Student or Learner
Returning to my room, _______
A) My watch was missing
b) my watch was missed
c) I found my watch missing
d) I found my watch disappeared
I'm on the horn of the dilemma between c and d, anybody help?
So can I correct d as
I found my watch had disappeared
a. Returning from my room, my watch was missing.
Cf. My watch was missing returning from my room.
but given that it's a test question, that formal English is expected, my choice under those circumstances would be c. :c. (Upon) returning to my room, I found (that) my watch (was) missing.
A participial phrase modifies the subject of the main clause:c. I (upon) returning to my room found (that) my watch (was) missing.
Choice d. doesn't work, because the past participle disappeared is suspect. Omit had from had disappeared and the meaning changes (See blouen's account).d. (Upon) returning to my room, I found (that) my watch disappeared (right before my very eyes).
There was never a doubt in my mind.Originally Posted by RonBee
My opinion is the same as you, Ronbee
No, it's c