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Connecting using a participial phrase

There are present participles (like ‘dropping’) and past participles (like ‘dropped’). You can use these participles to form a participial phrase that can help join together two sentences. For instance, if we started with two sentences like this:

The thief climbed through the window.

In doing so, he woke the dog which was sleeping in the room.

We can convert the first sentence into a participial phrase, by changing the order of the words a bit and changing the verb into a present participle:

Connecting using a participial phrase

The participial phrase is like an adjective for the subject of the main sentence - it provides extra information about ‘the thief’.