Being can be used as a subordinate clause or a noun clause to give explanatory background information. Consider my sentence in this context :

Being entertained by smartphones and gaming gadgets, children these days have turned their backs on real-life entertainment such as playing sports, listening to stories and spending time with family members.

Is this sentence correct? All the sentences I am trying to make are subordinate clause sentences.

Can you give an example of a noun clause using being as a background information provider?

  • I have modified your example slightly to correct small idiomatic errors. Oct 10, 2020 at 15:01

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The use of the clause Being entertained by smartphones and gaming gadgets is correct in your sentence. Here is an example of a noun clause using 'being'.

Being constantly entertained by smartphones and gadgets could have serious consequences for children.

The clause in your sentence seems to be a participle clause:

  • @kandyman..its so similar to my subordinate clause but what is the difference? Oct 10, 2020 at 16:04
  • An entire noun clause can be replaced by 'it' and still remains grammatical. In your sentence, the clause appears to be a participle clause which means 'because'. [links added to post]
    – kandyman
    Oct 10, 2020 at 16:15

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