Walking down the street

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Bassim

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I am wondering if my sentences are grammatically correct.

Walking down the street, I saw a young, barefoot boy sitting on the pavement. He sang a popular pop song, drumming on an upturned plastic bucket between his legs. Some passersby stopped, gave him a pitying smile and dropped a few coins into a bowl in front of him.
 

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Add a comma after smile and they're okay.
 

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GoesStation,
I know you are right. Would you please explain to me why is a comma required in the above sentence? I have seen similar sentences many times, but I don't know what rules applies in the above example .
 

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Consider using "he was/started singing" instead of "sang" if you didn't hear the entire song.
 
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