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    Gerund , clause structure and clause, gerund structure

    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.

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    Re: Gerund , clause structure and clause, gerund structure

    Quote Originally Posted by eggcracker View Post
    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 below are from Purdue OWL: Gerunds, Participles, and Infinitives
    No, not necessarily. For example, in the first sentence, "arriving ..." could refer back to 'it', not 'I'. This is not a common way of speaking/writing.

    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.)

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