Can I omit "being" in such cases. (preposition + being + adjective)

For example:

1- Despite (being) poor, he was happy.

2- He was very fast in spite of (being) terribly overweight.

3- The conclusions were far from (being) accurate.

4- Someone mentioned her as (being) vulnerable.


One and two you cannot remove it but for three and four you can. This is because the word "being" before another word means that the word (in #1 this word would be "poor") describes the person ("he" in #1). You can reword it to have the same meaning in these examples:

Number 1 means: he is poor but he is also happy.
Number 2 means: he is fast but he is also terribly overweight.

However, #'s 3 & 4, you can remove being because "from" in #3 and "as" in #4 already link the adjectives ("accurate" in #3 and "vulnerable" in #4) to the subject ("the conclusions" in #3 and "her" in #4).

These ones, you cannot reword it into the format as before because there is only one adjective in each sentence.

Hope this helps.

  • Thank you. I need to ask you one more thing. It may sound awkward :). Should I use "being" in such situations (preposition + being + preposition) For example: He fall over in spite of (being) on his feet. (I don't know if the example is good enough to explain the issue.) – Talha Özden Jun 21 '19 at 18:32

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