Punctuation: When a participial phrase begins a sentence, a comma should be placed after the phrase.
- Arriving at the store, I found that it was closed.
- Washing and polishing the car, Frank developed sore muscles.
I found a comprehensive information about using comma. I know Arriving..., and I found... mean the same time and also Washing..., and Frank... Do the below two sentences mean the same as the above two sentences?
I found that it was closed, arriving at the store.
Frank developed sore muscles, washing and polishing the car.
Sentences far above are from Purdue OWL: Gerunds, Participles, and Infinitives
Last edited by eggcracker; 01-Jul-2012 at 18:20. Reason: I mistyped 'above' as 'below' while I was changing the order.
1. "Walking into the yard, I saw the dog." (I was walking)
2. "I saw the dog walking into the yard." (The dog was walking. Note: no comma.)
3. "I saw the dog, walking into the yard." (This is not a good sentence. It's ambiguous. A sentence like this would generally be a mistaken effort to write 2.)