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    Help with the use of "admiring" in this sentence?

    Dear Teacher,

    I am confused about the usage of " admiring " in the following sentence:
    Raisa, admiring the famous smile, stood before the Mona Lisa for hours.

    As a dictionary, the definition of " admiring " is that :
    The adjective admiring has one sense:
    1.Showing or feeling amdiration.
    I have tried to understand it fully, but I still can not understand it.
    Is "admiring" in this sentence is adjective or gerund?
    Does the famous smile belong to Mona Lisa?
    Can I rewrite this sentence like that:
    Raisa, Who is admiring the famous smile, stood before the Mona Lisa for hours.
    Could you please help me explain how to use understand the sentence like that?
    Sorry if I asked wrong questions.
    Thanks.

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    Re: Help with the use of "admiring" in this sentence?

    Thank you for giving your thread a meaningful title.

    She stood before it and admired it. She admired it while she stood before it.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Help with the use of "admiring" in this sentence?

    Thanks for all useful help.
    I am a little confused about how can I know Mona Lisa in this sentence is a painting or a person?
    Please help me.
    Thanks.

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    Re: Help with the use of "admiring" in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    Thanks for all useful help.
    I am a little confused about how can I know Mona Lisa in this sentence is a painting or a person?
    Please help me.
    Thanks.
    "Raisa, admiring the famous smile, stood before the Mona Lisa for hours."
    Well, you wouldn't know unless you had the cultural knowledge. But you would know that it wasn't a person, because we don't use the definite article before a person's name. It could be a ship, or a few other things. In any case, because of the "the", naturally you would have performed a Web search and quite easily found it to be a painting.


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