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    participial constructions

    1. The professor went into the lab, followed by the foreign guests.


    2. The professor stepped/walked into the lab, followed by the foreign guests.

    3. Followed by the foreign guests, the professor went into the lab.

    4. Followed by the foreign guests, the professor stepped/walked into the lab.

    5. Any better suggestions?

    Pick the appropriate choice(s). Please explain.

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    Re: participial constructions

    1. The professor went into the lab, followed by the foreign guests.
    Going to the lab, the professor was followed by the foreign guests.

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    Re: participial constructions

    British, not a teacher.

    I can't see anything wrong with any of the suggestions, with the exception that I don't believe you need the comma after lab in examples 1 & 2. You do need the comma in 3 & 4.
    I would say that it is a question of style rather than correct or incorrect grammar. Maybe a teacher can confirm or gainsay my native intuition?

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    Re: participial constructions

    Wouldn't it OK to say the following as well:

    6. The professor went into the lab and he was followed by the foreign guests.

    7. The professorwent into the lab, with the foreign guests following.

    8. The professor went into the lab, the foreign guests following.

    9. When/As the professor went into the lab, he was followed by the foreign guests.

    10. Any better suggestions?

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