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What does "playing with fish" in the following sentences modify? When Dad told me I was going to take a scuba diver training course, I was more than excited. I thought I'd be like those people on TV, playing with fish. 1) "playing with fish" modifies "those people on TV" 2) "Playing with fish" modifies "would be like those people on TV"
Oct 29, 2018 3:43 AM
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Actually it complements 'I'd be'; in terms of meaning, it could do this or refer to the people on TV because you are alike, but grammatically it is determined by the comma, which separates it from the TV people; without the comma, it would modify them. This difference would also be reflected in the rhythm of the sentence as you spoke it.
October 29, 2018
It's referring to "the people on TV." 'The people on TV' are the ones who 'play with fish.'
October 29, 2018
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