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    #1

    simple but tricky

    1)"When Webster was in New England, he created his concept of American English."

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    2)"When he was in New England, Webster created his concept of American English."

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    3)Webster created his concept of American English, when he was in New England."

    I've been told that the first sentence is incorrect because we can't make the following version of it "Being in New England, Webster created his concept of American English." So is 1) incorrect? Why?

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    #2

    Re: simple but tricky

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    1)"When Webster was in New England, he created his concept of American English."

    OR

    2)"When he was in New England, Webster created his concept of American English."

    OR

    3)Webster created his concept of American English, when he was in New England."

    I've been told that the first sentence is incorrect because we can't make the following version of it "Being in New England, Webster created his concept of American English." So is 1) incorrect? Why?
    All three are correct. Who told you that #1 was incorrect?

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    #3

    Re: simple but tricky

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    All three are correct. Who told you that #1 was incorrect?
    It's not on the website. It's one of the "famous" teachers at University who were born and educated in the USSR and keep on living there not in Ukraine. I wonder why would she say something like that? Any wild guesses?

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    #4

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    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    It's not on the website. It's one of the "famous" teachers at University who were born and educated in the USSR and keep on living there not in Ukraine. I wonder why would she say something like that? Any wild guesses?
    Very many teachers and 'experts' have encountered in their youth rules about what what may or may not be acceptable in English.

    Sometimes the rules were wrong in the first place; sometimes the language has changed since they was first noted; sometimes they are inappropriately applied to an apparently similar structure; and sometimes the rules are helpful.

    Don't be too hard on your famous teacher. Many native speakers do similar things, as you will have noticed in this forum.

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    #5

    Re: simple but tricky

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    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post

    3)Webster created his concept of American English, when he was in New England."
    I would not use that comma in #3. Is it really correct?

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    #6

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    I would not use that comma in #3. Is it really correct?
    Why would you doubt it?

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    #7

    Re: simple but tricky

    Quote Originally Posted by Abstract Idea View Post
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    I would not use that comma in #3. Is it really correct?
    I wouldn't use it, but I'd hesitate to call it 'incorrect'. Consider this sort of context:

    "Webster created his concept of American English, when he was in New England; but when he was in France, he had no ideas of any significance at all."

    (Sorry, Noah, I've no idea if you even went there. That's just the example that came to mind.)

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