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You slept with your mouth open VS with your mouth opened (could be difference?) [duplicate]

You slept with your mouth open You slept with your mouth opened Could be difference?
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Being going to school, I met a Mr. Brown. (Is this okay?)

Being going to school, I met a Mr. Brown. (Is this okay?) I think it's correct. But I think "Going to school, I met a Mr. Brown." is better.
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The train leaves in the morning, and arriving at Jinju. (Is this sentence right?)

The train leaves in the morning, and arriving at Jinju. Some people think the "and" should be removed. What's the truth?
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Is this an absolute construction?

Is this an example of a nominative absolute phrase? There was a stall that sold masks in the local market on Sunday mornings. He looked at many different masks. Most of them, too outlandish, he ...
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“You should help John rather than he helping you.”

You should help John rather than he helping you. I sometimes see this sentence pattern. But I feel like something is missing between "he" and "helping". What is this pattern? Edit:...
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How to use the X being a Y construction

Is the following a correct way of expressing the meaning 'since we are an authority, we need to...'? Being an authority, we need to... Thank you!
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to sign up [using] / [by using] the link in the description

"The first thousand people to sign up using the link in the description will get their first two months free." This is a sentence from a sponsored Youtube video. I saw it and wrote it down. ...
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participial construction usage question - 'although' being omission

Original Text: Although gamblers are the most prone to this, it equally applies to business during bubbles and to people who gain sudden attention from the public. If I change the above sentence into ...
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“I use my phone to keep in touch with my friends asking them about homework.”

I heard a native speaker say this sentence I use my phone to keep in touch with my friends asking them about homework. I wonder why he said ‘asking’ instead of ‘to ask’. Is it a gerund?
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A confusing “participial phrase”----

I found a sentence in Collins online dictionary under the entry of boarded-up: Mary went to one of the boarded-up windows, peered through the crack. As there is a comma so it should qualify Mary. ...
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verb-ing modifier trouble

I'm unexplainably confused about this topic. What does the following verb-ing clause modify? (noun) researchers or (action) have sent? How do we decide that? --> very important for me Is there any ...
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Is this a participial phrase?

I picked the one that was immersed in water. I liked the one that was painted yellow. Are these examples of participial phrases acting as predicate adjectives?
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Usage of participles

she went out dissapointed Vs She went out dissapointedly. What is the difference in meaning of these two sentences
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The word “Combined” at the beginning of the sentence

To assess the effects of ocean heat waves, researchers led by ecologist Daniel Smale of Great Britain's Marine Biological Association turned to 116 previously published academic studies. Combined, ...
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“consisting of” or “that consist of” in this context

A book defines sonnet as: A lyric poem consisting of a single stanza of fourteen iambic pentameter lines... But if I rewrite it as: A lyric poem that consists of a single stanza of fourteen iambic ...
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Here the word “meaning” is qualifying which subject?

An English teacher uses this kind of sentence: We all know the first meaning of the word kite that is what you flew yesterday, but we also use the word meaning a kind of bird. My confusions are: ...
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“combined with the fact that” and “this means”

If "combined with the fact that" is used in the following, could "this means" be omitted? Does it make sense to omit it? Blue light is harmful to your health. Yet, we cannot avoid all electronic ...
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“Object complement” OR “participial phrase”

In 2019 the company saw a strong uptake of its flagship OnePlus 7- series regaining the top spot back after falling behind Samsung in 2018. Is the bold phrase a participial phrase or an object ...
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relative clause or participle phrase

Today my English teacher(not a native) used the sentence below to introduce the idea of relative clause: People will buy the classics based on her recommendation but sales won't reach the kind of ...
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“Tired” VS “being tired” in this context

Tired from work, he went to bed early. Being tired from work, he went to bed early. The former has a past participle phrase while the latter has a present participle phrase. But I can't make ...
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Different functions of participles

It is about saving lives, starting with mine." (A line from a tv series) (Context: He talks about time travel to save lives including his life.) I can't understand how that participle works here. I ...
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I want to know if the phrase below is a participial phrase

I saw the sentence below in a test passage. Longer life spans mean more people, worsening food and housing supply difficulties. Is "worsening food and housing supply difficulties" a participial ...
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Complementing an indirect object

Although the sentence is weird, I am wondering if it's grammatical: The branch was cut with a sword wielded by a swordsman. The problem is that "wielded by a swordsman" complements an indirect ...
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Prepositional phrases vs participle phrases

After eating rice in the kitchen, I usually go to school. vs Eating rice in the kitchen, I usually go to school. In either sentence , After eating rice in the kitchen, eating rice in the kitchen, ...
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How to rewrite this sentence to relate the participle phrase to the word it modifies?

“Looking down from the summit” is a participle phrase, but in this sentence it is modifying “Stacy’s friends’ faces” instead of “Stacy”. So, how to rewrite this sentence to relate the participle ...
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Do you know (that woman who is talking)? / (that woman talking)?

