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    while hanging

    Hi everybody,

    "Project the kind of terror a man would feel while hanging by a frayed rope over an abyss."
    I would like to know why hanging is used there.
    Is it a grammar rule to use ing after while?
    Could it be hung instead of hanging?
    Thanks for the help.

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    Re: while hanging

    Quote Originally Posted by carla guaraldi View Post
    Hi everybody,

    "Project the kind of terror a man would feel while hanging by a frayed rope over an abyss."
    I would like to know why hanging is used there.
    Is it a grammar rule to use ing after while?
    Could it be hung instead of hanging?


    Thanks for the help.
    'While hanging...' is a reduced clause, elliptical for 'while HE IS hanging...'.
    'While (he is) hung...' would be grammatical but absurd because passive in sense.

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