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    The prisoner bolted for the door

    Would you please correct the mistakes in my sentences? Do I need a comma after "courtroom"?

    The prisoner bolted for the door, trying the escape the courtroom but was stopped in his tracks by a Taser which threw his body into violent convulsions. He was still screaming with pain as the police officers carried him back to the dock.

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    Re: The prisoner bolted for the door

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    Would you please correct the mistakes in my sentences? Do I need a comma after "courtroom"?

    The prisoner bolted for the door, trying to escape the courtroom​, but was stopped in his tracks by a Taser which threw his body into violent convulsions. He was still screaming with pain as the police officers carried him back to the dock.
    Yes, you want a comma, because "trying to escape the courtroom" is a dependent clause.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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