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Here are some sentences about 'after being'

  1. Schoolgirl awarded €20,000 after being locked in classroom.


  1. Girl dies after being struck by lightning.


  1. Two people die after being swept away by river.


I think we can use 'after being+past participle' when one action immediately follows another action. For example: Girl dies after being struck by lightning.

Here, It means: Girl dies after she was struck by lightning.

Am I correct?

I think I can change 'dies' into 'died'.

For example:

Girl died after being struck by lightning.

Why has 'Girl dies' been written in the news even if she died in past?

marked as duplicate by FumbleFingers, Glorfindel, Nathan Tuggy, P. E. Dant, shin Oct 27 '16 at 2:34

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    Possible duplicate of Differences in meaning when the verb tense changes (headlines) And Understanding the simple present use when reporting past events, which was closed as a duplicate of the former (there will be others, I'm sure). – FumbleFingers Oct 26 '16 at 17:53
  • What about my 1st question? – yubraj Oct 26 '16 at 18:08
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    You're only supposed to as one question in a post. And given your "first" question asks about the validity of Girl dies after she was struck by lightning, which could only occur in a "headlinese" context (trust me, no native speakers actually speak like that) it seems fair to choose the latter for a dup closevote. There are probably also duplicates asking about exactly how after can be used, but you haven't set out very clearly what you're asking there. – FumbleFingers Oct 26 '16 at 19:45

News headlines like to describe things in present tense to make them more exciting and interesting to readers.

See this English stack exchange answer


Yes, you are correct about the meaning of "after being". "Girl dies after being struck by lightening" is the same as "Girl dies after she was struck by lightening".

  • And what about my first question? – yubraj Oct 26 '16 at 18:06
  • Updated my answer – jmartindill Oct 26 '16 at 18:10
  • Ok, I upvoted your answer – yubraj Oct 26 '16 at 18:14

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