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    Smile Present Participle

    Dear Teachers,

    The boys trying to get the attention of a group of girls who were nearby strutted around.

    Can I rephrase the above sentence into the sentence below ?

    The boys strutted around trying to get the attention of a group of girls
    who were nearby

    I just move the participle phrase to the end of the sentence.

    Is it correct ?

    Your guidance is highly appreciated.
    Thanks

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    Re: Present Participle

    As a native speaker, the second sentence sounds/reads much more naturally than your first example.

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    Re: Present Participle

    Quote Originally Posted by kl004535 View Post
    Dear Teachers,

    The boys trying to get the attention of a group of girls who were nearby strutted around.

    Can I rephrase the above sentence into the sentence below ?

    The boys strutted around trying to get the attention of a group of girls
    who were nearby

    I just move the participle phrase to the end of the sentence.

    Is it correct ?

    Your guidance is highly appreciated.
    Thanks
    ***NOT A TEACHER***I may be wrong, but I detect a difference: (1) In the first sentence, the participial phrase seems to answer: Which boys strutted around? (2) In the second, it seems to answer: Why did the boys strut around?

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    Re: Present Participle

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***NOT A TEACHER***I may be wrong, but I detect a difference: (1) In the first sentence, the participial phrase seems to answer: Which boys strutted around? (2) In the second, it seems to answer: Why did the boys strut around?
    You are right. In this case it probably doesn't matter because the sense is the same. But this can't be done with all sentences of this structure.

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    Exclamation Re: Present Participle

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***NOT A TEACHER***I may be wrong, but I detect a difference: (1) In the first sentence, the participial phrase seems to answer: Which boys strutted around? (2) In the second, it seems to answer: Why did the boys strut around?
    You have correctly struck the point, The placement of the participle phrase in the 1st sentence is not correct. The participle phrase is considered as reduced relative clauses and the verb of the relative clause (trying) is the cause while the verb in the main clause (strutted) should be the effect.

    In order to establish the Cause-and-effect relationship, the participle phrase can be placed before the subject with a comma or at the end of main clause preceded by a comma.

    Trying to get the attention of a group of girls who were nearby, the boys strutted around.
    Or
    The boys strutted around, trying to get the attention of a group of girls who were nearby
    Last edited by sarat_106; 24-Jan-2010 at 02:28.

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