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    verbal Phrase? or poor choice why

    "I came into the room very confident"

    What's wrong here?


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    Re: verbal Phrase? or poor choice why

    Maybe you need a comma after room...?

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    Re: verbal Phrase? or poor choice why

    "very confident', an adjectival phrase, is modifying the verb "came". It tells us how you came into the very. The problem: adjectives can't modify verbs. Try an adverbial phrase:

    I came into the room + feeling very confident.
    Feeling very confident, I came into the room.

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    Re: verbal Phrase? or poor choice why

    Confident of my decision, I came into the room.

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    Re: verbal Phrase? or poor choice why

    Quote Originally Posted by trans View Post
    Confident of my decision, I came into the room.
    That's also ellipsis.

    (Feeling) confident in my decision, I came into the room. <adverbial>

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    Re: verbal Phrase? or poor choice why

    Do I understand correctly:
    The sad and broody young man came into the room <adjectival>
    Sad and broody, the young man came into the room <adverbial>
    And thanks for in

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