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    Post adjective phrase

    Dear friends,

    #1 I know that we can say 'I met a man who lives in Chicago' or 'I met a man living in Chicago'. But can we change 'I met a man who is a famous writer' to 'I met a man a famous writer'? Or change 'I met a man who is kind to everybody' to 'I met a man kind to everybody'?

    #2 Can we change 'I was walking home when I lost my keys' to 'I was walking home when losing my keys'?

    Thank you!
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    Re: adjective phrase

    #1. No, not really. Someone might say "I met a man, a famous writer." But I wouldn't use that in writing. In conversation, the "who is" is implied, left out. In writing, it is rather disjointed. As an introduction to a longer sentence it would be OK. "I met a man, a famous writer, who told me about..."

    But not as its own sentence.

    #2. Not unless "losing your keys" was an activity that you were actively engaged in. This type of structure can work in an example like "I saw a car on fire while walking the dog."

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    Question Re: adjective phrase

    Thank you, SoothingDave. But I think it's a little hard for me to understand. Maybe through examples, I might get the points more clear. So please allow me to ask some more questions.

    Is it appropriate to change
    #1 'The police officer who gave me directions was friendly' to
    'The police officer giving me directions was friendly'?

    #2 'I talked to the women who walked into my office' to
    'I talked to the women walking into my office'?
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    1. Is the direction giving over? Or is it continuing? The "-ing" form is for activity that is continuing. So, for this I would say do not change the sentence. The officer gave you directions. It's a completed action.

    2. Same thing. Is the walking over or continuing? Did you talk to the women as they were walking into your office or after they had walked there? I think it's the latter. Your re-write also introduces an ambiguity. Were you the one walking or were the women?

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    Re: adjective phrase

    Thank you, SoothingDave. I think I've got the point. Thanks again!

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