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    Returning to my room, _______
    A) My watch was missing
    b) my watch was missed
    c) I found my watch missing
    d) I found my watch disappeared

    I'm on the horn of the dilemma between c and d, anybody help?

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    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    Returning to my room, _______
    A) My watch was missing
    b) my watch was missed
    c) I found my watch missing
    d) I found my watch disappeared

    I'm on the horn of the dilemma between c and d, anybody help?
    my answer : c

    d - it seems that my watch was there at the moment I entered the room then it just vanished like a bubble into thin air.


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    So can I correct d as
    I found my watch had disappeared
    ?

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    Re: find

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    Returning to my room, _______
    A) My watch was missing
    b) my watch was missed
    c) I found my watch missing
    d) I found my watch disappeared

    I'm on the horn of the dilemma between c and d, anybody help?
    I would choose a. You didn't find your watch, because it was missing (gone).

    (Say: "I'm on the horns of a dilemma.")

    ~R

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    I would choose a. You didn't find your watch, because it was missing (gone).
    Agreed. Native speakers do indeed use structures like a., dangling participles,

    Dangling participle
    a. Returning from my room, my watch was missing.
    Cf. My watch was missing returning from my room.


    but given that it's a test question, that formal English is expected, my choice under those circumstances would be c. :
    c. (Upon) returning to my room, I found (that) my watch (was) missing.


    A participial phrase modifies the subject of the main clause:
    c. I (upon) returning to my room found (that) my watch (was) missing.


    Choice d. doesn't work, because the past participle disappeared is suspect. Omit had from had disappeared and the meaning changes (See blouen's account).
    d. (Upon) returning to my room, I found (that) my watch disappeared (right before my very eyes).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Agreed. Native speakers do indeed use structures like a., dangling participles,

    Dangling participle
    a. Returning from my room, my watch was missing.
    Cf. My watch was missing returning from my room.

    Well, I wouldn't say that. What I would say is:
    When I returned to my room I found that my watch had disappeared.
    (BTW, I speak and write standard English.)


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    _______________
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    (BTW, I speak and write standard English.)
    There was never a doubt in my mind.


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    My opinion is the same as you, Ronbee

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    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    My opinion is the same as you, Ronbee
    So, a. is your choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    Returning to my room, _______
    A) My watch was missing
    b) my watch was missed
    c) I found my watch missing
    d) I found my watch disappeared

    I'm on the horn of the dilemma between c and d, anybody help?


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    No, it's c

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