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    Are they simplified sentences?

    Hi,

    I read a dialogue below and don't understand some parts of it. Could you help me? Many thanks.

    A: That seems like a good idea, but it won't solve the problem of Terry leaving. He's leaving because of family problems.
    B: There isn't much you can do about him leaving then. But...

    I dont understand why leaving is OK there. Are they some kind of simplified sentences?
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    Re: Are they simplified sentences?

    Quote Originally Posted by shabushabu View Post
    Hi,

    I read a dialogue below and don't understand some parts of it. Could you help me? Many thanks.

    A: That seems like a good idea, but it won't solve the problem of Terry leaving. He's leaving because of family problems.
    B: There isn't much you can do about him leaving then. But...

    I dont understand why leaving is OK there. Are they some kind of simplified sentences?
    In both cases, "leaving" is a participle which modifies the word preceding it.

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    Re: Are they simplified sentences?

    If I dont use the participles, what the possible sentences could be?
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    Re: Are they simplified sentences?

    Quote Originally Posted by shabushabu View Post
    If I dont use the participles, what the possible sentences could be?
    I don' understand the question. Who created the sentences with the participles?

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    Re: Are they simplified sentences?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I don' understand the question. Who created the sentences with the participles?
    Sorry I didn't make myself clear enough:

    Do the participles come from these sentences?
    "That seems like a good idea, but it won't solve the problem of Terry Who is leaving."
    "There isn't much you can do about him who is leaving then."

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    Re: Are they simplified sentences?

    No.

    The problem is not Terry, it is his leaving.

    My wife does not hate me.

    She hates me snoring.

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    Re: Are they simplified sentences?

    I see. Can I say that:
    "That seems like a good idea, but it won't solve the problem of Terry Whose leaving."
    "There isn't much you can do about him whose leaving then."

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    Re: Are they simplified sentences?

    No.

    Why do you want to insert words?

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    Re: Are they simplified sentences?

    Quote Originally Posted by shabushabu View Post
    Sorry I didn't make myself clear enough:

    Do the participles come from these sentences?
    "That seems like a good idea, but it won't solve the problem of Terry Who is leaving."
    "There isn't much you can do about him who is leaving then."
    I agree with Dave. In the rewrites, the -ing words are no longer free participles, they are parts of a present continuous verb. You should Google present participles for more information.

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    Re: Are they simplified sentences?

    Quote Originally Posted by shabushabu View Post
    I see. Can I say that:
    "That seems like a good idea, but it won't solve the problem of Terry Whose leaving."
    "There isn't much you can do about him whose leaving then."
    No

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