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    A student wrote "Shocked, they saw a ghost."

    May I know if the sentence below is grammatically correct? Many thanks for advising.

    Shocked, they saw a ghost.

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    Re: A student wrote "Shocked, they saw a ghost."

    Quote Originally Posted by lklwkc View Post
    May I know if the sentence below is grammatically correct? No, it's not correct. And I can only guess at what you are trying to say.
    Do you mean 'They were shocked to see a ghost.'?

    Many thanks for advising.


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    Re: A student wrote "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!

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    Re: A student wrote "Shocked, they saw a ghost."

    Hi,

    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.

    Regards

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    Re: A student wrote "Shocked, they saw a ghost."

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard1 View Post
    Hi,

    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.

    Regards
    ...and of course, after the comma [I have used dashes in my example], you can change the aspect; but the same remains true - the sight of the ghost caused the shock:

    'Shocked - they had, after all, seen a ghost - they were made to sit down and drink a cup of mild sweet tea.'

    b

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