5Hello to all of you, this is my first thread here.
Welcome to the forum.
I have some questions concerning an English test of my 10th grade students. They were supposed to rewrite sentences using participle constructions and a lot of them had something different in mind than the sample solution I'd have preferred.
There are some sentences where/in which I'm not sure about
mwhether the students' solutions are correct as well, so I'd like to read some comments on it.
They had eaten healthy, so they didnít have any problems when they grew older
Solution: Having eaten healthy, they didnít have any problems when they grew older.
I guess "Eating healthy..." is not possible? Not really, though you'll see it. Incidentally, I am old-fashioned enough to prefer 'eating healthily', though I accept that many people today 'eat healthy'.
In the show we saw leopards. They overcame an obstacle.
Solution: In the show we saw leopards overcoming an obstacle.
Questionable: In the show we saw leopards overcome an obstacle.
There are different overtones to the two, but both are correct.
"Didn't knowing" is always wrong, I suppose;Yes you have to use "Not knowing" in this case. Correct? I assume so, but I'd like to see your sentence.
The woman watched TV. She speaks English very well.
Solution: 1. The woman watching TV speaks English very well.
I know there is sometimes a slight difference when you change word order. So what about 2. "The woman speaking English very well watche
In #1 the speaker is telling us which woman speaks English very well;
in #2 the speaker is telling us which woman watched TV
Similar question in the following sentence:
Grandma sat in an armchair. She listened to her new CD.
Solution: 1. Grandma sat in an armchair, listening to her new CD.
What about the following:2. Listening to her new CD, Grandma sat in an armchair
3. Sitting in an armchair Grandma listened to her new CD.
4. Grandma listened to her new CD, sitting in an armchair.
No real difference.I don't think I'd say #2, but I don't think that is significant.
Mr Smith was very angry. He insulted the neighbor.
Solution: 1. Being very angry, Mr Smith insulted the neighbor.
Is 2. "Insulting the neighbor, Mr Smith was very angry" possible as well?
In #1 I'd omit the 'being', but it's possible to use it.
#2 sounds very unlikely to me. I am assuming that Mr S was angry before he insulted the neighbour. #2 suggests to me that he became anry during the insulting.