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He died attended by his wife and three children, Canadian media report.

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He died attended by his wife and three children.
Is this grammatically correct? I know what it means; his wife and children were at his bedside at the time the death.

It sounds odd and ungrammatical to say 'he died attended by his wife and three children'.

When a person dies, would you say the death was attended by a doctor if a doctor was there at the time of the person's death?

I know it would be correct to say attended by a doctor in the case of child birth.
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He died attended by his wife and three children.


It sounds quite odd to me!
It sounds as if his wife & children actively helped him to die... (but I may be wrong)

At the very least, you want "attend by" here: "attended to by etc...)
Hello guys

I don't think anything wrong with "He died attended by someone". We can use "attend" as a transitive verb in the sense of "minister/serve to a sick person". So why can't we say "attend a dying person"? Grammatically, "attended by three children" here can be interpreted as a contraction of an adverbial passive participle construct: "being attended by three children".

For your reference;

"History of Modern Europe 1792-1878" by C. A. Fyffe
-Roman Republic, Feb. 15, 1798.-

He (Pope Pius VI) was then required to renounce his temporal power, and, upon his refusal, was removed to Tuscany, and afterwards beyond the Alps to Valence, where in 1799 he died, attended by a solitary ecclesiastic.

paco
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I may have been wrong... The more I read the expression, the more I think I may have been wrong...
Paco, I would agree with you. In any case, the construction of the sentence is not excellent. I would write in simple manner so as to understand without any hassle.
To Andrei,

You are right, "He died attended by his wife and three children." sounds not only odd but also that there is something very "wrong" with the sentence. If you change the verb "died" with e.g. "suffocated", "drowned", "choked", etc., you would know what I mean. I believe that the words "whilst being" are missing in the sentence. e.g.

"He died WHILST BEING attended by his wife and three children."
-------in this sentence, "whilst being attended by his wife.....chlidren" is an adverbial clause modifying the verb "died".

"He died attended by his wfe and three children" = He (who was) attended by his wife and three children, died.
--------"(who was) attended by his wife.......children" is an adjective clause qualifying the noun "he".
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To paco2004,

Can you rephrase(without change in meaning) the sentence(below) which you referred to?

{{ He (Pope Pius VI) was then required to renounce his temporal power, and, upon his refusal, was removed to Tuscany, and afterwards beyond the Alps to Valence, where in 1799 he died, attended by a solitary ecclesiastic. }}

I, personally, would rephrase it this way:-

"Upon his refusal, Pope Pius VI was then required to renounce his temporal power, and was removed to Tuscany, and afterwards beyond the Alps to Valence - where in 1799 he died - attended by a solitary ecclesiastic."

I wish to point out that in the original sentence, the clause "where in 1799 he died" is a parenthetical clause since it was placed between "two commas". A parenthetical clause can be omitted without changing the meaning of the sentence. e.g.

"Upon his refusal, Pope Pius VI was then required to renounce his temporal power, and was removed to Tuscany, and afterwards beyond the Alps to Valence attended by a solitary ecclesiastic."
---------the clause "attended by a solitary ecclesiastic" qualifies the noun "Pope Pius VI".
I think in the original sentence it is clear that his death was attended by a solitary ecclesiasitc, not his removal to Valence. There might be a better way of punctuating the sentence, but I don't think you can arbitrarily remove any bunch of words that happen to fall between two commas. For example, you could hardly say "He was then required to recounce his temporal powers, and, upon his refusal,, and afterwards beyond the Alps....." Not everything between two commas can be omitted from the sentence without changing the meaning!

Also, in your paraphrse, Temico, you have his refusal preceding his being required to renounce his temporal power. I think that renouncing his temporal power was what he refused to do, rather than the result of some prior refusal of something unmentioned.

As for the original question, I don't find anything wrong with "he died attended by his wife and children."
To khoff,

You are right about the "temporal power and refusal part"( I was led astray by the word "then" after "was" at the begining of the sentence), but can you explain to me why is there a "comma" after "died" (.......where in 1799 he died, attended by a solitary ecclesiastic." and why is it not there in, "he died attended by his wife and children." ??

Also, why is there a "comma" before "where" (....., where in 1799 he died, ....)? If the clause, "where he died" is a subordinate adjective clause there would be no need for a comma. e.g.

".......and afterwards beyond the Alps to Valence WHERE in 1799 he died, attended by......."

Anyhow, since you say that my paraphasing of the sentence is incorrect, can you paraphrase it for me?
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