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According to the following sentence, which of the following relative clause could be suitable?!
During the boxing match, Bobby punched an opponent swinging wildly.
"During the boxing match, Bobby punched an opponent which is swinging wildly "
"During the boxing match, Bobby punched an opponent which was swinging wildly "
"During the boxing match, Bobby punched an opponent which swings wildly "
"During the boxing match, Bobby punched an opponent which swung wildly "
It is confusing because all of the mentioned forms can be replaced by "swinging".
Thanks so much.
Last edited by nininaz; 10-Oct-2014 at 16:28.
It is highly likely that the 'opponent' is a person and therefore it should be either '... the opponent who was swinging wildly' or '... the opponent that was swinging wildly', in my opinion. I wouldn't use 'which'. The past progressive/continuous is appropriate because the 'opponent' was obviously right in the middle of 'swinging wildly' when Bobby punched him/her.
(Edit) I'd use the definite article - 'the opponent'.
What do you think it might be?
What does your dictionary say about 'swing'?
http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/swing_1 Definition#1 may be worth the OP's reference.
Swinging can be a way of defence.
Perhaps the following can help the OP understand her sentence.
'Bobby shot a thief running quickly.'
Not a teacher.
Last edited by Matthew Wai; 10-Oct-2014 at 20:16.
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During the boxing match, Bobby punched his opponent while swinging wildly.