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Do participial phrases have aspect by default?

Take this quote from Hillary Clinton: "I think there should be a much broader agenda and I know it`s difficult to imagine having the Congress work on so many issues at the same time. Because it does ...
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A participial phrase at the beginning of a sentence must refer to the grammatical subject. - What does it mean?

I am studying a book called, "The elements of style" and there is one concept that doesn't make a sense to me. I copied the text from the book below. Participial phrases preceded by a conjunction ...
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What does this participial phrase modify?

I'm an ESL teacher trying to help my student parse this sentence: And as they have come together, the imperative among participating countries to cloak their technological capacities and ...
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Participial Phrases As Objective Complement

Can a participial phrase be used as an objective complement? If so, is there a way to tell when the participial phrase is or is not used as an objective complement? How would this sentence be ...
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How does a participial phrase modify a noun?

I know that participial phrases function as adjectives, but I was wondering how exactly they modify the noun. Adjectives can modify nouns in three ways (1) What kind (2) Which one (3) How many In ...
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Participial as adverbial?

''Solve the questions using what I have taught you.'' ''He showed up wearing a suit.'' ''It is doing a nice job covering up the broken chair.'' ''I broke the law getting you out of jail.'' ''You were ...
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Can a comma be used to REPLACE a subordinating conjunction?

I am aware that the formulas for complex sentences are ID and D,I (I=independent and D=dependent), but I have a sentence that has an I and D but adding a subordinate conjunction sounds weird. "He woke ...
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“followed” as a participial phrase

Here's another participial phrase comma question (sorry, just trying to get this right). "The doorbell rang twice followed by the sound of the lock disengaging in the front of the house." Assume "...
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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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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: (A):...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...