Hello, everyone.

Sentence:

1, In order to put out the terrible fire in a high building, 20 firefighters in Hengyang, Hunan province succeeded in rushing into the building, unfortunately caught in the fire.

2, He walked a long way home, exhausted.

Sentence 2 seems correct. "Exhausted" expresses the state after his walking home. 

I want to know if sentence 2 also works if I understand "caught" as a state after they rushed into the building.

The question derives from a previous discussion: https://thegrammarexchange.inf...6#583405316546362986

I cut off the last few words in the original sentence, hoping to make it grammatical this way.

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Robby zhu posted:

 

1, In order to put out the terrible fire in a high building, 20 firefighters in Hengyang, Hunan province succeeded in rushing into the building, unfortunately caught in the fire.

2, He walked a long way home, exhausted.

Sentence 2 seems correct. "Exhausted" expresses the state after his walking home. 

I want to know if sentence 2 also works if I understand "caught" as a state after they rushed into the building.

 

Hi, Robby zhu,

If you read the other thread thoroughly, you will understand that "caught" alone is incorrect. You have to say "becoming caught" (or "getting caught") to indicate posteriority.

Sentence (2) can only be understood as his being exhausted during, not after his long walk.

Thanks, Gustavo, my idea was that "caught" probably needs to parallel with "losing", and that is part of the reason why "caught" doesn't work there. So I dropped the "losing" part.

Now I get it .It doesn't work on its own with or without "losing"

 

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