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Reply to "be made "ing""

Hi, David and Gustavo,

1) The movie was made using  a lot of special effects.

2) Using a crowbar, Hal pried open the top of the crate. (which I think is almost the same with 'Hal pried open the top of the crate using a crowbar.')

When I saw today above sentence 2), by intuition I felt the two '-ing's look similar but have different functions, and the 'Using a crowbar' in 2) could smoothly be paraphrased into 'By using a crowbar', which denotes an action to bring about a result described in the main clause.

Please kindly correct this assumption, if anything wrong.

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