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    Is this sentence correct:
    1-He had a hallucination, talking to Napoleon.

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    Default Re: hallucination

    Quote Originally Posted by FW
    Is this sentence correct:
    1-He had a hallucination, talking to Napoleon.
    Grammatically it is correct :) but there is no need to put a comma in between.

    " talking to Napoleon " serves as an adjective phrase modifying ' hallucination. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by FW
    Is this sentence correct:
    1-He had a hallucination, talking to Napoleon.
    I think the sentence needs a little tweaking. (The hallucination wasn't doing any talking.) Perhaps:

    • [list:c4f3d8fb9f]He had a hallucination in which he imagined he was talking to Napoleon.


    What do you think?

    :)[/list:u:c4f3d8fb9f]

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    Quote Originally Posted by FW
    Is this sentence correct:
    1-He had a hallucination, talking to Napoleon.
    Hmm. My instincts tell me 'It's an iffy'. I've seen the form "..., -ing" in prose--I believe it's a form poetic license. When it comes to punctuation, however, the less the commas the better is the rule, so I agree with RonBee et al. It's a tad bid disjunctive separating 'halluciantions' from its modifier.

    How about

    1-He had a halluciantion while talking to Napoleon.

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    How about ' He had a talking to Napoleon hallucination ' :)

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    Thank you all.
    Actually, I think I have confused everybody, starting with myself:
    He had a hallucination talking to Napoleon.
    could only mean that he had a hallucination while he was talking to Napoleon.
    A hallucination cannot talk.
    The correct sentences would be, in my opinion:
    A-He had a hallucination that he was talking to Napoleon.
    and:
    B-He had a hallucination of talking to Napoleon.

    What do you think?

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    This is what I mean :) same as " He had a talking to Napoleon hallucination :P. But to say it such way, it sounds awkward.

    Ron's example is the best so far, I guess :)

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    The correct sentences would be, in my opinion:

    A-He had a hallucination that he was talking to Napoleon.
    B-He had a hallucination of talking to Napoleon.

    What do you think?
    A- sounds okay. What do you think about,

    "He hallucinated that he was talking to Napoleon."

    B- sounds odd. The 'of' doesn't work well. It means, 'He had a hallucination belonging to talking to Napoleon. What do you think about,

    "He had a hallucination relating to talking to Napoleon."

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    I suppose he could have had the hallucination while he was talking to Napoleon (instead of the hallucination being about talking to Napoleon), but it doesn't seem very likely. Perhaps:

    • While he was talking to Napoleon he hallucinated that Napoleon was a giant frog.


    :wink:

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