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    government funding

    The WPA’s Federal One had freed the arts from their need to please commercial tastes and elite patrons. With the government funding artists, actors, playwrights, and musicians, their work had spilled into parks, schools, churches, and community centers.
    Millions of Americans, many for the First time in their lives, thronged to concerts and plays and studied paintings and drawings, much of the time without having to take a penny from their pockets.

    Don't you say "government funded" instead of "government funding"?
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    Re: government funding

    No. The sentence goes structurally like this "With the government funding artist..., their work had spilled into parks,...", where the blue bit is called a participle clause. It explains why "their work had spilled into parks,...". In other words, it shows the reason for the action in the main clause.


    Not a teacher.
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    Re: government funding

    There should be a comma after "funding". That would end the confusion.

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    #4

    Re: government funding

    I don't get your point Mike.

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    #5

    Re: government funding

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    There should be a comma after "funding". That would end the confusion.
    No, Mike. The government was funding the artists. It's not "with the gov't funding, artists could blah blah blah."

    It's "with the gov't funding artists, their work could blah blah blah."

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    #6

    Re: government funding

    It could be read either way.

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    Re: government funding

    There's no verb to go with the subject "artists, actors, etc." if you set it off with a comma.

    Without a comma "artists, etc." is an object, not a subject.

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    #8

    Re: government funding

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    There should be a comma after "funding". That would end the confusion.
    Do you mean like this?

    With the government funding, artists, actors, playwrights, and
    musicians
    , their work had spilled into parks, schools, churches, and community centers.

    I am afraid it the other way round for me: it has created confusion. Now I don't understand what to do with the part in red -- it looks somewhat stranded, as it were. Or, maybe, I have missed something.

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    #9

    Re: government funding

    No, I think it was my mistake. I was including "artists" with the other groups.

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    #10

    Re: government funding

    Do you understand the following?

    With the government funding me, I was able to complete my degree course.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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