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May I know if the sentence below is grammatically correct? Many thanks for advising.
Shocked, they saw a ghost.
Yes, I mean they were shocked to see a ghost. However, the student wrote, " Shocked, they saw a ghost" and I wonder if they way he wrote is grammatically correct. I was confused. Thank you very much for advising! Best wishes for a great year ahead. Happy 2011!
The comma is all important.
"Shocked, they saw a ghost", means that they were already in shock and then happened to see a ghost.
"Shocked they saw a ghost", means that they became shocked as a result of seeing the ghost.
'Shocked - they had, after all, seen a ghost - they were made to sit down and drink a cup of mild sweet tea.'