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Oscar Charleston was a hitter so feared that even when he came to bat with the bases loaded he was routinely walked.

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b) the hitter so much feared that even when coming
c) the hitter of such fearsomeness that even when he had come
d) a hitter of such fearsomeness that even when he had come
e) a hitter so much feared that even when coming

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Is the use of coming proper in this sentence .When should 'ing' be used in past tense?

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New post 14 Jun 2007, 19:53
The answer is A, but I don't really know how to describe why. It just sounds best. It's more than acceptable to say phrases like <object> was so <descriptor> when speaking colloquially as a means of emphasis.

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New post 14 Jun 2007, 19:55
You use the ing when an action is ongoing either in the present, past, or future. Here I would go with E since the statement is ongoing and you would use a hitter instead of the hitter.

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New post 14 Jun 2007, 19:56
c and d has a clumsy sentence structure with the use of fearsomeness... out.
we prefer the use of 'a hitter' rather than 'the hitter' in this sentence. b is out.
e has redundant use of 'much' and the unnescessary use of progressive 'coming'

a is best.

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