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    Default participle question?

    Shuttler Lee Chong Wei’s preparations for the Asian Badminton Championships (ABC), starting in Johor Baru next week, was disrupted when a close relative passed away on Monday, forcing coach Misbun Sidek to give him a two-day break.

    participle "forcing" is belonged to which subject since the main verb is "was disrupted"?

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    Default Re: participle question?

    Shuttler Lee Chong Wei’s preparations for the Asian Badminton Championships (ABC), starting in Johor Baru next week, were disrupted when a close relative passed away on Monday, forcing coach Misbun Sidek to give him a two-day break.

    participle "forcing" is belonged to which subject since the main verb is "was disrupted"?

    ...next week, was disrupted when a close relative passed away on Monday. This matter(= death in the family) forced coach Misbun Sidek to give him a two-day break.

    'forcing' relates to 'the passing of a close relative'
    Last edited by David L.; 11-Apr-2008 at 05:57.

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    Default Re: participle question?

    so participle "forcing" act as a adjective modifying "a close relative passed away"? am i right?

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    Default Re: participle question?

    No. It is not an adjective ('forcing' as an adjective only applies in the game of Bridge); it is a participle and does not 'modify'.
    Look at the sentences this way:
    Shuttler Lee Chong Wei’s preparations for the Asian Badminton Championships (ABC), starting in Johor Baru next week, were disrupted.
    A close relative passed away on Monday.
    This situation is forcing coach Misbun Sidek to give him a two-day break.

    When we combine the sentences, we get:
    ... a close relative passed away on Monday, (which is) forcing coach Misbun Sidek to give him a two-day break.

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