There are always people coming and going,discussing...,arguing..

james0228

Senior Member
korean
[ There are always people coming and going, ceaselessly discussing the latest experiment or theory, ( ) arguing in front of a projector or over cups of coffee.]

It seems to me that the above sentence includes the structure 'A, B, and C' and all of them are the present particles modifying 'people' -
A: Coming and going, B: ceaselessly discussing...
C: arguing in front of ...

1)Is it necessary(or better) to add 'and' in the bracket ( )?

2)Are All of 'A, B, C' the present participle modifying 'people'?
or, some of them the adverbial participle phrase?
 
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  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Yes, it’s saying that people do A, B, [and] C. But the way it’s written is fine as it is – a bit literary in style. And it’s easier to read if presented cleanly, without the brackets and underlining.

    There are always people coming and going, ceaselessly discussing the latest experiment or theory, arguing in front of a projector or over cups of coffee. :tick::thumbsup:
     
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