[Active participle phrases] not used for a single completed action?

High on grammar

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Hello everyone:

According to Longman Advanced Learner’s English:

In defining phrases, we only use an active participle phrase (-ing form) when we are describing a continuing action or situation. We can’t use an -ing form for a single completed action:

WRONG: The thief taking her bag has been arrested.

CORRECT: The thief who took her bag has been arrested. (Single completed action)

I found the following on Googlebooks:

I believe in justice – ever since the guy stealing my tyres was run over by the man stealing my car.

Source: The Mammoth Book of One-Liners

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According the Longman grammar book, it should be: I believe in justice – ever since the guy who stole my tyres was run over by the man who stole my car.

Do you guys agree with the grammar book?

Thanks
 
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  • DonnyB

    Sixties Mod
    English UK Southern Standard English
    I believe in justice – ever since the guy stealing my tyres was run over by the man stealing my car.
    That works, because it's an interrupted action and not a completed one.

    The way I interpret it, the first guy was in the middle of taking off the tyres when the second one jumped into the car and drove off, running him over. :)
     
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