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    Please help me with tis sentence:
    Passing the busy street, a car almost hit me.
    I tried many suggestions, i.e: When I was passing the busy street, a car almost hit me.
    Passing the busy street, I almost got hit by a car.
    Unfortunately these answers are not accepted.
    Thanks

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    Re: Modifiers

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Please help me with tis sentence:
    Passing the busy street, a car almost hit me.
    I tried many suggestions, i.e: When I was passing the busy street, a car almost hit me.
    Passing the busy street, I almost got hit by a car.
    Unfortunately these answers are not accepted.
    Thanks
    Who isn't accepting them?
    Try: While I was passing the busy street, a car almost hit me.
    But it's hard to give an answer without knowing the question.

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    Re: Modifiers

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Please help me with tis sentence:
    Passing the busy street, a car almost hit me.
    I tried many suggestions, i.e: When I was passing the busy street, a car almost hit me.
    Passing the busy street, I almost got hit by a car.
    Unfortunately these answers are not accepted.
    Thanks
    Your sentences would make better sense if they used "passing along"

    Passing along the busy street, a car almost hit me.

    Your original sentence implies you were not actually using the busy street, but merely passing it. (...on another street)

    buggles (not a teacher)

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    Re: Modifiers

    Quote Originally Posted by buggles View Post
    Passing along the busy street, a car almost hit me.
    Even though there would be no misunderstanding in real life, this would not work for an exam. The car was not what was passing by/along the busy street -- "I" was. At least, that is my understanding of the purpose of the exam question.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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