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    participial phrases

    Hello mates

    I have a question regarding participial phrases.

    Are these used mostly in written english or in spoken as well?

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    Kassihiki

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    Re: participial phrases

    Should be both. I imagine there are some speakers of your native language who don't use it very well, and certainly you may hear native English speakers breaking all kinds of 'rules', especially among rural or poorly educated people. Spoken English is sometimes so contracted that the participal forms are almost lost, especially to a learner's ear, but they should be there.

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    Re: participial phrases

    Some of the most careful speakers of American English I've ever met have been in (and from) rural western Kentucky. They value eloquent, clear speech very highly.
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    Re: participial phrases

    Thanks

    I am asking since these shortened clauses are not very common in speech in my mother language, at least that is what grammar books says.

    kh

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    Re: participial phrases

    Could you give us an example sentence using the "participial phrases"?

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    Re: participial phrases

    Although asking for money, Ted was cheerful.

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    Re: participial phrases

    Hi

    I am not sure yet whether to use shortened clauses in spoken english or not. Do you think for example, that the sentences below are fine in spoken english?

    Waiting for John, I made some tea.
    Shouting loudly, Peter walked home.
    Having won the match, Susan jumped for joy.
    Wanting to speak to him about the contract, I decided to arrange a meeting.
    Sitting at the cafe with my friends, I suddenly realised that I had left the oven on at home.

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    Re: participial phrases

    I decided to arrange a meeting with him to discuss the contract.
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    Re: participial phrases

    Okay

    Does the usage of participial phrase in spoken language changes the style to be more formal or informal? Or, what is the reason of using them in spoken language?


    kh

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    Re: participial phrases

    Quote Originally Posted by kassihiki View Post
    Hello, mates

    I have a question regarding participial phrases.

    Are these used mostly in written English or in spoken English as well?

    Regards,

    Kassihiki
    In future, you can just go right ahead and ask your question.

    Are participial phrases mostly used in written/formal English, or can they be used in spoken/colloquial English too?

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