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    #1

    dashed up and down the field, bellowing

    I read this example in https://www.merriam-webster.com/dict...ellow#examples

    - The bull dashed up and down the field, bellowing so hard that smoke came out of his nostrils.

    Can I use, "bellowed" instead of bellowing?

    If not, why?
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    Re: dashed up and down the field, bellowing

    If you simply replace "bellowing" with "bellowed", no. You will end up with a comma splice. You could say "... dashed up and down the field; he bellowed so hard ...". However, note that that changes the meaning. It sounds as if he bellowed after he finished running. The point of "bellowing" is to make it clear that the two activities were simultaneous - he was bellowing the whole time he was dashing up and down the field.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: dashed up and down the field, bellowing

    Bellowing is part of a present participial phrase modifying the bull.
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    #4

    Re: dashed up and down the field, bellowing

    Astrid Lindgren should more realistically have written 'steam' rather than 'smoke'.

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    #5

    Re: dashed up and down the field, bellowing

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Astrid Lindgren should more realistically have written 'steam' rather than 'smoke'.
    Or droplets! Someone give that bull a mask!
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    #6

    Re: dashed up and down the field, bellowing

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    Or droplets! Someone give that bull a mask!
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