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    Which sentence is right

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    The following two sentences, which one is right, or both are wrong?
    (1) The water overflowing from the sink was cleaned up.
    (2) The water overflowed from the sink was cleaned up.

    I think the first one is right, but my frined chose the second one.

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    Re: Which sentence is right

    Quote Originally Posted by dut_thinker View Post
    Dear teachers

    The following two sentences, which one is right, or both are wrong?
    (1) The water overflowing from the sink was cleaned up.
    (2) The water overflowed from the sink was cleaned up.

    I think the first one is right, but my frined chose the second one.

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    (1) I believe that you are 100% correct!

    (a) The water [that was] overflowing from the sink was cleaned up [by someone].

    (b) The water overflowed from the sink, and it was cleaned up [by someone].

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    Re: Which sentence is right

    1 doesn't make sense to me, since the water "overflowing" is an ongoing action. In order to be cleaned up (past tense) the overflowing can't be ongoing.

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    Re: Which sentence is right

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    1 doesn't make sense to me, since the water "overflowing" is an ongoing action. In order to be cleaned up (past tense) the overflowing can't be ongoing.
    For the first sentence, what i really wanted to express was is that: The water overflowed from sink yesterday. Then the water was cleaned up by my mom.

    To put these two sentences together, i wrote: The water overflowing from the sink was cleaned up by my mom.

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    Re: Which sentence is right

    The water overflowing from the sink was cleaned up by my mom.
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    I've been wondering why the continuous tense is used for first verb.

    I would prefer:

    The water which overflowed from the sink was cleaned up by my mom

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    Re: Which sentence is right

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    not at teacher

    I've been wondering why the continuous tense is used for first verb.

    I would prefer:

    The water which overflowed from the sink was cleaned up by my mom
    Thanks for your reply.
    Beacaue I wanted to learn how to use the present participle.

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