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1. He ordered me to shoot the pig by the tree trembling with fear.
2. He ordered me to kill the pig with a knife trembling with fear.
3. He ordered me to kill the pig trembling with fear trapped in the cage.
4. He ordered me to kill the pig with a knife trapped in the cage.
5. He ordered me to kill the pig with a knife trembling with fear.
6. He ordered me to kill the pig with a knife trembling with fear trapped in the cage.
7. He ordered me to kill the pig with a knife trembling with fear being trapped in the cage.
8. He ordered me to throw stones at the pig trembling with fear trapped in the cage.
9. He ordered me to throw stones at the pig trembling with fear being trapped in the cage.

Q1) Are all the sentences above correct and grammatical English?
Q2) According to sentences 1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9 was it the pig that was trembling with fear?
Q3) According to sentences 3,4,6,7,8,9 was it the pig that was trapped in the cage?
Q4) As for sentence 6, does this part "trembling with fear trapped in the cage " describe "the pig" ?
Q5) As for sentence 6, is there no need to add "and" as in "He ordered me to kill the pig with a knife trembling with fear and trapped in the cage"?
Q6) As for sentence 7, does this part "trembling with fear being trapped in the cage" describe "the pig" ?
Q7) As for sentence 8, does this part "trembling with fear trapped in the cage" describe "the pig" ?
Q8) As for sentence 9, does this part "trembling with fear being trapped in the cage" describe "the pig" ?

Would you please answer my questions one by one with simply saying yes or no? or with some explanation if it's needed?
Thanks a lot.

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Dangling participles and misplaced modifiers. I have tried to fix the problems, but some of the sentences should be phrased differently. See #5 for example, which should be used as a model for 6 and 7.

1. He ordered me to shoot the pig by the tree that was trembling with fear.
2. He ordered me to kill the pig with a knife that was trembling with fear with a knife.

3. He ordered me to kill the pig trapped in the cage and trembling with fear trapped in the cage.


4. He ordered me to kill the pig with a knife trapped in the cage with a knife.
5. He ordered me to use a knife to kill the pig that was trembling with fear with a knife trembling with fear.
6. He ordered me to kill the pig that was trapped in the cage and trembling with fear with a knife.
7. He ordered me to kill the pig with a knife trembling with fear being trapped in the cage and trembling with fear with a knife.
8. He ordered me to throw stones at the pig trembling with fear trapped in the cage and trembling with fear.

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It would be easier to reply if you first answered these questions.

Who was trembling with fear, the pig or me?

Who was trapped in the cage, the pig or me?

Who was by the tree, the pig or me?

Does with a knife modify the verb 'kill' or does it mean the pig possessed a knife (in the real world, a pig can't possess a knife, but it can in the world of grammar. )

Clive

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Thank you very much AlpheccaStars! Your answer helps me a lot Emotion: smile

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