Re: difference between two sentences
They do not carry the same meaning. The first I have already explained. The second suggests that he sat, compared to some other position, like standing. Since we usually watch TV sitting down, it would require an unusual context to make that a natural sentence.
sat watching the TV programs / watched TV programs sitting.
1.The old man sat watching the tv programs.
2.The old man watched tv programs sitting.
do the sentences above express the same meaning? are here ''the old man sat watching.....'' and ''the old man watched tv programs sitting'' participles and work adverbially expressing cause? please explain grammatically .
Re: sat watching the TV programs / watched TV programs sitting.
I see you started a new thread, which I have merged into this one.
Originally Posted by Babai
Clearly you don't find my answers believable.
I'll try one more time.
1 - This is the natural way to say this.
2 - This says that he watched TV from a sitting position, as if most people watched standing up, or as if he did everything else in another position, but TV was the only thing he did sitting down. We know the first "as if" is not true. Unless this old man generally doesn't sit down for any other activity, it doesn't say what you want it to say.
If you don't like this answer, then please reply in this thread instead of starting a new one, and we will hope that someone else will come along with an answer you prefer.