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    Cooklava is offline Junior Member
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    1. The boy stands laughing.

    Is "laughing" the direct object?

    2. The boy is standing laughing.

    Is it still the direct object in sentence #2, or is it a misplaced particple? (Laughing, the boy is standing.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cooklava View Post
    1. The boy stands laughing.

    Is "laughing" the direct object?

    2. The boy is standing laughing.

    Is it still the direct object in sentence #2, or is it a misplaced particple? (Laughing, the boy is standing.)
    In #1 "laughing" is a present participle acting as an adverb modifying "stands". It tells us "how" he stands.

    The same goes for #2 but I don't find this to be a very good sentence.

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