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(1) "The car went skidding off the road."
(2) "She went sobbing up the stairs."
In sentence (1), "off the road" seems to go with "skidding". But in sentence (2), should "up the stairs" go with "sobbing"? It seems that ,in sentence (2), "up the stairs" should go with "went".
Last edited by ShirleyLing; 06-Jul-2011 at 07:57. Reason: correction
There is no discrepancy; they are both adverbial phrases of place, modifying went..
You could leave out skidding and sobbing and the sentences would still be complete.
But in "She went missing for a week", "for a week" seems to modify "missing", not "went". I could be wrong....
Last edited by ShirleyLing; 06-Jul-2011 at 08:50. Reason: addition, deletion
In "She went screaming in pain", "in pain" seems to modify "screaming". Or am I wrong?
NOT A TEACHER
(1) I agree with you:
The car went skidding off the road.
(a) The car went skidding.
(b) It skidded off the road.
(i) "off the road" seems to modify "skidded."
(ii) The car did not go off the road and then skid. It skidded first and that led to its going off the road.
She went sobbing up the stairs./ She went up the stairs sobbing.
(a) She went up the stairs.
(b) She was sobbing.
(i) "up the stairs" seems to modify "went." (It is impossible
"to sob up the stairs.")