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    Are these sentences correct:

    1-I closed my mailbox with three messages unopened.
    2-I closed my mailbox, with three messages unopened.

    3-He kicked me with my hands tied in my back.
    4-He kicked me, with my hands tied in my back.
    When he kicked me, I had my hands tied behind my back.

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    Navi.

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    Re: with

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Are these sentences correct:

    1-I closed my mailbox with three messages unopened.
    2-I closed my mailbox, with three messages unopened.

    3-He kicked me with my hands tied in my back.
    4-He kicked me, with my hands tied in my back.
    When he kicked me, I had my hands tied behind my back.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.
    1 - Yes, although there is a very small danger of someone thinking that you "closed your mailbox with three messages", rather than "closing your mailbox by using the Close button".
    2 - Yes, the comma is OK and helps to avoid the confusion I mentioned in 1.
    With both 1 and 2, I might add "still" before "unopened".

    3 - No. It sounds like "He kicked me with my hands" (and that the rest of the sentence is just extra information).
    4 - Yes. Having said that, I would probably not word it that way. I would have said "I had my hands tied behind my back when he kicked me" or your alternative.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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