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navi
Posted: Friday, November 19, 2021 8:48:43 PM
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Which are correct:

1) A man carefully approaching them was shot at.
2) A man carefully approaching was shot at.

3) A man approaching them was shot at.
4) A man approaching was shot at.

Gratefully,
Navi
tautophile
Posted: Saturday, November 20, 2021 12:47:29 AM
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They're all grammatical, and "correct", but without more context, I can't say which of them to recommend.
We need to know:
--Who are "they"?
--Why was "a man" (who?) approaching them?
----Why "a" man, and not "the man"?
--Why was that man approaching them "carefully"?
----How was he approaching carefully?
----Was he on a very narrow path, perhaps, carefully trying to to fall off a cliff ?
----Was he trying to remain unseen by "them", maybe sneaking up on "them"?
--Why was he being shot at?
--Who was shooting at him? "Them" or some other person?

I'd say that sentences 1 and 3 are better than sentences 2 and 4, but not by much.
Wang Yirun (Gesps)
Posted: Saturday, November 20, 2021 1:54:40 AM

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tautophile wrote:
They're all grammatical, and "correct", but without more context, I can't say which of them to recommend.
We need to know:
--Who are "they"?
--Why was "a man" (who?) approaching them?
----Why "a" man, and not "the man"?
--Why was that man approaching them "carefully"?
----How was he approaching carefully?
----Was he on a very narrow path, perhaps, carefully trying to to fall off a cliff ?
----Was he trying to remain unseen by "them", maybe sneaking up on "them"?
--Why was he being shot at?
--Who was shooting at him? "Them" or some other person?

I'd say that sentences 1 and 3 are better than sentences 2 and 4, but not by much.
yes
sureshot
Posted: Saturday, November 20, 2021 9:03:35 AM
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Wang Yirun[/quote wrote:
yes


__________

Wang,

Instead of saying "yes", "me too" etc or similar words expressing your agreement, please add your views. Reading such words are most annoying and do not add value to the topic under discussion.

If you have nothing to contribute, it would be better not to write words indicating agreement.

I hope you take this piece of advice in the right spirit.
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