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standing in the doorway

Post by navi » Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:23 am

1) The building was destroyed using modern explosives.
2) The building was destroyed, using modern explosives.

3) This painting was painted applying paint with a spray.
4) This painting was painted by John applying paint with a spray.

5) Tim was shot by his cousin standing in the doorway.
6) Tim was shot by his cousin, standing in the doorway.

Are 1-4 correct?

Are '5' and '6' correct if his cousin was standing in the doorway?


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Re: standing in the doorway

Post by Alan » Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:10 am

(1) possible but the comma in (2) is redundant, and (6) would imply that Tim was the one standing in the doorway.