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Use of prepositions

 
 
Swarup
 
Reply Sun 6 Aug, 2017 02:11 am
____ seeing the police, the thief ran away
a) by b) as
c) on. d) none
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Sun 6 Aug, 2017 03:11 am
@Swarup,
This isn't a someone do my homework for me site. Say what you think the correct answer is and why, and I'm sure someone will be along to help.
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Ponderer
 
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Reply Wed 9 Aug, 2017 02:55 pm
@Swarup,
"On seeing ..." may be correct, but is rarely used. " Seeing the police..." gives the sentence more immediacy.
centrox
 
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Reply Fri 11 Aug, 2017 07:09 am
@Ponderer,
Ponderer wrote:

"On seeing ..." may be correct, but is rarely used. " Seeing the police..." gives the sentence more immediacy.

'On seeing' (or 'upon seeing') is not rarely used. It is common.
Ponderer
 
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Reply Fri 11 Aug, 2017 09:54 am
@centrox,
If you so say.
centrox
 
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Reply Fri 11 Aug, 2017 10:53 am
@Ponderer,
Ponderer wrote:
If you so say.

I do. It is common in British English - on hearing the screams, neighbours investigated; on seeing the smoke he called the fire brigade; on hearing the news the crowd cheered etc.
Ponderer
 
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Reply Fri 11 Aug, 2017 11:45 am
@centrox,
I so thought.
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