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Which sentence is normal?

The dog is often seen ...

A. ... running after its owner down the driveway.

B. ... running down the driveway after its owner.

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  • 2 months ago
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    The first is incorrect and ambiguous.  The second is correct.    running, running where? down the driveway.  running down the driveway.  why or what else is useful to know?  he is chasing his owner.

    The first suggests that the owner is down the driveway.  That might be, and it might even be what is intended, but it might not be as well.  You would be expected to say "running after the owner, who is down the driveway" if that was the intended meaning.

  • 2 months ago

    Both sentences are "normal" and correct. A stresses WHO the dog is chasing, B stresses WHERE the dog is chasing him.

    I see no ambiguity.But B does read a little better.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    The dog is often seen ...

    B. ... running down the driveway after its owner.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    B is correct. A is terrible. 

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  • 2 months ago

    Neither sentence is normal because they have incorrect punctuation in them.  "The dog is often seen ...... running after its owner down the driveway" has too many periods in it.

  • 2 months ago

    B. Sounds more natural to an American English speaker.

    A. Puts an emphasis on the dog running after it's owner a lot as though he misses his owner.. 

    B. Is more of a straightforward statement about a dog that's runs down the driveway.

    A.& B. Are both grammatically right.

    Source(s): Native Amdrican English speaker for 68 years.
  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    B is correct.  A is awkward.

  • 2 months ago

    Personally, I would find it more normal to go with option B.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Both are grammar correct. Sometimes there is ambiguity in this double phrasing, but these are clear.

    "A" is better.  "A" says the the dog is running after its owner, and it occurs down the driveway."B" says the dog is running down the driveway, and it is because he is going to his owner.

    or...

    The dog is running TO ITS OWNER down the driveway.

    The dog is running DOWN THE DRIVEWAY to its owner.

    That is the difference. The dog would not be running down the driveway if its owner wasn't there.

  • 2 months ago

    B sounds better however A is still acceptable.

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