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Learner33



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2005 12:49 pm    Post subject: Participle phrases.Mr doliver Reply with quote

I am having difficulty understanding the difference between past participle phrases (ed) and present passive participle phrasses(being+ed).
Are they same? can we use them interchangeably?e.g:
-Seen, the sniper dropped his gun.
-Being seen, the sniper dropped his gun.
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doliver



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2005 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello again, Learner33.

You wrote:

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I am having difficulty understanding the difference between past participle phrases (ed) and present passive participle phrases (being+ed).
Are they same? can we use them interchangeably? e.g:

-Seen, the sniper dropped his gun.
-Being seen, the sniper dropped his gun.


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What you have in the above examples is an -ed participial adjective (#1) and a present participial phrase (#2). They're not exactly the same, and they can't really be used interchangeably.

The first example suggests to me that someone saw the sniper first and then afterward the sniper dropped his gun. This sequence of events is not what is shown in the second example.

The second example could be restated as 'Because someone sees the sniper, he dropped his gun—which has a mismatch of times. To be the same as the first example, #2 should be "Having been seen, the sniper dropped his gun."

I hope this helps, Learner33.

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By the way, my name isn't Dave; instead, it's Dennis. You can call me Dennis or Mr. Oliver, but not Mr. Dennis (and not Mr. Dave).

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