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...


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


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.

  • 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...

  • 2
    When has English become a common noun? – Kris Feb 25 '12 at 6:02

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