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As the last ship sailed towards the distant horizon, I sat there watching on a rock. My mind slowly drifting away, forming into my...dreamtale.

I can't figure out whether I was sitting on a rock or watching on a rock. It seems ambiguous, right?

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In this context "watching on a rock" couldn't mean any thing else than "on a rock, watching" –  SmokerAtStadium Mar 18 '13 at 10:25
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"I sat there watching on a rock" is unambiguous. You may be thinking that "watching on" can mean something like "gazing on" or "gazing at". But "watching" would be used transitively for that meaning: "watching a rock", never intransitively *"watching on a rock". The truly ambiguous sentence would be: "I sat there meditating on a rock".

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