a job cleaning cars

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a job cleaning cars

Post by paracompact » Fri Feb 14, 2020 3:30 am

Participle clauses can be used after nouns and pronouns.
  • We can offer you a job cleaning cars.
[Swan: Practical English Usage, 3rd ed., 411.2]

Question: a job cleaning cars = a job that cleans cars ?

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Re: a job cleaning cars

Post by Alan » Fri Feb 14, 2020 6:58 am

No, rather a job that involves cleaning cars.

'Cleaning' here is a gerund rather than a participle.

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