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    #1

    pointing his gun at me

    1-He came into the room pointing his gun at me.
    2-He came into the room, pointing his gun at me.
    3-He came into the room, his gun pointing at me.


    In which case:
    a-He is pointing his gun at me and coming into the
    room simultaneously
    b-He points his gun at me after coming into the room
    c-We can't tell

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    #2

    Re: pointing his gun at me

    Your sentences imply that the two actions happen at the same time, which are not logical.
    Obviously he had to see where his target is first as he entered the room, before he started pointing his gun.
    To state that one action happened after another, you can say that:

    He came into the room and pointed his gun at me.

    not a teacher

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    #3

    Re: pointing his gun at me

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    Obviously he had to see where his target is first as he entered the room
    He could have seen the target before entering the room if the door had been open.

    Not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: pointing his gun at me

    1 and 3, a. 2, c.

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    #5

    Re: pointing his gun at me

    The comma in 2 does not work for me. I read it the same as number 1. 1 and 3 are a.

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