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mrmvp

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Is this sentence correct? If so why there is an agreement although the word became is a past simple and the word paying is an adjective.


The audience became emotional, paying tribute with a never-ending applause, unable to believe that a living legend would retire suddenly.

What I know is that comma used to separate nouns, adjectives, and verbs.




Examples

I bought a pen , five books, and three pencils. (all the words in red are nouns )

She is kind, beautiful, and thoughtful teacher. ( all the words in green are adjectives)

I went to buy a book, I washed the car, and I met my brother-in-law. (all words in blue are in simple past tense)



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Is this sentence correct? If so, why [STRIKE]there[/STRIKE] is [STRIKE]an agreement although the word[/STRIKE] "became" [STRIKE]is a[/STRIKE] in the past simple and [STRIKE]the word[/STRIKE] "paying" [STRIKE]is[/STRIKE] an adjective?
No, "paying" is not an adjective. It is a present participle acting as an adverb.

What I know is that commas are used to separate nouns, adjectives, and verbs.
They have many other uses as well.

I bought a pen, five books, and three pencils. (All the words in red are nouns.)

She is a kind, beautiful, and thoughtful teacher. (All the words in green are adjectives.)

I went to buy a book; I washed the car, and I met my brother-in-law. (All the words in blue are in the simple past tense.)

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See above.
 

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Thank you so much.

could you please mention other uses?

I do not understand how present participle is used as adverb. Is the word tribute verb?

I know one usage of present participle to which I use it as an adjective like

A boring day.
 

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Thank you so much.
Could you please mention other uses?
There are too many to list here.
Take a look at the following links.

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/owlprint/607/
https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/punctuation/comma

I do not understand how present participle is used as adverb.
Take a look at the explanation in the link below.
https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/quick-grammar/participle-clauses

Is the word tribute a verb?
No, it's a noun.

I know one usage of present participles [STRIKE]to which I use it[/STRIKE] is as [STRIKE]an[/STRIKE] adjectives, like "a boring day."
Yes, that's one use.
 
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"Pay tribute" is a set phrase.
 
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