What's wrong with this sentence?


What is wrong with the following sentence: "Bob is a curious person, collecting things." My instinct tells me that the correct version of this sentence would be "Bob is a curious person who collects things" but I'm not sure a) if I'm correct or b) what, technically, makes the first version incorrect. Can anyone help?

participle progressive asked Apr 08 '14 at 19:10 Eddie New member

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The original sentence is very informal.  It could easily be used in a work of fiction or an email to a friend.  Informal and conversational speech often omits words or even phrases that are understood in context.  If you were writing something more formal, your rewritten sentence would be fine.

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link comment answered Apr 09 '14 at 21:28 Adalgiza Diaz New member

The sentence seems like, at this moment in time, Bob is actively collecting things.

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