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    Which sentence is the correct(or best) one?

    Hi~~

    Fisrt of all, thank you for concerning my question that is somewhat easy...

    I'm really not sure which sentence is the correct(or best) one between 2 clauses grammatically? and could you tell me why it is?


    1. Having taken tests today, I am tired.

    2. Taking tests today, I am tired.

    Thank you for your brilliant answers in advance!!

    Have a good night!!! from S. Korea
    Last edited by daewonnim; 02-May-2008 at 05:36.

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    #2

    Re: Which sentence is the correct(or best) one?

    Hi daewonnim

    1. Having taken tests all day today, I am now tired.
    2. Taking tests today, I am tired.




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    Re: Which sentence is the correct(or best) one?

    You need the perfect form of Participle I (or Present Participle) here to set a limit to the action of duration. 'Taking a test' is not a point-action, like 'enter', for example. With 'enter' you can say: Entering the room, I said hello. With actions of duration you need a perfect form, otherwise they give the idea of a simultaneous action, e.g. Walking along the street, I looked at her window.

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    Good to see you again!


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    Re: Which sentence is the correct(or best) one?

    I cordially appreciate your answer!!

    Could I ask one more thing about your answer?

    You said " ~ing form could mean simultaneous action like walking along the street, I looked at her window"

    If I would like to tell that "I was tired while I was taking the exam today", can I say "Taking the exam today, I was tired"


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    Re: Which sentence is the correct(or best) one?

    Quote Originally Posted by daewonnim View Post
    I cordially appreciate your answer!!

    Could I ask one more thing about your answer?

    You said " ~ing form could mean simultaneous action like walking along the street, I looked at her window"

    If I would like to tell that "I was tired while I was taking the exam today", can I say "Taking the exam today, I was tired"
    No, I don't think so. A person can become tired as a result of doing some work. The lexical meaning of this word-combination contradicts the idea of simultaneity.

    If you want to say that you suddenly experienced that feeling in the process of doing something, then you need another link-verb. ' ... I felt tired.'
    Last edited by Clark; 02-May-2008 at 06:44.

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