Reduction of "while"

taceev

Senior Member
Turkish
He jumped that wall while he was being chased by a dog. (Pass over that wall)

How can I reduce the "while part" of the sentence above?

1- He jumped that wall while chased by a dog. (I think this one is wrong)

2- He jumped that wall while being chased by a dog. (Okay)

3- He jumped that wall, being chased by a dog. (Okay)

4- He jumped that wall, chased by a dog. (Okay)
 
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    1 sounds odd.

    2 is good.

    3 and 4 are not. They sound silly, as though they mean the wall is being chased by a dog.

    However, as is often the case on this forum, your sentence is not a very good example of the use of while. It reads rather as though the fact that a dog was chasing him was incidental.
     
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    taceev

    Senior Member
    Turkish
    What about this versions?

    5- Being chased by a dog, he jumped that wall.

    6- Chased by a dog, he jumped that wall.
     

    Keith Bradford

    Senior Member
    English (Midlands UK)
    Sorry, Taceev, we really don't use this sort of construction in everyday English. "He was being chased by a dog and (so) he jumped over the wall... He jumped over the wall while being chased by a dog..."

    While is over 200 times more common than whilst in this construction. See Google Ngram Viewer.
     

    lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    In formal writing, it’s all the more important to stick to standard constructions and ignore inferior variants.
     
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