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    #1

    fell....begging

    Greetings,

    I think both sentences below sounds right. Are both sentences correct?

    1) The thief fell onto his knees, begging Mr Watson for mercy.
    - If this sentence is grammatically correct, please help me to understand why the verb "fell" can be followed by a continuous tense "begging" in the second clause.

    2) The thief fell onto his knees and begged for Mr Watson's mercy.

    Many thanks for teaching me.

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    #2

    Re: fell....begging

    Both sentences are correct. In the first "begging" is not a continuous tense verb, it is a participle. The participle is acting as a modifier.

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    Re: fell....begging

    I'm having some difficulties distinguishing between a verb (in various tenses) and a participle (as above example).

    1) Why is the word "begging" in the first sentence not a continuous tense verb? I'd looked at the sentence as having two verbs - fell and begging. I was wrong and still don't quite understand why.

    2) In the second sentence, is the word "begged" considered a past tense verb? If not, please help me to understand the reason.


    Thank you!

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    #4

    Re: fell....begging

    1. Continuous verbs require an auxiliary verb before the participle.

    2. Yes.

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    Re: fell....begging

    Sorry, I'm confused and do not understand your reply: "Continuous verbs require an auxiliary verb before the participle".

    I would appreciate it if you could explain your answer in an "idiot-proof" way


    Many thanks!

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    Re: fell....begging

    He was begging ...
    I am playing ...
    They were singing ...

    The words in bold are the auxiliary verbs. They are followed by the continuous form of the second verb. You can't have the second without the first. You can't say "He begging" or "I playing" etc.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: fell....begging

    Shouldn't the preposition be "fell on his knees" and not "onto his knees"?

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    Re: fell....begging

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    Shouldn't the preposition be "fell on his knees" and not "onto his knees"?
    Most of us use "fell to his knees".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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