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    #1

    a man standing...

    Which are correct:

    1) It wouldn't have been seen by a man sitting, but it would have been by a man standing.

    2) It wouldn't have been seen by a sitting man, but it would have been by a standing man.

    3) The necklace was found by a man jogging.

    4) The necklace was found by a jogging man.

    One could of course use 'a man who was...', but I want to see whether that could be avoided.

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    #2

    Re: a man standing...

    They're all correct, with different emphases.

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    #3

    Re: a man standing...

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post

    3) The necklace was found by a man jogging.

    4) The necklace was found by a jogging man.
    The man was jogging in #3, whereas #4 describes the man as a jogging enthusiast (he may/may not have been jogging at the time).

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    Re: a man standing...

    Thank you both very much,

    A special thanks to Teechar for the interesting distinction. I think there is a difference bet

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    #5

    Re: a man standing...

    But you'd struggle to find the context where #4 would be natural.

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