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Can comma + verb-ing modify over another modifier?

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26 Jul 2018, 02:55
For example

He was hit by the bus, which is blue, dying instantly.

Is it possible that dying instantly modify He?

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26 Jul 2018, 07:39
Hi AtomChyp,

Comma+ Verb-ing modifies the whole preceding clause: shows the result of the preceding clause/action of the previous clause.

The example you've mentioned is rather ambigious.

I think it would be more productive to work on real GMAT questions and read explanations for them.

There are many great videos by Ron on modifiers:

https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/thursdays-with-ron/
https://gmatclub.com/forum/updated-thur ... 98304.html

Modifier can modify another modifier:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/more-than-30 ... 56738.html

Hope it helps!
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30 Jul 2018, 11:56
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AtomChyp wrote:
For example

He was hit by the bus, which is blue, dying instantly.

Is it possible that dying instantly modify He?

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Yes, that's fine. An ING modifier at the end of a sentence will modify the main subject & verb of the sentence. In this case, 'dying instantly' modifies 'he was hit', which makes sense.
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