention being over the rights"

There were periodic challenges to the absolute authority of the king: the main sources of contention being over the rights of religious minorities (Jansenists and Protestants); and the rights of the ...
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red is a color creating anger

(a) Red is a color creating anger. (b) Red is a color which creates anger The first sentence above is supposed to be grammatically incorrect. Could you clarify what is wrong with it?
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Is "alarmed by the clock" a parenthesis or participle clause in this sentence?

Tony nervously watched the woman, alarmed by the clock. In this sentence, is alarmed by the clock a parenthesis or a participle clause modifying object Tony?
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B devours itself as a shadowed figure {returns / returning}

Why is the simple present used in the following sentence (describing League of Legends)? Bilgewater devours itself as a shadowed figure returns amidst the fire. (source) Shouldn't it be like the ...
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Should I use "having" or "have"?

I can't figure out whether this is a proper sentence I am an Engineer having knowledge in .. Or Is it proper to make it two sentence like I am an Engineer. I have knowledge in...
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Should I use comma or not before "wearing"?

Recently I saw a sentence like this: Did a guy just go by here wearing a hat? In my opinion, it should be something like Did a guy wearing a hat just go by here? I was thinking it should be ...
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Missing words after commas in these sentences?

In the following sentence, why did they use "thinking" after the comma? Is a word omitted after the comma? I waited for two months, thinking that it would be bad time for him. Should it be ...
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Is this a participle phrase? Hints on what to look at to grammatically discern phrases

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” ― W.B. Yeats I think the words marked in bold are a participle phrase. The adverb patiently modifies the ...
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Here are sentences that I want to transform using participle phrases

Here are sentences that I want to transform using participle phrases. Rain was falling down. We were standing next to each other at a bar without saying anything, as we ran out of the things to talk ...
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English grammar about participle phrase

I have got a couple of questions about participles. I would like to understand clearly the usage and grammar of participles. I've been studying participle phrases. And I found a participle phrase can ...
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Grammar of "meaning" in "Cats are carnivores, meaning they hunt prey."

I don't understand the grammar of "meaning" in this example sentence: Cats are carnivores, meaning they hunt prey. That are two independent clauses, right? And obviously the "meaning" combines ...
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Function of participle clause: ... switch back and forth, alternating their positions ...

I am trying to determine the function of the participle phrase in the following sentence: When they play, they switch back and forth, alternating their positions until the game ends. Is the ...
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Present participle clause as object of a preposition

Can I use an -ing clause in this case? A and B complement each other well, A having an extensive knowledge in the biological side of the project while B being focused on the geographical aspects. I ...
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to show (object) do something -- grammatical construction

Example with a context: The clip clearly shows the fully armed Russian Su-27 approach the surveillance plane from the starboard side (at a safe distance), use the air brake to slow down, and then ...
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advanced = who have advanced? risen = having risen?

Students advanced beyond their grade level are provided with appropriate curriculum needs. students who have advanced to a high level are provided with appropriate curriculum needs. There ...
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"logical subject" of verbals

Native speakers, could you please define "logical subject" of verbals (infinitive, gerund, participle)? I am Chinese and some of my grammar books define "logical subject" as the agent of the action, ...
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Meaning of the participle "being bitten by insects"

I don't want to stay out here being bitten by insects What does the above sentence (especially adverbial participle clause) mean? Does it have a continuous meaning like, After I am/was being bitten ...
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"Opening the file, John called David" or "John, opening the file, called David."?

"Opening the file, John called David." If we assume that the above sentence means 'after opening the file, John called David', can I give the same meaning by using the following sentence? "...
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Meaning of the clause 'Opening the file, he called John'?

Opening the file, he called John. What does the above sentence (especially the participle clause) mean? As I understand it, this sentence has three meanings. While (he was) opening the file, he ...
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"...probably knew the answer judging by..." Is this grammatically correct?

Example: "What do you think about my house?" Tommy asked, who probably knew the answer judging by my open mouth. ...who probably knew the answer judging by... has only one Google result. So I ...
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May I say "The client sent me a letter >asking< to [do something]"?

Can I say: The client sent me a letter asking if we could change the information for them. or should it be: The client sent me a letter and asked if we could change the information for him. I'...
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had come to notice working for X

Just run into this one: 'Helene had come to notice working for the German Communist Party'. I surmise the subject ('Helen') is here the object of noticing while being the subject of the gerund (...
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What is this comma? Is it necessary? [closed]

He saw no other way to stop the killing but by forcing the Germans and Japanese to change their militaristic philosophy. This idea of changing a nation’s philosophy was intimately linked to FDR’s ...
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With the event happening on Friday .. can this imply future tense?

Is it possible to imply the future tense with this construction? With the event happening on Friday... With the event to happen to Friday....
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"We could see the lava slowly advancing towards the town just ten miles away"

“We could see the lava slowly advancing towards the town just ten miles away.” I picked up this sentence from an English book. I wonder why it doesn't need the verb to be: “We could see the lava ...
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Popular shows feature artists designing ...

Popular television shows feature artists designing everything from new clothes to delicious food dishes. Why don't use "who design" in the sentence?
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Can We Move the Position of a Reduced Relative Clause?

The train now arriving at Platform 3 is the 4.20 to Paddington. Can I move the position of reduced relative clause like this? Now arriving at Platform 3, the train is the 4.20 to Paddington. The ...
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Combining Sentences with Participle Phrase and Conjunction

While we were walking through the park. We saw lovely flowers. 1) While walking through the park, we saw lovely flowers. 2) Walking through the park, we saw lovely flowers. Are those reduced ...
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"Split along idealogical lines" meaning

When the court deals with social policy decisions, the law it shapes is inescapably political-which is why decisions split along ideological lines are so easily dismissed as unjust. I have a few ...
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Does this clause follow correct grammar?

I feel that the way I used the verb in the sentence is wrong. Even though I tried to analyse this, I could not figure out the correct way. These are my efforts. The recognition of a global ...
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