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    two grammar questions

    1) We were all buffeted by the terrified crowd running.
    or
    We were all buffeted by the running terrified crowd .

    which IS grammatically correct? why?

    2)
    She stared at her love rival (mean the one who compete with her for the same guy, I'm unsure about this word, but how can I express the idea in English away ?), affronted or affronting
    I've seen people used afftonted and affronting, but which is better here?
    Why?


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    Re: two grammar questions

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    1) We were all buffeted by the terrified crowd running.
    or
    We were all buffeted by the running terrified crowd .

    which IS grammatically correct? why?
    I believe the second variant is the correct one.

    We were buffeted by the running terrified crowd.
    The article 'the' refers to the noun 'crowd'.

    If you say 'the terrified crowd running' the article would make 'running' a noun, which is wrong. The interpretation that 'running' is used as a postmodifying attribute to 'crowd' is also incorrect because unlike the participles concerned, involved, etc. (the question concerned, the people involved) 'running' doesn't function that way.

    Except in the set-phrase 'two days (/...) running.'
    Last edited by Clark; 01-Jul-2008 at 17:36.

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    Re: two grammar questions

    I think it would benefit from a comma...
    We were all buffeted by the running, terrified crowd.


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    Re: two grammar questions

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post

    2)
    She stared at her love rival (mean the one who compete with her for the same guy, I'm unsure about this word, but how can I express the idea in English away ?), affronted or affronting
    I've seen people used afftonted and affronting, but which is better here?
    Why?
    She stared at her rival. - is correct. I don't think 'love rival' is good.


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    Re: two grammar questions

    So affronted or affronting?

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    Re: two grammar questions

    1a) We were all buffeted by the terrified crowd running.

    1b) We were all buffeted by the running terrified crowd.

    1c) ... the terrified, running crowd.


    2)
    rival/the competition
    affronted


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    Re: two grammar questions

    She sat there, thinking
    She stared at her love rival, affronted
    What makes the difference?

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