Pumas never attack a human being except when they are cornered.

Can I replace ‘except when they are cornered’ by ‘except being cornered’?

  • You can certainly reduce the "exception" clause to ...except when cornered (without being). It's not idiomatically essential to repeat the subject noun pumas (or pronoun they) here. I'm sure there would be syntactically similar contexts where you could feasibly discard contextually-obvious when, but offhand I can't think of an example, and this definitely isn't one of them. In short, it's syntactically valid to make a wide variety of "reductions" by discarding obvious and/or repeated elements, but the results are not always idiomatically valid. – FumbleFingers May 22 at 12:49

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