Case for isolating present participles in their various positions
Present participles can create illogical simultaneous actions (two actions taking place at the same time when they CANNOT).
Dell-Dell was now ripping the dough apart into small chunks, using her palms to roll them into pear-shaped nuggets. ❌
She cannot be ripping the dough apart (presumably with her fingers) at the same time that she is using her palms to roll the chunks into nuggets. This illogical if not impossible action is implied by the use of the participial phrase, which creates simultaneity.
Dell-Dell was now ripping the dough apart into small chunks, and using her palms to roll them into pear-shaped nuggets.
In the recast sentence directly above, it is now clear that she does two different actions in sequence, not simultaneously, as marked by the coordinating conjunction.
Syntactic search parameter
Type of search: Regex
MS Word use/instructions:
- Select the Advanced Find tool to open the Find and Replace dialog.
- Expand the Move>> button to show the Search Options.
- Select Use wildcards.
- Copy a regex provided below and paste it into the Find what field
- Within the regex, replace the entire “ITEM” placeholder including the square brackets with a search item from the Search items list (if or when provided) to establish the search parameter.
- Click the Find Next button to move through (select) each highlighted result.
- Alternatively, instead of clicking the results individually, you may just want to highlight all of them at once (perhaps to get an idea of the quantity). To do so while you are still in the Find and Replace dialog, click the Reading Highlight button and then select Highlight All.
Search items list:
- NONE / already defined per regex/wildcards
Front of sentence paragraph-start phrases
Front of sentence intra-paragraph phrases
End of sentence phrases