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Considering the following examples,

1. The angry man, frustrated by the system and screaming about the parties is a hypocrite.
2. The angry man, frustrated by the system and screamed about the parties is a hypocrite.
3. The angry man, a hypocrite, was frustrated by the system and screaming about the parties.
4. The angry man, a hypocrite, was frustrated by the system and screamed about the parties.

I know 1 and 4 are right and that 2 is wrong. Is 3, right?

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Considering the following examples,

1. The angry man, frustrated [past participle] by the system and screaming[present participle] about the parties is a hypocrite. Parallelism OK
2. The angry man, frustrated [participle] by the system and screamed [Verb] about the parties is a hypocrite. Parallelism NOT OK
3. The angry man, a hypocrite, was frustrated [adjective] by the system and screaming [verb] about the parties. Parallelism NOT OK
4. The angry man, a hypocrite, was [verb] frustrated [adj] by the system and screamed [verb] about the parties. [was can be parallel to screamed. Please Note Passive voice parallel to Active Voice]

I know 1 and 4 are right and that 2 is wrong. Is 3, right?


In my opinion, 3rd is not right. If you consider the non parallel part till "the angry man, a hypocrite, was", then frustrated and screaming will become parallel. "Frustrated" here is an adjective ('was' is a linking verb connecting subject to adjective), while 'screaming' is acting as a verb. And verbs can't be parallel to adjective. So I think, there is a problem with this sentence.

I'd also say that there seems to be a problem with #2. "screamed" is a verb here, can't be parallel to participle "frustrated".

I'd request experts to chime in. thanks.
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New post 28 Dec 2017, 16:05
For no.3 the screaming doesn’t act as a verb as verbing should be preceded by a BE verb to make verbing as verb . E.g. was As the sentence is in past tense


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