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Is there any difference between these sentences? Is either one preferred?

Feeling cold, she turned the heater on.

Being cold, she turned the heater on.

I somehow feel "Feeling" is more often used looking back my English experience. (I'm a teacher, not a student.)

To tell you the background, these are two possible answers for a question in my English workbook. There is not context because it's just a grammar drill. The correct answer list shows only "Feeling" as the correct answer, though it doesn't say "Being" is wrong.

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The correct answer list shows only "Feeling" as the correct answer, though it doesn't say "Being" is wrong.

Correct. "Feeling cold" is the better answer.

"Being cold" is awkward, but we do say "I am cold," and "It is cold," when we actually mean "I feel cold."

  • Thanks. Do you have any idea why it's awkward to use "Being cold" while it's fine in other forms? I thought it might be because of the unclarity of the subject: the subject can be a (group of) person or "it" Wouldn't it be awkward in a sentence like "Being cold, it started to snow?" – TommyHigginsELL Nov 18 '18 at 6:26
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    @TommyHigginsELL The best I can explain, is "Being cold" implies that's how she is in her normal state, something that doesn't change: "Being 24 years old,..." "Being Portuguese,…" Being sensitive to the cold,…" whereas "Feeling cold,…" is a temporary sensory perception. – wetcircuit Nov 18 '18 at 6:33

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