in which i described" <> describing?

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Bigtime, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. Bigtime

    Bigtime Senior Member

    Arabic
    I wrote:



    I wrote a book in which I described the story in detail.
    I wrote a book describing the story in detail.


    Is there a difference in meaning between " in which i described" <> describing? If so, how?

    Thanks.
     
  2. bicontinental Senior Member

    U.S.A.
    English (US), Danish, bilingual
    In the first sentence the subject for 'describe' is ‘I’, i.e. I described the story in detail in the book

    In the second sentence ‘describing’ modifies 'book', i.e. the book (is) describing/describes the story.

    The final outcome is the same: a book with a detailed description of the story.:)

    Bic.
     
  3. Parla Senior Member

    New York City
    English - US
    In my view, yes. The first sentence says that you wrote a book, and in that book the story is described in detail; there may also be many other things in the book, including other stories described in detail. The second sentence says that the book consists entirely of your describing the story in detail.
     
  4. Bigtime

    Bigtime Senior Member

    Arabic
    I see. Thanks for the clarification.
     
  5. se16teddy

    se16teddy Senior Member

    London
    English - England
    I would say rather that describing is ambiguous: it is not entirely clear whether I described the story or the book described the story. However, I admit that, like bicontinental and Parla, I assumed that it was probably the book that described the story.
     

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