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Several countries have attempted to do this, ours being the last one.

This is not a participal clause as there are two different subjects.

What if I put is instead?

Thanks in advance.

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  • I would word the sentence as 'Several countries have attempted to do this, ours (or our country) is the most recent to do so.' Your country is the last one only if no other county ever attempt to do this in the future. Sep 7 '19 at 8:12
  • @MarkRipley I wonder if you could please tell me the grammar of being in this context. My sentence is just an example.
    – user100323
    Sep 7 '19 at 8:22
  • It was "was" vs "being" before. Edited
    – user100323
    Sep 15 '19 at 10:07
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Remember that "is" and "was" are different tenses of the verb "to be".

So, you are quite correct that your sentence could mean the same if you said:

Several countries have attempted to do this, ours was the last one.

The expression you are asking about which uses the present tense "being" is quite common and idiomatic. Because you are speaking about a number of countries that have attempted something, and you are identifying your country from that collection, it is quite correct to use the present tense. If that seems odd, imagine that all these countries that have made past attempts are presented to you in a list, and you are asked to identify your country from that list. You would say "that one is my country", not "that one was my country" - because it is still your country.

So, saying:

Several countries have attempted to do this, ours being the last one.

Your country is the last on a list of countries that attempted whatever it is they attempted.

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  • Can I add "with" and say: "... with ours being the last one."
    – user100323
    Nov 2 '19 at 15:19

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