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    Default And what kind of grammer is this?

    Hi, native English speaker teachers:

    I've seen sentences like :
    A puppy came tumbling into my arms.
    As we spoke, a ball came bouncing my way.
    Are they the equivalent of:

    A puppy tumbled into my arms
    As we spoke, a ball bounced my way.
    If so, what's the difference? And what kind of grammer is this?
    Plus, can I say:
    As I addressed the class, a shoe came hurling my way.
    Is this sentence grammatically correct?

    Many thanks.

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    Default Re: And what kind of grammer is this?

    1. Note the correct spelling of grammar.
    2. Your final example should say "A shoe came hurtling my way".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: And what kind of grammer is this?

    Thank you, Mr. emsr2d2:

    But what's the differences between these two usages?
    A ball came bouncing my way.
    A ball bounced my way.

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    Default Re: And what kind of grammer is this?

    Please try to give your threads more helpful title. Came tumbling = tumbled? would have given us some idea of what the thread was about.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 18-Nov-2012 at 09:46.

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    Default Re: And what kind of grammer is this?

    Sorry. I didn't know how to better describe my problem when I started this thread.

    Just tried to revise the title but couldn't because it had been replied.

    Need a moderator to revise it for me.

    Sorry for the trouble.

    Will bear that in mind and think more about the title before posting.

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    Default Re: And what kind of grammer is this?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugo_Lin View Post
    Thank you, Mr. emsr2d2:

    But what's the differences between these two usages?
    A ball came bouncing my way.
    A ball bounced my way.
    There is effectively little difference in meaning or end result but the first makes the reader think about the ongoing action of the ball bouncing, and the second shows that the ball (at some point in the past) came towards the speaker in a bouncing motion.

    By the way, addressing users here as "Mr" is inappropriate, partly because many of us are female and partly because it simply isn't necessary. Just use the username. Thank you.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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