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    participle...

    Hi...
    Please help me with this grammar question...

    * Correct the errors if any.
    Jenny opened the gift box to see a beautiful box, broken into several pieces.


    Best wishes....

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    Re: participle...

    Quote Originally Posted by nautes20 View Post
    Hi...
    Please help me with this grammar question...

    * Correct the errors if any.
    Jenny opened the gift box to see a beautiful box, broken into several pieces.


    Best wishes....
    Jenny opened the gift box to see a beautiful box, but it was broken up into several pieces.

    Hope it helps

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    Re: participle...

    Quote Originally Posted by new2grammar View Post
    Jenny opened the gift box to see a beautiful box, but it was broken up into several pieces.

    Hope it helps
    I believe the question might be, should there be a comma between the noun box and the participle broken?


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    Re: participle...

    I'm not a teacher.

    I can't see any gramatical mistake in that sentence, but I'd rather drop one of the two "boxes", it doesn't sound good.

    "Jenny opened the gift to see a beautiful box, broken into several pieces."
    "Jenny opened the gift box to see a beautiful case, broken into several pieces."


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    Re: participle...

    Quote Originally Posted by nautes20 View Post
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    * Correct the errors if any.
    Jenny opened the gift box to see a beautiful box, broken into several pieces.

    Perhaps:
    Jenny opened the gift box and was disappointed to see another box broken into several pieces.


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    Re: participle...

    Quote Originally Posted by nautes20 View Post
    Hi...
    Please help me with this grammar question...

    * Correct the errors if any.
    Jenny opened the gift box to see a beautiful box, broken into several pieces.


    Best wishes....

    Jenny opened the gift box and saw another beautiful box in it broken into several pieces.

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    Re: participle...

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    Perhaps:
    Jenny opened the gift box and was disappointed to see another box broken into several pieces.

    Jenny opened the gift box, only to find another box broken into several pieces.


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    Re: participle...

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    I believe the question might be, should there be a comma between the noun box and the participle broken?

    I think there shoudn't be a comma after 'box'.
    Besides, the infinitive 'to find' can be regarded as that of a subsequent action, not as an adverbial of purpose, and therefore be replaced by a homogenious predicate, as it has already been pointed out.
    ... opened ... and ... saw ...

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    Re: participle...

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    I think there shoudn't be a comma after 'box'.
    Besides, the infinitive 'to find' can be regarded as that of a subsequent action, not as an adverbial of purpose, and therefore be replaced by a homogenious predicate, as it has already been pointed out.
    ... opened ... and ... saw ...
    Jenny opened the gift box to see a beautiful box, broken into several pieces.

    What I interpreted from the original sentence above was:

    Jenny opened the gift box, subsequently, unfortunately, she found that another box inside it(the gift box) had been broken into several pieces.

    I may be wrong.
    Last edited by tzfujimino; 26-May-2008 at 19:16.


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    Re: participle...

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Jenny opened the gift box to see a beautiful box, broken into several pieces.

    What I interpreted from the original sentence above was:

    Jenny open the gift box, subsequently, unfortunately, she found that another box inside it(the gift box) had been broken into several pieces.

    I may be wrong.
    ...was broken, not 'had been broken.'

    You need to indicate a state, not an action.

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