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Coming in from the rain, a gust of wind hit them with the ferocity of a small tornado.

A. Coming in from the rain, a gust of wind hit them
B. Coming in from the rain, they were hit by a gust of wind
C. After they had come in from the rain, they were hit by a gust of wind
D. After coming in from the rain, a gust of wind hit them
E. As they had come in from the rain, a gust of wind hit them


According to me i feel Option C and E both are grammatically correct.

I could understand why Option B is correct. Please help !!

Originally posted by sachinrelan on 17 Sep 2010, 23:50.
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E is wrong because who is coming from the rain,certainly not wind.SO E has modifying problem.That is why B is correct with correctly placed modifiers.C is wordy.
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Coming in from the rain, a gust of wind hit them with the ferocity of a small tornado.

A. Coming in from the rain, a gust of wind hit them
B. Coming in from the rain, they were hit by a gust of wind
C. After they had come in from the rain, they were hit by a gust of wind
D. After coming in from the rain, a gust of wind hit them
E. As they had come in from the rain, a gust of wind hit them


According to me i feel Option C and E both are grammatically correct.

I could understand why Option B is correct. Please help !!


Coming in from the rain should modify 'they'. Thus B.
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E is wrong because who is coming from the rain,certainly not wind.SO E has modifying problem.That is why B is correct with correctly placed modifiers.C is wordy.



C is can understand ...it is sounds wordy though i do not find any errors in it.

But if you closely look at the option E then according to my understanding it doesn't have any modifier problem because "As they had......" is a subordinate clause which is never Noun Hungry.

"As they ..." the answer to who is coming from the rain is already given in the clause itself so it is not wrong for the phrase "a gust of wind..." to follow after comma.

Do you concur with me ?
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I think you are right about E. But grammatically correct answers will usually appear more than once in every question you'll encounter. So grammar is not the only consideration for a right or wrong answer. B is more concise and clear therefor even if E is grammatically correct B is preferable.
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THough E is also correct, B wins because of its consciseness, modifier and sentence formation.
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It's B. The first clause modifies the subject which is "They." E is too wordy.
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My 2 cents.

B is the only one that maintains the tense/sequence of events. While they were coming in the rain, they were hit by the tornado.
E changes the meaning to they were hit by the tornado after they had come in the rain.
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There is problem with the placement of modifier.

Modifier - 'Coming in the rain' - incorrectly modifying gust of wind.

Hence need to place the subject after 'Coming in the rain' so that it correctly modifies subject.

Hence correct answer choice is B. Thanks.
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I reckon B is the only correct statement !!.
E changes meaning !
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sachinrelan wrote:
Coming in from the rain, a gust of wind hit them with the ferocity of a small tornado.

A. Coming in from the rain, a gust of wind hit them
B. Coming in from the rain, they were hit by a gust of wind
C. After they had come in from the rain, they were hit by a gust of wind
D. After coming in from the rain, a gust of wind hit them
E. As they had come in from the rain, a gust of wind hit them


According to me i feel Option C and E both are grammatically correct.

I could understand why Option B is correct. Please help !!


Coming in from the rain should modify 'they'. Thus B.


This kind of Modifier error is called a [highlight]Dangling Modifie[/highlight]r. The modifying phrase which tries to modify the word/sentence is missing. Here B correctly introduces "They" making the option correct. E of course is wordy and also introduces erroneous perfect tense "had come".
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Why is option A incorrect ? :(


Coming in from the rain, a gust of wind hit them with the ferocity of a small tornado.


who was coming in from the rain ... People=They or a Gust
A is incorrect because "Coming in from the rain" should modify " People= They " NOT a Gust
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B seems to be the best answer. I know A and D are incorrect due to modifier errors.
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coming ( verb+ ing ) before comma so modifies the subject, here is (they) but not the gust of wind, becz of wind ( they) got hurt

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I think we should retain the original meaning specially what is coming in from the rain.. a gust of wind can also come in from the rain, but in B it is suggesting people are coming in from the rain and that is changing the meaning.

A. Coming in from the rain, a gust of wind hit them with the ferocity of a small tornado.
B. Coming in from the rain, they were hit by a gust of wind with the ferocity of a small tornado.

Coming in from the rain, a gust of wind drenched the paintings. << we can write sentences like this one specially in literature etc.

Jumping on the floor, a gust of wind hit the people << this one is certainly wrong because we know that wind can't jump.

