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    What tense should I use after a comma?

    1) She shaved the sides of her head, dyed her hair burgundy and spiked the top.

    2) She shaved the sides of her head, dying her hair burgundy and spiking the top.

    Which of the above sentence is grammatically correct and why?

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    Re: What tense should I use after a comma?

    They're both acceptable but the first, for me, is more natural.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What tense should I use after a comma?

    To me (warning - foreigner's opinion ), the second sounds like she was doing all three things at the same time (more or less, at least), while the first indicates more clearly that she followed a certain order.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: What tense should I use after a comma?

    Thanks for both answers.

    Actually, is a clause with participle like dying her hair burgundy and spiking the top, called absolute phrase? I always mix up those grammar items, and use my intuition instead of rules when composing a sentence.

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    Re: What tense should I use after a comma?

    Quote Originally Posted by yslamac View Post
    Thanks for both answers.

    Actually, is a clause with participle like dying her hair burgundy and spiking the top, called absolute phrase? I always mix up those grammar items, and use my intuition instead of rules when composing a sentence.
    It doesn't matter what you call it, emsr's opinion is correct. The actions were sequential, not simultaneous.

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