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    verbals to OR ing

    A quilt that looks ordinary ______ may become a work of abstract art when it is hung on a white wall.
    (A) lying on a bed
    (B) lies on a bed
    (C) to be lying on a bed
    (D) to lie on a bed

    The answer is A, but I couldn't reject C and D because we can use the infinitive form (to + verb) after adjectives.
    I thought there might be a rule that may help me about using infinitives after adjectives. I would be grateful if you said.

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    Re: verbals to OR ing

    Only A is correct because the (unrequired) full form would be "A quilt that looks ordinary when it is lying on a bed ...".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: verbals to OR ing

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Only A is correct because the (unrequired) full form would be "A quilt that looks ordinary when it is lying on a bed ...".
    Is it because quilt is an object and not a human? So the infinitive form cannot go with it.
    I think that C and D can be correct for human subjects. Is it right?

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    Re: verbals to OR ing

    No, it has nothing to do with being an object as opposed to a human. The same would apply if it said "A person who looks ugly lying on a bed may turn out to be really pretty when standing up" (please ignore the lack of logic in that statement).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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