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    #1

    not gloomy

    Are these sentences correct:

    1) He left the room not in a wheelchair.


    2) He left the room, not in a wheelchair.

    3) He left the building not gloomy

    4) He left the building, not gloomy



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    #2

    Re: not gloomy

    You usually tell us what you want the sentences to mean.

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    #3

    Re: not gloomy

    They are all unnatural.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    #4

    Re: not gloomy

    Thank you both very much.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    You usually tell us what you want the sentences to mean.
    The meanings were supposed to be:
    He left the room and he was not in a wheelchair when he did. (1&2)
    He left the building and he was not gloomy when he did. (3&4)

    The speaker knows (or thinks) that the addressee would expect 'him' to have been in a wheelchair/gloomy and tells the addressee that that was not the case.

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    #5

    Re: not gloomy

    He was not in a wheelchair when he left the room

    He was not gloomy when he left the building.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #6

    Re: not gloomy

    He was not in a wheelchair while leaving the room.
    He was not gloomy while leaving the building.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #7

    Re: not gloomy

    "While" is not natural in that context, particularly in the first. It makes it sound as if he is in a wheelchair the rest of the time but just not while he was in the process of leaving the building.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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