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Hello sir,

I want to ask you one question on the sentence below.

1) stony silence – a period of time when angry people do not speak with each other, creating an uncomfortable silence.

I don't understand a part of the sentence after comma , that is "creating an uncomfortable silence.

Can you please make me understand ?

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ritik"creating an uncomfortable silence"

This is a participle clause. Participle clauses can occur before or after a main clause.

You can paraphrase this one by adding 'thereby' at the beginning of it:

a period of time when angry people do not speak with each other, thereby creating an uncomfortable silence

This means

a period of time when angry people do not speak with each other, and by doing this, they create an uncomfortable silence.

Participle clauses take their subject (angry people; they) and tense (speak; create) from the main clause they accompany.

The logical relationship between the participle clause and the main clause is never explicitly stated; you have to work it out by context. To paraphrase it you might have to rearrange the words and add if, so, thereby, therefore, thus, because, as a result, as soon as, while, or some other logical or temporal connector.

CJ

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ritikI don't understand a part of the sentence after comma , that is "creating an uncomfortable silence.

Their refusal to speak creates an uncomfortable silence.

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