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Can a participial construction modify an adjective?

It was a very dark, cloudy night, and they were a bit late arriving at Hagrid's hut because they'd had to wait for Peeves to get out of their way in the entrance hall, where he'd been playing ...
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Titus Andronicus: “-She is delivered, lords, she is delivered. -To whom?”

This is about trying to understand the etymology, meaning and current usage(if any) of a specific form for the word deliver. Is deli'ver, to deliver, delivered There was an old form1 which was ...
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Grammar - Having known subject for X years, I am sure that

There is a following expression: Having known him for more than 10 years since we were at the same school, I am sure that... This sentence seems weird to me. What it is trying to say is: I ...
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When noun phrase take the role of participial phrase, what name do you call it?

The only marked event of the afternoon was, that I saw the girl with whom I had conversed in the verandah, dismissed in disgrace by Miss Scatcherd from a history class, and sent to stand in the ...
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Grammar question regarding correct usage of participial phrase

I have trouble with an SAT grammar question: The delegates coming this far, they did not want to return without accomplishing something. I got it down to 2 choices: (B) Coming this far, the ...
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participial phrase at the beginning of a sentence must refer to the grammatical subject

I am reading this The Elements of Style book by Strunk and White, I am confused about rule number 11. A participial phrase at the beginning of a sentence must refer to the grammatical subject There ...
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Participial clauses

Can you explain which one is true and why? 1) Founded in 1636, Harvard is one of the most famous universities in the United States 2) Being founded in 1636, Harvard is one of the most famous ...
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Comma(s) when starting a sentence with both an introductory element and participial clause [duplicate]

If a sentence is starting with both an introductory element and a participial clause, where do I need to set the comma(s) appropriately? Consider the following versions of an example sentence: ...
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Does this phrase take an adverbial or adjective role?

"Exactly," said Dumbledore, looking very seriously over the top of his half-moon glasses. "It would be enough to turn any boy's head. Famous before he can walk and talk! Famous for something he ...