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    Default a train carrying gold

    Are these sentences correct:
    1-They robbed a train last week carrying gold.
    2-They robbed a train last week that was carrying gold.

    The noun phrase is broken, but the meaning is clear. I think people say things like this but it seems to me that they do not work in formal English.

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    Default Re: a train carrying gold

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Are these sentences correct:
    1-They robbed a train last week carrying gold.
    2-They robbed a train last week that was carrying gold.

    The noun phrase is broken, but the meaning is clear. I think people say things like this but it seems to me that they do not work in formal English.

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    Navi.
    They are OK, but as you suggested, they could be better.

    Last week, they robbed a train that was carrying gold.

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    Default Re: a train carrying gold

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Are these sentences correct:
    1-They robbed a train last week carrying gold.
    2-They robbed a train last week that was carrying gold.

    The noun phrase is broken, but the meaning is clear. I think people say things like this but it seems to me that they do not work in formal English.

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    Navi.
    The first sounds like the people who robbed the train were already carrying gold when they robbed it.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: a train carrying gold

    And remember you can also use the passive (unless the context had previously mentioned who "they" are):
    Last week, a train carrying gold was robbed
    A train carrying gold was robbed last week.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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