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    participle clause

    "The weapon were used in the war. It was very useful."
    If I want to change it to particiiple clause, which sentence is correct grammatically?

    1.The weapon used in the war was very useful.
    2.The weapon being used in the war was very useful.


    How to determine?

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    Re: participle clause

    Quote Originally Posted by kelvin123 View Post
    "The weapon (were) was used in the war. It was very useful."
    If I want to change it to particiiple clause, which sentence is correct grammatically?

    1.The weapon used in the war was very useful.
    2.The weapon being used in the war was very useful.


    How to determine?
    Only 1. is a correct sentence.

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    Re: participle clause

    Quote Originally Posted by kelvin123 View Post
    "The weapon were used in the war. It was very useful."
    If I want to change it to particiiple clause, which sentence is correct grammatically?

    1.The weapon used in the war was very useful.
    2.The weapon being used in the war was very useful.


    How to determine?
    Use sentence number one. I would change "useful" to "helpful" because it sounds a little awkward or mildly redundant to say or write "used" and "useful" in this way in the same sentence. If they used the weapon and continued to use the weapon, one could logically infer that the weapon was useful. One could also infer the weapon was helpful as well. Just the same, I think "helpful" is a better word for this sentence than "useful" is.

    I would rewrite sentence number two this way: The weapon being used in the war has been very helpful. Or you could write or say it this way: The weapon that was used in the war was very helpful.

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    Re: participle clause

    I was hoping that the OP would think about why sentence 2. was not good, and maybe come back with further questions.

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    Re: participle clause

    The question you should ask is:
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    Did the weapon achieve its purpose?


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