did not open the door

Is this sentence correct:

[color=red]1-I did not open the door, letting the cat go out.
Meaning: I did not open the door and let the cat out.

Gratefully,
Navi.

Yes, that’s possible, though it’s far more awkwardly phrased than the sentence given as the meaning, so why not just use that?

Hi Navi,

I think you are saying that someone is maintaining that it wasn’t their fault that the cat went out. If that is the case, you need to join up the two actions like this:

I did not open the door thereby letting the cat go out.

or

I did not open the door and thereby let the cat out.

Alan

If they are joined up (as Navi’s alternative suggests), won’t the sentence then mean “I did not open the door and I did not let the cat out”?