I can not understand the usage of being in this sentence

He again protested about the work on the event of the planning being rejected by authority.

How is being used? Please explain grammatically in detail. What kind of phrase is the usage of being?

  • The title of the thread reminded me of the title of a book: "The Unbearable Lightness of Being". May 24, 2020 at 19:55
  • It's a very difficult sentence to understand. It's not clear how the preposition on is meant to be understood. Does on mean because or does on mean at the time of. After a reread it would appear it means because. On is not generally a suitable substitute for because.
    – EllieK
    Mar 4, 2021 at 14:10
  • The sentence is full of mistakes.
    – Lambie
    Mar 7, 2022 at 20:35
  • in the event of, not on the event of
    – Lambie
    Nov 5, 2023 at 18:44

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He again protested about the work on the event of the planning being rejected by authority.

I think "on the event of the planning" is intended as a description of "work", and its meaning isn't quite clear, so let's look at the sentence without it: the skeleton of the sentence is

He protested about the work being rejected.

The meaning is that he protested, and what he protested about was that the work was rejected.

That is a gerund clause, or "gerund-participial clause". It functions as the complement, or object, of the preposition "about". The subject of the clause is "work", the gerund is "being rejected" (which is a passive form).

Some other examples of that use of "being":
He liked being accepted. (direct object of "liked")
Being helpful was important to him. (subject of "was")

Going back to the deleted bit, "on the event of the planning", it would make more sense as "on the planning of the event". I suspect there's a mistake in the original.


I analyse this (very poor) sentence differently from Jack O'Flaherty.

I think that on the event of [the planning being rejected by authority] is an adjunct to "protested".

I agree with Jack that "being" forms part of a gerund-participle clause, but I believe that the clause is the planning being rejected by authority - "the planning" is the noun phrase which is the subject of the gerund clause.

I read the sentence as meaning

He again protested about the work, when the planning got rejected by the authority.

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