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1) whistling"Beat it," I lifted the weight

I lifted the weight,whistling"Beat it

2) By concentrating, I lifted the weight

I lifted the weight by concentrating

3) To free my leg, I lifted the weight

I lifted the weight to free my leg

In each case, the subject I makes sense: I WAS WHISTLING "BEAT IT," I WAS CONCENTRATING, I WANTED TO FREE MY LEG. Make sure these modifiers have sensible subject in the sentence.

I dont understand this concept fully. Can somebody explain in detail?. Is there any book or website cover this topic in detail?
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29 Aug 2012, 12:36
TomB wrote:
Hi

1) whistling"Beat it," I lifted the weight

I lifted the weight,whistling"Beat it

2) By concentrating, I lifted the weight

I lifted the weight by concentrating

3) To free my leg, I lifted the weight

I lifted the weight to free my leg

In each case, the subject I makes sense: I WAS WHISTLING "BEAT IT," I WAS CONCENTRATING, I WANTED TO FREE MY LEG. Make sure these modifiers have sensible subject in the sentence.

I dont understand this concept fully. Can somebody explain in detail?. Is there any book or website cover this topic in detail?

Tom, I am not quite sure but I think the what "Make sure these modifiers have sensible subject in the sentence." is trying to say is subject should make sense in meaning

1. I lifted the weight by whistling
"Whistling" lifted the weight
2. I concentrating lifted the weight
Subject is "concentrating"

I am not an expert on this but this is what I understood. I hope that helps.
Re: verb modifiers   [#permalink] 29 Aug 2012, 12:36
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