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Is this good English?

Falling into the ocean, the drop dies as a drop, but not as water.

Or should I say:

When it falls into the ocean, the drop dies...

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Did I fall asleep? When has English become a common noun? –  Kris Feb 25 '12 at 6:01
    
Thank you Kris. Changed. –  Shivadas Feb 25 '12 at 10:58

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Starting a sentence with a verb in an -ing form is perfectly valid and acceptable. If properly used, it sounds dramatic and professional.

Example:

Running through the crowd I didn't pay enough attention and didn't spot the robber.

As for what you propose - it sounds fine, but I'd omit the first comma, thus writing:

Falling into the ocean the drop dies as a drop, but not as water.

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I want to edit your answer to remove the 'Yes'. –  Sam Feb 24 '12 at 23:34
    
@Sam: You safely could have, but I've done it myself now. Thanks for pointing out a way to improve my answer :) –  RiMMER Feb 25 '12 at 0:00

Definitely correct to use the latter, although both are technically correct according to english rules...

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When has English become a common noun? –  Kris Feb 25 '12 at 6:02

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