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    IS this structure correct???

    Dear folks,
    Consider the following sentences:

    1. Buying that car, he dug himself into a hole.
    2. By buying that car he dug himself into a hole*.

    1. Opening that restaurant, he makes lots of money.
    2. By opening that restaurant he makes lots of money*.

    I heard from a colleague that the 2nd structure is wrong. He argued that in sentences like this adding "by" to the beginning of the sentence makes the structure ill-formed!!!
    Is that true?
    Please let me know. Thanks in advance.

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    Re: IS this structure correct???

    There's nothing wrong with the use of 'by', though why no comma?

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