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Consider the following sentences:

1. "He went out of the house shouting loudly."

2. "Shouting loudly, he went out of the house."

The present participle clause can be placed at the beginning or at the end of the sentence.

However, that is not the case here:

3. "She was at a bar having a drink."

4. "Having a drink, she was at a bar." (x)

Or here?

5. "Sue got home late feeling very tired."

6. "Feeling very tired, Sue got home late." (x)

Or here:

7. "Linda was in London for two years working as a tourist guide."

8. "Working as a tourist guide, Linda was in London for two years." (x)

Or even here:

9. "Mary walked round the town looking at the sights and taking pictures."

10. "Looking at the sights and taking pictures, Mary walked round the town." (x)

Why?

Also, do you know any websites where I can get exercises to practice this kind of clauses?

Thank you in advance.
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Why?


Because causes precede effects.

Going out of the house is not a prerequisite for shouting. They are independent actions.

Being at a bar is related to and is a sort of reason for drinking, so the mention of drinking comes after the mention of being at a bar.

Getting home late is a good indicator that Sue was tired. Being tired would not necessarily indicate that she got home late. So getting home late is mentioned first.

Being in London would have to precede what Linda did while she was there.

Walking round the town sets the stage and is a sort of reason for taking pictures, so the picture taking is mentioned later in the sentence.

Perhaps someone can encapsulate these observations into a pithier rule. Emotion: smile

CJ
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Actually, your examples 6,8 and 10 sound good to me!