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    Grammar correction

    Please explain why this sentence is wrong. Why don't we go home, walking?

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    Re: Grammar correction

    phrase "why don't" reference sugesstion (may be)
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    Re: Grammar correction

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Why don't we go home, walking?
    Too covertly bound to the matrix clause is the dangling participle. That is my problem with it.

    Why do we not go home walking? -- if we take out the comma, the sentence starts making sense. Still I have a lingering bad taste in my mouth reading this out loud.

    WE go home singing -- on the way home we were singing
    We go home walking -- on the way home we were walking -- sounds like:

    http://www.cobetry.nl/scrippykindere...flinstones.jpg

    foot-propelled car

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    Question Please explain why this sentence is incorrect

    Why don't we go home walking?


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    Re: Please explain why this sentence is incorrect

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Why don't we go home walking?
    Answered already - Please do not repeatedly post the same question.


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    Re: Please explain why this sentence is incorrect

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Why don't we go home walking?
    This is what your sentence means:
    While you are going home you are walking.

    1. Imagine yourself going home on foot:
    IF you go home thus, it means while you are walking home you are walking.

    2. Imagine yourself in a car headed towards your home:
    You go home by car. How can you walk and travel in a car simultaneously?
    Are you Fred Flinstone?

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    Re: Please explain why this sentence is incorrect

    The sentence is grammatically correct, with or without the comma:

    Why don't we go home, walking?
    Why don't we go home walking?

    But it's a strange combination of words. That means that people don't usually say it that way. The usual idiom is "on foot":

    Why don't we go home on foot?

    Or, best of all:

    Why don't we walk home?


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    Re: Please explain why this sentence is incorrect

    Quote Originally Posted by abaka View Post
    The sentence is grammatically correct, with or without the comma[/I]
    Correct but nonsense, unless we travel on a cruiser.

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