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    found people gathered

    I suddenly found myself running down the street when I found a crowd of people gathered in the street corner.

    I came across this sentence in my test paper and I think this sentence sounds odd with two 'found's. And is 'gathered' correctly used here? How would the sentence sound to native ears?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: found people gathered

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    I suddenly found myself running down the street when I found a crowd of people gathered in the street corner.

    I came across this sentence in my test paper and I think this sentence sounds odd with two 'found's. And is 'gathered' correctly used here? How would the sentence sound to native ears?

    Thank you in advance.
    It sounds like it was written by a non native. How do you "suddenly find yourself running"? Is there any more context for it?

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    Re: found people gathered

    Thank you, bhaisahab.
    There's no context. Just this sentence that needs us to choose from 'ran/run/running/runs' to fill in the blank. I know the answer is 'running' but doubt if this sentence sounds good. And how about the 'gathered'?

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    Re: found people gathered

    It sounds the way people describe a dream, doesn't it. One minute I was having tea with a pink elephant, and then I suddenly found myself running...

    Anyway, "gathered" is fine.
    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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