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Please, would you take a look at this sentence and correct my mistakes. I am not sure if I need the article "the" in front of the words "books" and "writers":
I could not imagine myself sitting year after year in dusty libraries, bent over books of the famous writers, and filling my mind with their poems, stories and novels.
1. bent over books of the famous writers
2. bent over the books of the famous writers
3. bent over the books of famous writers
#1 seems to limit the writers to a certain group.
#2 seems to limit both the books and the writers to certain books and to a certain group.
#3 seems to be non-limiting except for the provision that the writers are famous. While this option appears to be the same as #1, there is a difference. That difference is that "the famous writers" are of a certain group while "famous writers" are not restricted to a certain group. They just have to be famous writers - not a member of "the famous writers" - whatever that is.
I would opt for #3 but you may want to select another option depending on the total context of the writing.
Well, I'm sorry my point was not clear.
What I meant was this:
I couldn't imagine myself doing what?
1. sitting year after year in dusty libraries
2. bending over the books of famous writers
3. filling my mind with their poems, stories and novels.
I thought 1, 2 and 3 were all the objects of the verb 'imagine' and thus they should be in the '-ing form'.
I might be wrong.
(Edit) On second thoughts, is the following possible?
"I could not imagine myself sitting year after year in dusty libraries, (being) bent over the books of famous writers and filling my mind with their poems, stories and novels." - the 'being' is left out.
I'm really sorry, Bassim. I feel as if I were hijacking your thread.
I guess 'bent' is OK, since billmcd has nothing to say about it.
Last edited by tzfujimino; 03-Jul-2013 at 20:14.
I prefer "by" and no article before "famous writers".
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