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Is this sentence correct?(parallelism)

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Hi,

I was curious to see if this sentence is grammatically correct.

"He slipped and dodged all the punches".

In this sentence, the meaning should imply that he slipped the punches as well as dodged them, but based on the way the sentence is written is this clear enough? Theoretically, could the sentence be read as he slipped and also he dodged all the punches?

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New post 26 Aug 2018, 22:12
Hey Brian,

He slipped and dodged all the punches.

Let's check if the sentence is parallel.

The original sentence becomes:

He slipped all the punches.
He dodged all the punches.

Although both the sentence are grammatically correct. The first sentence doesn't makes sense. Check the construction below:

He slipped, dodging all the punches.

Adding an -ing modifier shows cause and effect. Subtle change in meaning.

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New post 27 Aug 2018, 07:11
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Hi,

I was curious to see if this sentence is grammatically correct.

"He slipped and dodged all the punches".

In this sentence, the meaning should imply that he slipped the punches as well as dodged them, but based on the way the sentence is written is this clear enough? Theoretically, could the sentence be read as he slipped and also he dodged all the punches?

Thanks!

Bryan


Is there a verbal SC question related to this?
I would say that the meaning is fine, perhaps adding "/.../ and thus dodged the pucnhes".

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