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    Participle clauses

    Hello dear teachers!

    Would you please tell me which one is correct?

    1. Having my car stolen taught me a lesson not to leave the car doors unlocked..

    2. Having my car stolen, I learnt a lesson not to leave the car doors unlocked..

    3. My car, having been stolen, it taught me a lesson not to leave the car doors unlocked..

    4. having been stolen my car, I learnt a lesson not to leave the car doors unlocked.

    Personally I go for the second one, but I'm not sure if the first and the third one are really incorrect.

    Thanks very much indeed in advance.

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    Re: Participle clauses

    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Mckane View Post
    Hello dear teachers!

    Would you please tell me which one is correct?

    1. Having my car stolen taught me a lesson not to leave the car doors unlocked..

    2. Having my car stolen, I learnt a lesson not to leave the car doors unlocked..

    3. My car, having been stolen, it taught me a lesson not to leave the car doors unlocked..

    4. having been stolen my car, I learnt a lesson not to leave the car doors unlocked.










    Personally I go for the second one, but I'm not sure if the first and the third one are really incorrect.

    Thanks very much indeed in advance.
    ********** NOT A TEACHER **********

    I believe that Numbers 1 and 2 are grammatically correct, but

    I would not use either: they seem to suggest that you arranged for

    someone to steal your car.

    I believe that Nos. 3 and 4 are grammatically incorrect.

    I believe that the "best" answer might be No. 3 rewritten as:

    My car having been stolen, I learned a lesson the hard way to

    always lock the car doors.

    ********** NOT A TEACHER ***********

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    Re: Participle clauses

    1. Having my car stolen taught me a lesson not to leave the car doors unlocked.
    • I agree with The Parser: it has a causative reading.
      • Having someone steal my car for me has taught me not to leave the car doors unlocked

    2. Having [had] my car stolen, I [have] learnt a lesson not to leave the car doors unlocked.

    • The subjects agree:
      • I, having had my car stolen, have learned...
    • Note, BrE "learnt"; AmE "learned"


    3. My car, having been stolen, it taught me a lesson not to leave the car doors unlocked.
    • You have two subjects, "My car" and "it"


    4. Having been stolen my car, I learnt a lesson not to leave the car doors unlocked.

    • the word order is wrong

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    Re: Participle clauses

    Thanks for your amazing answers
    Btw, I found this sentence in the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary:

    I had my wallet stolen.

    It sounds really strange that somebody arranges for somebody else to steal his own wallet!

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    Re: Participle clauses

    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Mckane View Post
    Thanks for your amazing answers
    Btw, I found this sentence in the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary:

    I had my wallet stolen.

    It sounds really strange that somebody arranges for somebody else to steal his own wallet!
    Well, nevertheless, both readings work, right?

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