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    how to start

    ............of the chief editor being very busy the special correspondent, who had just come back from an overseas assignment,decided to come by his office later.

    I have several options for the begining of the sentence. I just don't know which one to choose.

    A.Thinking
    B.After thinking
    C. Having thought

    Is this sentence grammatical?

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    Re: how to start

    None of them fit and it's a bit confusing because you are using different verb forms in the options.

    This works:

    Thinking that the chief editor was very ........................

    You can use "Having thought that" as well but it depends on the context that you are writing it.
    Also, I wouldn't use "to come by" here. I would use " to call into". I can't explain why but it doesn't sound right in in the past.

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    Re: how to start

    Quote Originally Posted by Alamshar View Post
    None of them fit and it's a bit confusing because you are using different verb forms in the options.

    This works:

    Thinking that the chief editor was very ........................

    You can use "Having thought that" as well but it depends on the context that you are writing it.
    Also, I wouldn't use "to come by" here. I would use " to call into". I can't explain why but it doesn't sound right in in the past.

    Could I use " to call in on" here?
    Last edited by ostap77; 27-Oct-2011 at 21:33.

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    Re: how to start

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Could I use " to call in on" here?
    'call/drop in on' the editor;
    'drop by (at)/call in at' the editor's office.

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    Re: how to start

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Could I use " to call in on" hare?
    Yes, that's fine

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