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Being given the money, she left.

This can be shorten as follows:

Given the money, she left.

However would it be possible to shorten the following sentence?

Being told he had sixty days left, he changed his priorities and quit his job.

Told he had sixty days left, he changed his priorities and quit his job.

To me the last sentence doesn't sound good. However I wonder when it is possible to omit "Being" in those kind of sentences.

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  • Your second example needs a comma, otherwise the meaning is different.
    – user3169
    Aug 20, 2016 at 21:49
  • Doesn't sound what?
    – Catija
    Aug 20, 2016 at 21:59
  • @user3169 Please tell me....if the meaning of each sentence in the second example is different....so is in the first, right?
    – user36394
    Aug 20, 2016 at 22:04
  • The second version of the sentences may seem ambiguous: (Having) given the money (to someone)... and (Having) told (that) he had sixty days left..., whereas the first versions are OK.
    – Victor B.
    Aug 20, 2016 at 22:10

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Being told he had sixty days left, he changed his priorities and quit his job.

Told he had sixty days left, he changed his priorities and quit his job.

These both mean roughly the same thing.

Being given the money, she left.

means money was handed to her.

Given the money, she left.

could mean the same thing, but possibly given means:

3) specific or previously stated

for example:

She inherited a lot of money. Given the money, she left her neglectful boyfriend.

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  • Inherited might not be the best verb for your last example, given its relationship to the verb give. I'm just sayin. Aug 21, 2016 at 1:23
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The sentence without "Being" are correct. The phrases are past participle phrases and mean roughly

He was told that he had 60 days left, and so he changed priorities and quit his job.

The participle phrase acts as a complement to "He". In general a participle phrase doesn't ever need "Being"

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