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  1. dummyMe
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    Arrow hurtling - adjective position

    is the adjective "hurtling" correctly positioned in the sentence below ?

    During the gale, the roof tiles came hurtling down.

    Is it Ok to interpose adjective between a verb and its particle ?
    I was hoping some experts could advice me on this matter of interposition.
    Thanks

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    Re: hurtling - adjective position

    Quote Originally Posted by dummyMe View Post
    is the adjective "hurtling" correctly positioned in the sentence below ?

    During the gale, the roof tiles came hurtling down.

    Is it Ok to interpose adjective between a verb and its particle ?
    I was hoping some experts could advice me on this matter of interposition.
    Thanks
    There is no adjective in the sentence. Hurtling is a verb. What particle are you talking about?
    The sentence seems to have been reproduced from the Oxford dictionary.

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    Re: hurtling - adjective position

    Dear Guest,
    Re: During the gale, the roof tiles came hurtling down.
    First of all, your sentence is correct. Secondly, 'hurtling' (a good word!) is a present participle acting as an adverb of manner. Hurtle is either followed by an adverb or preposition when there is no object as in your example. Thirdly, the reason for 'hurtling' is because 'come' means (in your example) to advance in a particular manner. e.g. He came running, crying, shouting, hurtling into the room.

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