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use of 'on' in participal phrase #1 (permalink) Mon Mar 24, 2014 8:02 am   use of 'on' in participal phrase
 

Hi Alan,

May I have the explanation on the difference between the following sentences:

On reaching there, I found the hall empty.
Reaching there, I found the hall empty.

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use of 'on' in participal phrase #2 (permalink) Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:26 am   use of 'on' in participal phrase
 

Hi Souba,

To start with I have to say that 'reach there' is a little vague because 'reach' would usually be used with something more definite than 'there'. Nevertheless both sentences are grammatically sound. I think your first sentence:

Quote:
On reaching there, I found the hall empty.

has a better balance. The difference between the two is mainly that the first one is more precise as 'on' conveys the idea of 'when'.
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use of 'on' in participal phrase #3 (permalink) Mon Mar 24, 2014 11:51 am   use of 'on' in participal phrase
 

Hi Alan,

Thank you very much for your early reply. Can I write 'Having reached there.......................' in place of the above sentences.

Kindly explain me.

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use of 'on' in participal phrase #4 (permalink) Mon Mar 24, 2014 11:57 am   use of 'on' in participal phrase
 

Yes.
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use of 'on' in participal phrase #5 (permalink) Mon Mar 24, 2014 12:21 pm   use of 'on' in participal phrase
 

Thanks a lot.

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