I just studied about relative clauses and I know that they should tell us which person or thing the speaker means. So when I'm in a conference and a woman is speaking can I ask my friend "Do you ...
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Misplaced modifier?

I got this sentence from an CNN interactive magazine: In 1879, a German engineer, Carl Benz, developed the first internal combistion engine, burning fuel like oil and petrol to power pistons." The ...
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the difference between by -ing form and -ing form

This question involves the difference between -ing form and by -ing form. The passage below is from a few steps guided on Microsoft's website as to how to renew a one-year subscription of Microsoft ...
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What is the difference between “writing in” and “written in”?

I read an article of Economist, and now I have a question. Chamberlain returned home believing that he had cast-iron assurances from Hitler not to invade Czechoslovakia, famously waving the letter ...
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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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My question is about the words “when” & “while” in the sentences

My question is about the words "when" & "while" in the sentences (when/while doing; when a + noun (instead of "when I was" etc.)). Could you please explain 2 and let me know if 1, 6, 7 are ...
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Which noun does “be nontoxic” describe in this sentence?

Even the requirement that biomaterials processed from these materials be nontoxic to host tissue can be met by techniques derived from studying the reactions of tissue cultures to biomaterials or from ...
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“each light deserting her” or “each light was deserting her”?

Her voice compelled me forward breathlessly as I listened -- then the glow faded, each light deserting her with lingering regret like children leaving a pleasant street at dusk". (The Great Gatsby, ...
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Is this a correct usage of pariticipal phrase?

Is this sentence correct? I managed a website being used by thousands of people on a daily basis
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Do the sentences bear the same meaning?

I was wondering whether: a. the two sentences mean the same, and b. if sentences of the same construction can always convert the verb to a participle. Here are the sentences: Though it ...
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Do you ever use “being” instead of because

Do you ever use "being" instead of because or since? is sentence 1 = sentence 2 ? 1) because / since I'm clever I can solve difficult problems. 2) being clever I can solve difficult problems.
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Comparative Deletion or Participle Phrase?

I have this sentence: We repeated the same process for the next car, but using the product B, and recorded the data accordingly. I am not sure if the italicized part is grammatically correct. But ...
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He ducked behind a tree before being spotted

In the sentence He ducked behind a tree before being spotted. has he been spotted? P.S. Context: The search party was close behind. P.P.S. Can we know from the sentence, as written, whether he ...
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“All the organizations involved have sent …” sentence structure problem

SOURCE (Longman's dictionary) Please do me a favor to teach me grammar structure as following sentence All the organizations involved have sent urgent appeals to the government, asking for extra ...
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Is this participle correctly used?

Usually when a present participle is modifying a noun, that noun is the subject of the sentence. In this sentence, the modified noun, however, isn't the subject. The sentence sounds a little ...
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What is the grammatical facts of word trained in the following paragraph?

How can you take advantage of this? A gratitude journal is an easy and actually pretty fun way to keep your attention trained on what’s important in life: all the beautiful, exciting and wonderful ...
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Present participle phrase?

In the sentence: 'He sat FACING THE WALL', is 'facing the wall' a present participle phrase? It is stated in numerous grammar articles from reliable sites that participle phrases must always act as ...
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Usage of gather/gathering

I'm bothered by the use of "gathering" in the following sentence: "The initiative was originated at a regional-level meeting in Phuket in July last year, gathering telecom regulators from the 10 ...
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Introductory participial phrases

I am a native English speaker and currently work at an English speaking company and interact with English speaking clients. Expressions like this come up extremely often: Looking at such-and-such, ...
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Understanding the Participle I

Good Day! I've encountered with the following issue: An example given from Participle I Rule: "He looked at me knowing that I would win." In this case the action "knowing" refers to "him", so it'...
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Mixing Absolute and Participle phrases

Would it be okay to mix absolute and participle phrases at the beginning of a sentence? 1- Sun shining, clouds smiling, climbing down a tree in glee, Sluggy, a happy, purple slug, strolls along to ...
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How to parse verb + participle structure

I would like to ask how to parse the following sentence. I cook listening to music. "I" is subject. "cook" is the main verb Is "listening to music" is participle phrase? ( to music is also ...
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participle phrase

Don't tell me what they said about me. Tell me why they are comfortable telling you This sentence is taken from "a quote". I am so confused with the usage of "comfortable+v-ing". My opinion is that ...
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“I spend a lot of time doing sports.”

So I want to know whether the "doing sports" is a participle or a gerund. I have looked into both and both seem possible to me although I think a gerund would make more sense with the addition of "...
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Which noun does the participal phrase modify?

I am unable to understand this question (number 11). I think that option A is correct as it working as a participal phrase. But I am not sure which noun does it modify. The correct answer is C. ...