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Posted by Bouncing Bee   27 Mar 2014 10 23 am

Dear Alex,
I have come across a sentence as follows. " By spending a little time each day immersed in scripture and setting aside time to talk with God, we can get to know God better and deepen our commitment to follow in one of Jesus." I wonder whether the word "immersed" is correctly used. Is " to be immersed" more appropriate? Thank you for your enlightenment. From Bouncing Bee
 
 
Posted by Bouncing Bee   27 Mar 2014 10 26 am

Dear Alex,

There are omissions in the sentence. It should be "By spending a little time each day immersed in scripture and setting aside time to talk with God, we can get to know God better and deepen our commitment to follow in the way of Jesus."

Many Thanks,
Bouncing Bee
 
 

Teacher
Posted by alex stringer   27 Mar 2014 11 23 am

Hi

In your example sentence, 'immersed in scripture' and 'setting aside time...' are participle clauses (a kind of adverbial clause).

This is quite a common structure and is used to show time and other relationships between actions and events. Past participles are used for the passive, and present participles (ending 'ing') are used for active constructions.

She spent the day playing in the garden.
Excited by the news, he rushed out to tell his friends.



It's fine to use them here but it would be clearer if you repeated 'by'.
We use the form 'By doing sthg...' to show the means of method of doing it, and here you are suggesting two separate methods: (1) spending a little time each day immersed in scripture, and (2) setting aside time...etc. So it would be better if each one started with 'by':

By spending a little time each day immersed in scripture and by setting aside time to talk with God...etc.

The rest of the sentence is fine.

Alex

 
 

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