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    Where to put adjectives in a participial construction

    Hello teachers :)


    I have a question about where to put adjectives in a participial construction.

    For example,

    "Walking across the street, he was almost hit by a car."

    Suppose I want to put "very slowly" in the sentence to modify "walking".


    My grammar book tells me that it would be

    "Walking across the street very slowly, he was almost hit by a car. "


    But could I put "very slowly" at the top of the sentence?

    "Very slowly walking across the street, he was almost hit by a car."

    If I'm just adding "slowly" at the top of the sentence, it semms OK, but
    I wasn't sure about putting "very" at the top of the sentence with it.


    It would be greatly appreciated if I could get some kind of response :)

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    Re: Where to put adjectives in a participial construction

    "Walking very slowly across the street , he was almost hit by a car. "
    "Walking across the street very slowly, he was almost hit by a car. "
    "Very slowly walking across the street, he was almost hit by a car. "

    All three are possible. Of the first two, I prefer the first. I do not like the third, but accept that it is possible.

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    Re: Where to put adjectives in a participial construction

    OK --- thank you for clearing things up!

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