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Is the sentence below grammatically correct?

Being so many people ill, I have cancelled the meeting.

If not, please explain the grammar behind it.

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The usual pattern when beginning a sentence with being is

Being that and the reason

Being that so many people are ill...
Being that the weather is so hot...

which has a similar understanding as because

Because so many people are ill...
Because the weather is so hot...

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    Alternately, So many people being ill...
    – stangdon
    May 5, 2017 at 11:04
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No, that's not acceptable. There are a few alternatives, but if you want to retain the gerund-participial clause you need "there" as subject:

There being so many people ill, I have cancelled the meeting.

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