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The Engineer fixed the problem, earning himself a promotion. In this sentence himself is a modifier.

The engineer fixed the problem and earned a promotion. Is "and earned" a modifier?

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The Engineer fixed the problem, earning himself a promotion. In this sentence himself is a modifier.

The engineer fixed the problem and earned a promotion. Is "and earned" a modifier?

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In the sentence -"The Engineer fixed the problem, earning himself a promotion", "The Engineer fixed the problem" is the main clause and "earning himself a promotion" is the adverbial modifier modifying the action the main clause. Himself is a reflexive pronoun referring back to the noun-Engineer.

The second sentence (The engineer fixed the problem and earned a promotion) has compound verbs fixed and earned linked correctly by the conjunction "and".

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The Engineer fixed the problem, earning himself a promotion
This usage is not correct and Engineer himslef cannot earn promotion , It is the problem fixed which has resulting into promotion .

The engineer fixed the problem and earned a promotion
This sentence convey two things and are independent of each other.In comparison to above this usage is correct.

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New post 28 Sep 2018, 05:51
. “And earned “ is not a modifier. The engineer fixed the problem and earned a promotion. This sentence is an example in which there are two verbs. First verb is fixed the problem . Another verb is earned a promotion.

These two verbs are independent of each other . It’s possible that engineer did not get promotion because of solving a problem. ” And earned” doesnot modify anything.


However in first sentence, there is clear cause and effect relation. The engineer solved the problem which lead to earning his promotion.
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singhashish41 wrote:
. “And earned “ is not a modifier. The engineer fixed the problem and earned a promotion. This sentence is an example in which there are two verbs. First verb is fixed the problem . Another verb is earned a promotion.

These two verbs are independent of each other . It’s possible that engineer did not get promotion because of solving a problem. ” And earned” doesnot modify anything.


However in first sentence, there is clear cause and effect relation. The engineer solved the problem which lead to earning his promotion.


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The Engineer fixed the problem, earning himself a promotion
This usage is not correct and Engineer himslef cannot earn promotion , It is the problem fixed which has resulting into promotion .

The engineer fixed the problem and earned a promotion
This sentence convey two things and are independent of each other.In comparison to above this usage is correct.

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Unfortunately, this isn't quite right. An '-ing verb' modifier, when it appears at the end of a sentence following a comma, modifies the main subject and verb of the clause it's attached to. So, in this case, it modifies 'engineer fixed'.

Since 'earning himself a promotion' is the result of 'engineer fixed [the problem]', then this modifier is being used correctly, and the sentence is correct.
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