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Section 12.5.2

Participial Phrases

A participial phrase can modify a subject, an entire predicate, a direct or indirect object, or an entire sentence.

Yet people trying to protect their data and transmissions apply less caution than the goats do: they attempt to distinguish between friend and foe using a mere sequence of symbols. [The first participial phrase modifies the subject; the second participial phrase modifies the predicate.]

The procedure then appends a signature consisting of the distorted stamp and the solution to the equation. [modifies direct object]

The motion of the damping tubes shears the viscous fluid, dissipating the vibration energy of the structure. [modifies whole sentence]

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