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    with active single completed actions

    Hi,

    Random Idea English: Reduced relative clauses - lesson and exercises

    With active single completed actions

    1-The boy who fell off his bicycle broke his leg.

    2-The boy falling off his bicycle broke his leg.

    Please can you tell me why the 2 is wrong? I have been searching for this in Google, but I could't find it.

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: with active single completed actions

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Hi,

    Random Idea English: Reduced relative clauses - lesson and exercises

    With active single completed actions

    1-The boy who fell off his bicycle broke his leg.

    2-The boy falling off his bicycle broke his leg.

    Please can you tell me why the 2 is wrong? I have been searching for this in Google, but I could't find it.

    Thanks.
    I am not necessarily a purist when it comes to English grammar, and so I don't find #2 "wrong". Although it is unlikely that the boy in your example would have broken his leg during the fall, which "falling off" suggests to me, I think it would be understood by most to mean as a result of the fall. Using another example, "The boy falling off (i.e. during the fall) lost his hat", for me, would be more logical and grammatically OK.


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    #3

    Re: with active single completed actions

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Hi,

    Random Idea English: Reduced relative clauses - lesson and exercises

    With active single completed actions

    1-The boy who fell off his bicycle broke his leg.

    2-The boy falling off his bicycle broke his leg.

    Please can you tell me why the 2 is wrong? I have been searching for this in Google, but I could't find it.

    Thanks.
    You can say, "The boy broke his leg falling off his bicycle."
    The way you have written it sounds as though your are referring to a boy who is currently falling off his bike.

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