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    Why covering? [And the snow fell, covering the dreams and ideals]

    Hello there,

    Look at this sentence which I copied it from a poem.

    And the snow fell, covering the dreams and ideals
    I wonder why the poet has used "covering" instead of "covered?"
    Fell is the past tense of the verb"fall" and based on verb agreements we have to use "covered."



    Thank you so much,

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    Re: Why covering? [And the snow fell, covering the dreams and ideals]

    "Covering the dreams and ideals" is called a participle phrase to describe the snow. "Covering" functions as an adjective, not a verb.

    You can also rephrase the sentence to use "cover" as a verb:

    And the snow fell and covered the dreams and ideals.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Why covering? [And the snow fell, covering the dreams and ideals]

    No, it's fine`. For "covered" to be correct it would have to have "and" before it.

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    Re: Why covering? [And the snow fell, covering the dreams and ideals]

    So, am I allowed to say: "And the snow covering the dreams and ideals fell?"

    In conclusion, if I want to use participle phrase as an adjective I have two choices:

    First, use it after noun like "snow covering the dreams"

    Second, separate it from the sentence with a comma like "The snow fell, covering the dreams"

    Am I right?

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    Re: Why covering? [And the snow fell, covering the dreams and ideals]

    "And the snow covering the dreams and ideals froze/melted/was grey with the ash from the fires". All of these work. It doesn't work with "fell", the snow can't fall after covering the dreams and ideals.

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