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    trained over two years, running over 9,000km


    Tim began training for his marathon. He trained for almost two years, running over 9,000km.


    In the above sentence, I know the verb before ‘over’ should be ‘running’ (+ing). However, I don’t know why it is correct except that it sounds correct….

    Please help me to understand the reason behind its use.

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    Re: trained over two years, running over 9,000km

    Read up on "present participle". The topic has been discussed quite a bit lately on this forum.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: trained over two years, running over 9,000km

    It is a present participle. They end in -ing.

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    Re: trained over two years, running over 9,000km

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    I don’t know why it is correct except that it sounds correct….
    I think this is because it is a present participle modifying the pronoun 'He', but I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: trained over two years, running over 9,000km

    '...running over 9,000km' is a participial phrase (also called 'participle phrase').

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    #6

    Re: trained over two years, running over 9,000km

    I prefer this one:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/le...rnitv305.shtml

    (I know some argue that they are not 'clauses'.)

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    Re: trained over two years, running over 9,000km

    I will argue that they are not clauses.

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    Re: trained over two years, running over 9,000km

    I think it can't be a clause without a subject, but I am not a teacher.

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    #9

    Re: trained over two years, running over 9,000km

    It also lacks a real verb.

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    Re: trained over two years, running over 9,000km

    I think you mean a finite verb, but I am not a teacher.

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