I am unsure about the following sentence:

With research being an important milestone for the faculty, I hope to increase the output of my publications in the future.

I'm unsure about starting the sentence with 'with'. Is the above grammatically correct?

  • Grammatically this sentence is fine. Often the overt subject of a Gerund-Participle clause can be introduced by with. But I am unable to get the meaning of this sentence. It might happen that in context it would make perfect sense. Commented Feb 27, 2017 at 15:59
  • I think there's often a difference in nuance between With X being true, [I will do Y] and As/Since X is true, [I will do Y]. The first version often implies that X is a temporary condition (there's the implicit possibility of being without X). On the other hand, the second works better when X is a "timeless, universal" truth. Hence With rents in central London being so high, he had to live in the suburbs, and Since nothing can travel faster than light, it's unlikely humanity will ever colonise another galaxy. Commented Aug 14, 2021 at 12:25

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The sentence is correct as it is. The initial clause is known as an absolute construction, formed by the subject of the clause and the verb in "ing".

Absolute constructions can be introduced by "with", and usually express time or reason:

  • As research is an important milestone for the faculty, I hope...
  • You could also write Because instead of As. Commented Dec 19, 2018 at 15:50

It's grammatically correct, although a somewhat uncommon construction. It's also a little bit hard to read.

A clearer way to write this:

Because research is important for the faculty, I hope to increase my publishing output.

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