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    Smile Who does it refer to?

    PLease, look at this phrase:
    An injured man lies completely still in a hospital room with doctors hovering at his bedside, APPEARING SERENE AND PEACEFUL as he slowly succumbs to death. However, in his OWN mind, memories of a recent battle vividly flash by. Thoughts of death and chaos haunt him, even in his final moments.
    Can you tell me who the capitalized phrase is refering to - the patient himself or the doctors.
    Thank you. :)

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    Default Re: Who does it refer to?

    Quote Originally Posted by black_velvet View Post
    PLease, look at this phrase:
    An injured man lies completely still in a hospital room with doctors hovering at his bedside, APPEARING SERENE AND PEACEFUL as he slowly succumbs to death. However, in his OWN mind, memories of a recent battle vividly flash by. Thoughts of death and chaos haunt him, even in his final moments.
    Can you tell me who the capitalized phrase is refering to - the patient himself or the doctors.
    Thank you. :)
    "Appearing serene and peaceful" refers to the patient, not the doctors, at least for the following reason:

    After "serene and peaceful", you have HE slowly suvvumbs.... which means these two adjectives refer to HE. It could refer to doctors if you change the sentence, for example:

    Appearing serene and peaceful as they slowly work on the patient.

    Even though the above is a correct sentence, yet the sentence doesn't make any sense, as doctors usually don't appear serene and peaceful during an operation. Just for your reference.

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    Default Re: Who does it refer to?

    Thnks!

    Quote Originally Posted by ian2 View Post
    yet the sentence doesn't make any sense, as doctors usually don't appear serene and peaceful during an operation. Just for your reference.
    Yes, you have a point here, too )

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