Therefore, I think A is correct.
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I think we should retain the original meaning specially what is coming in from the rain.. a gust of wind can also come in from the rain, but in B it is suggesting people are coming in from the rain and that is changing the meaning.

A. Coming in from the rain, a gust of wind hit them with the ferocity of a small tornado.
B. Coming in from the rain, they were hit by a gust of wind with the ferocity of a small tornado.

Coming in from the rain, a gust of wind drenched the paintings. << we can write sentences like this one specially in literature etc.

Jumping on the floor, a gust of wind hit the people << this one is certainly wrong because we know that wind can't jump.

Therefore, I think A is correct.


Although A makes some sense...but the intended meaning is surely that which is conveyed by B..it is a more fit
I guess one needs a native ear to catch this one..
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why C is wrong? If i correctly understand the meaning; T1 --> they came back from rain (past perfect) and T2 --> gust wind of tornado hit them (past).. I find C better then E which uses "As" ac cause which is not correct.

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WIll you pls suggest why C is wrong. Its in past perfect tense, which correctly shows that they came in , thereafter they were hit by a gust of wind. It shows the correct sequence of events.

At the same time I don't deny that B is incorrect. B sounds like both of even took place at the same time but C more appropriately represents the sequence of event.

Pls suggest !
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Coming in from the rain, a gust of wind hit them with the ferocity of a small tornado.

A. Coming in from the rain, a gust of wind hit them
A gust of wind was not coming in from the rain.
Well, it might have been, if we want to anthropomorphize, but in this context, no -- "coming in from the rain" should modify "they," not "a gust of wind"

B. Coming in from the rain, they were hit by a gust of wind
BINGO

C. After they had come in from the rain, they were hit by a gust of wind
So . . . they closed the door and the ferocious gust of wind came through the door?
Hold on a minute here. They came in from the rain. They got inside,
shut the door, and THEN the gust of wind blew THROUGH the door to hit them? Nah

D. After coming in from the rain, a gust of wind hit them
Same as C

E. As they had come in from the rain, a gust of wind hit them
Should mean: As they were coming in from the rain, a gust of wind hit them. . .
Does mean: BECAUSE they had come in [INSIDE] from the rain, a gust of wind hit them . . .
AS means during or while.
Past perfect suggests an event that predates another event.
We cannot have an event that is both simultaneous with and before another event.

According to me i feel Option C and E both are grammatically correct.

I could understand why Option B is correct. Please help !!


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WIll you pls suggest why C is wrong. Its in past perfect tense, which correctly shows that they came in , thereafter they were hit by a gust of wind. It shows the correct sequence of events.

At the same time I don't deny that B is incorrect. B sounds like both of even took place at the same time but C more appropriately represents the sequence of event.

These verb tenses are hard.

Answer C is wrong because (see highlight), it is illogical.
I think the focus on verb tenses has confused many.

Yes, C is written in what would be its past perfect tense if past perfect were correct.
Past perfect is not correct.

• The events "coming in from the rain" and "getting hit by a gust of wind" are simultaneous.

AS or WHILE they were coming in from the rain, a gust of wind hit them.
They were not yet indoors.

Correct: As they were coming in from the rain, a gust of wind hit them
Correct: As they came in from the rain, a gust of wind hit them
Correct: A gust of wind hit them as they came in from the rain

• Past perfect marks a competed action prior to another past event.
Notice the word AFTER in C.
After they had come in from the rain [and closed the front door], they were THEN hit by a gust of wind?
No. The wind did not come through the door after they closed the door.

This question is about meaning.
And timing.

Split #1: TIMING - the events are simultaneous

They came in from the rain and got hit by a gust of wind at the same time.
They did not come inside from the rain, close the door, and get blasted by a gust of wind.

Options C and D use "after."
Wrong. They got hit by the wind at the same time that they came in from the rain.

Eliminate C and D

Split #2: Misplaced modifier

The participial modifier (comma +___ING) modifies the gust of wind, which is the subject of the sentence as it is constructed in option A
The gust of wind was not coming out of the rain

Eliminate A

Split #3: AS means while or during, and PAST PERFECT signals "finished"

Past perfect is used to show an event that preceded another event in the past.
AS means "while" or "during."
Option E essentially says WHILE they were coming in from the rain AND AFTER they had come in from the rain. . .

Eliminate E

The answer is (B)

Hope that helps. :)
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