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A few days ago, I was going through my new sailing gear ready for my first long trip, around the coast of Britain on the sailing ship Hirta.
In this sentence the construction is: go through + something + adjective
In accordance to this I may say:I was going through my garden free of garbage or
I was going through my room clean for making a party.
Are these two sentence above mentioned correct? If not why? Or this construction is only vehicles related?!
When it comes to the English grammar I always want to have some resources to refer to.Can this be found in any grammar book?
I am immensely glad that they are wrong as well as the index sentence.I've assumed that there is some incorrectness about that.
It comes from some kind of cpe exam preparation test at flo-joe.co.uk site.
I suppose the sentence is just about possible in informal conversation, when the speaker omits the 'getting'. I was playing with ideas, and I thought I might possibly say, "I was looking for my passport yesterday ready for my trip to America" = "I was looking for my passport so that I would be ready...".
I most certainly recommend learners not to use this, but you may hear it and, as eager has shown, even see it in print.
Please note I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker;
I reckon I'm going to put myself through a lot of trouble.
What about the following sentences ?
[..] you're buying a complete telescope package ready for action right out of the box.
[..]all the materials, including the preassembled plumbing systems and precut lumber, were delivered to the site ready for construction.
Shocked, Alicia and her companions wheeled, weapons ready for attack or defense.
Not far away, the mighty Ottoman army was deployed with its modern weapons ready for battle.
If I got it right going through means To examine or scrutinize (a number or series of things), especially in a regular order. and sailing gear refers to kind of clothing; sailing clothing.
I thought it could be a problem with dangling modifier but on the other hand it doesn't really matter what/who is ready for the trip.
In my opinion adding getting changes slightly the meaning of the sentence.
In the sentence: I was going through my new sailing gear, getting ready for my first long trip We don't know at what stage of the preparation process the author is.
Whereas "I was going through my new sailing gear ready for my first long trip" suggests that everything is prepared, apart from the "sailing gear".