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    burning / burned

    Hi...

    I have difficulty in solving participle questions.

    Q: I left a cigarette (1)burning / (2) burned in the storeroom.

    Best regards...

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    Re: burning / burned

    Quote Originally Posted by nautes20 View Post
    Hi...

    I have difficulty in solving participle questions.

    Q: I left a cigarette (1)burning / (2) burned in the storeroom.

    Best regards...
    It depends on what you mean. If you want to say you left a cigarette which was already burnt and there is no need to worry: "I left a cigarette burnt in the storeroom" is correct. And if you want to say you left a cigarette which is still burning and you should worry because it can start a fire: "I left a cigarette in the storeroom burning" is correct.

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    Re: burning / burned

    Thanks for your clear answer!

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    Re: burning / burned

    Quote Originally Posted by nautes20 View Post
    Thanks for your clear answer!
    You are welcome!

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    Re: burning / burned

    However, rather than:
    I left a cigarette in the storeroom burning.
    Say:
    I left a cigarette burning in the storeroom.
    ~R

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    Re: burning / burned

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    However, rather than:
    I left a cigarette in the storeroom burning.

    Say:
    I left a cigarette burning in the storeroom.

    ~R
    English is the only language that has such a funny word order. It's one of the reasons of its greatness.

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