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    Question How can I recognize which one is correct?

    Hello,

    Would you please describe to me how I can recognize the suitable clause or expression in the following sentences?









    1- Searching for treasure, robbers in ancient Egypt disturbed the majority of the kings' tombs.




    2- Having sung two operates, the popular opera star is awaiting word on her next performance.




    Why do we put just present participle in "the first sentence" and perfect partciple in "the second sentence"? What's difference between them?



    I read about "Dangling" but here recognizing the best form for these sentences is too difficult for me.


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    Re: How can I recognize which one is correct?

    1- Searching for treasure, robbers in ancient Egypt disturbed the majority of the kings' tombs.

    The participle phrase is not dangling here.
    To decide which form to use I do this:
    I extrapose the two sentences with different forms of participles:
    HAving searched for treasure, robbers in ancient Egypt disturbed the majority of the kings' tombs.
    Searching for treasure, robbers in ancient Egypt disturbed the majority of the kings' tombs.

    None of them clarifies better the time sequence than the other.



    2- Having sung two operates, the popular opera star is awaiting word on her next performance.

    Nothing is dangling. If you say:
    "Singing two operates, the popular opera star is awaiting word on her next performance," it would alter the meaning. In this case the act of singing and the act of waiting happens simultaneously.
    With the original form, there is a clear sequence of events. Which form is better. That which better describes a given situation.

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    Re: How can I recognize which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    1- Searching for treasure, robbers in ancient Egypt disturbed the majority of the kings' tombs.

    The participle phrase is not dangling here.
    To decide which form to use I do this:
    I extrapose the two sentences with different forms of participles:
    HAving searched for treasure, robbers in ancient Egypt disturbed the majority of the kings' tombs.
    Searching for treasure, robbers in ancient Egypt disturbed the majority of the kings' tombs.

    None of them clarifies better the time sequence than the other.



    2- Having sung two operates, the popular opera star is awaiting word on her next performance.

    Nothing is dangling. If you say:
    "Singing two operates, the popular opera star is awaiting word on her next performance," it would alter the meaning. In this case the act of singing and the act of waiting happens simultaneously.
    With the original form, there is a clear sequence of events. Which form is better. That which better describes a given situation.
    Thank you so much,

    Here I havent original form and that was just a "multiple choice" test which had given a correct answer without explanation.

    Any way , many thanks for your reply

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