Even if being is not used in this sentence, does it not give the same meaning?

A prince becomes all powerful, but still his priests fear God more than they do him. There is only one being left for the prince to conquer - God himself. And so he declares war on God.

Would the following have the same meaning

There is only one left...

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    Here being is a noun, meeaning a living entity. Without it it would be grammatical, but vague, because the one (which would then be a pronoun) would not be restricted in meaning.
    – Colin Fine
    Jul 31, 2021 at 17:27
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    Old-fashioned writing used to capitalise 'Being' when discussing God. Jul 31, 2021 at 20:35

1 Answer 1


The sentence "There is only one left for the prince to conquer" sounds better for a literary context because it adds suspense, which is quickly resolved with the next clause. This wording, as Colin pointed out, is ambiguous, but I think that's the point.

The meaning remains much the same.

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