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Please feel free to comment on the presence of participles and/or gerunds in these sentences and on whether they are grammatical.

The river cresting at 7 pm will be anxiously watched by residents.

The river's cresting at 7 pm will be anxiously watched by residents.

The river predicted cresting at 7 pm will be anxiously watched by residents.

The river's predicted cresting at 7 pm will be anxiously watched by residents.

The pistol discharging scared everyone.

The pistol's discharging scared everyone.

The pistol unexpectedly discharging scared everyone.

The pistol's unexpectedly discharging scared everyone.

The pistol unexpected discharging scared everyone.

The pistol's unexpected discharging scared everyone.

A rock falling from above caused little damage.

A rock's falling from above caused little damage.

A rock unexpectedly falling from above caused little damage.

A rock's unexpectedly falling from above caused little damage.

A rock unexpected falling from above caused little damage.

A rock's unexpected falling from above caused little damage.

Thanks.

CJ
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The river cresting at 7 pm will be anxiously watched by residents. OK, present participle used as a relative clause equivalent. A little odd as there are a number of rivers and one of them will crest: The river that will crest at 7 pm will be...

The river's cresting at 7 pm will be anxiously watched by residents. OK, gerund.

The river predicted cresting at 7 pm will be anxiously watched by residents. Ungrammatical.

The river's predicted cresting at 7 pm will be anxiously watched by residents. OK, gerund.

The pistol discharging scared everyone. Grammatically similar to the very first sentence but for some reason I don't like this.Emotion: smile

The pistol's discharging scared everyone. OK, gerund.

The pistol unexpectedly discharging scared everyone. Ungrammatical.

The pistol's unexpectedly discharging scared everyone. Ungrammatical.

The pistol unexpected discharging scared everyone. Ungrammatical.

The pistol's unexpected discharging scared everyone. OK, gerund.

A rock falling from above caused little damage. OK, participle used as a clause equivalent.

A rock's falling from above caused little damage. Grammatically OK but sounds weird to my ear. I don't think many people would say this.

A rock unexpectedly falling from above caused little damage. OK, present participle.

A rock's unexpectedly falling from above caused little damage. Unexpectedly is wrong.

A rock unexpected falling from above caused little damage. Unexpected is wrong.

A rock's unexpected falling from above caused little damage. OK, gerund.

Jim, do you agree with me on any one of these?

CB
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Cool BreezeJim, do you agree with me on any one of these?
Yes! But I'm not going to tip my hand until I get a few more answers. Emotion: smile

Thanks for your input!

CJ