azhong wrote:On the first day of the summer vacation, the instant Harry Potter returned to his uncle and aunt's house, all his wizardry-related things, - his wand, robes, spellbooks spell books, cauldron, and his top-of-the-line flying broomstick, - were all locked into the cupboard under the stairs, and started again with the Dursleys his miserable life he started his miserable life with the Dursleys once again, being where he was treated as a dog having that rolled in something smelly.
(Hi dEhiN:dEhiN wrote:4) Lastly, "where he was" and "that" just sound better as linking words/phrases in this scenario. There are times where "being" and "having" work for linking a subordinate clause with an ordinate clause, but unfortunately this isn't one of those times. Actually, now that I think about it, "being" could work but with a slightly modified sentence: he started once again his miserable life of being treated as a dog that rolled in something smelly.azhong wrote:... and started again with the Dursleys his miserable life he started his miserable life with the Dursleys once again, being where he was treated as a dog having that rolled in something smelly.
…but now the school year was over, and he was back with the Dursleys for the summer, back to being treated like a dog that had rolled in something smelly.
azhong wrote:(Hi dEhiN:
Thank you, and long time no see. I remember you, an ex-moderator here. You once provided your assistance to me, too. The time I am reading your corrections is very special: the Lunar New Year's Eve for Chinese people. Thus, I wish you and all the Unilangers the best for the new year to come.)
I guess that a transitive verb, start, for example, and it's object, his miserable life, for example, can never be separated by inserting any phrase.
If my above conjecture is correct, it's natural that its following subordinate clause can't start with "being treated...", ortherwise the subject of the modifier will become "the Dersleys".
As for the latter part, it's actually due to my poor memory of Ms. Rowling's text:…but now the school year was over, and he was back with the Dursleys for the summer, back to being treated like a dog that had rolled in something smelly.
"Had rolled" is used in her text but not "rolled", which I will take as a regional difference between North American English and British English.
But I just can't figure out why "having rolled" can't replace "that had rolled" here. I am puzzled...
But you may reply nothing, for I am trying not to bother you all too much. All I think I can do, anyway, is to keep my daily reading then writing, to make progress by making mistakes again and again.
One more time, thank you for your help.
Are the below modifications, by adding two commas as an insertion, acceptable, although being archaic, literary or something? Thus the phrase "of being treated..." can follow.He started his miserable life with the Dersleys once again, where he was treated like a dog that rolled in something smelly.
azhong wrote:Are the below modifications, by adding two commas as an insertion, acceptable, although being archaic, literary or something? Thus the phrase "of being treated..." can follow.
Or is such an insertion not suggested? The deleted phrase "with the Dersleys" could be arranged into other sentences as well, then.
S1)He started, with the Dersleys once again, his miserable life of being treated ...
S2)He started once again, with the Dersleys, his miserable life of being treated...
azhong wrote:Another inquiry, with my thanks in advance.
Are these two types of modfiers below interchangeable? Both seem to function as adding details.
The first sentence of each group is simplified from Ms. Rowing's.
They stood still, wands directed at each other.
They stood still, with wands directed at each other.
The hallway was large and sumptuously decorated, with a carpet covering the floor.
The hallway was large and sumptuously decorated, a carpet covering the floor.
azhong wrote:*He had no money, thus he didn't eat breakfast.
(Ungrammatical, a run-on sentence, because "thus" is not a conjunction but a verb.)
azhong wrote:He had no money, and thus he didn't eat breakfast.
(Grammatical, because "and" is a conjunction.)
azhong wrote:He had no money, thus eating no breakfast.
(Grammatical, I guess?)
azhong wrote:I took a shower, then going to sleep.
(Also grammatical, I guess? But sounds seemingly unnatural?)
azhong wrote:It is a stone (being) cut artificially into a shape with five faces
azhong wrote:I was distraught then, (being) flooded by some a desperate mood and devastated by my panic during the after hours.
In this sentence, thus doesn't really work as a conjunction; it uses a semicolon " ;", didn't it? I repeat my earlier conjecture:(conjunctive) As a result. quotations ▼
I have all the tools I need; thus, I will be able to fix the car without having to call a mechanic.
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