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onsen
Posted: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 8:18:02 PM
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Hello,

1. An old man was in the park feeding the pigeons.
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2. An old man was feeding the pigeons in the park.

Is 2. different in meaning from 1.?
I suppose they are different.
2. is in the progressive tense while 1. is not.
In 2. the old man may have fed from over the fence of the park.

Thank you
palapaguy
Posted: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 9:12:30 PM

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1. An old man was in the park feeding the pigeons.
This seems to give a bit of emphasis to the first phrase "in the park."

2. An old man was feeding the pigeons in the park.
This seems to give a bit of emphasis to the first phrase "feeding the pigeons."

The meanings are nearly the same, but there is a subtle difference in focus as noted above.

NKM
Posted: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 11:02:18 PM

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Theoretically they could have different meanings, but few people would bother to notice the difference.

Sentence (1) says that the old man was in the park; it doesn't say where the pigeons were.
Sentence (2) says that the pigeons were in the park; it doesn't say where the old man was.

Absent any presumption or suspicion of remote control, the default assumption would be that both the man and the pigeons were in the park.

srirr
Posted: Thursday, December 07, 2017 4:39:03 AM

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An old man was in the park, feeding the pigeons.

I feel there should be a comma after 'park'. Of course, the park was not feeding the pigeons.



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