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I'm confused with the use of the participle phrase

The first REM period may begin only a half hour after falling asleep. In the sentence, I'm confused with the use of the phrase after falling asleep. Please explain it to me.
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Is it grammatical to use "[verb]-ing an [object] by an [subject]"?

The story is about the stoning an innocent young woman for adultery by a group of radical religious hypocrites. In the above sentence "radical religious hypocrites" is the subject who did the ...
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"I'm not surprised at him/his having difficulties with the exam"

I'm not surprised at him/his having difficulties with the exam Is it him or his? Why is it so? What is the grammar rule here? What would be some other examples where this rule is used?
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Wish you never + gerund or verb?

Which is true and please explain why? Happy birthday. Wish you never grow up ! Happy birthday. Wish you never growing up ! In fact I'm confused. I don't know which one is true? Up to now I have ...
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When do I use preposition in + ing?

I am confused while using the preposition "in" in the below context. The wider provision of electricity supplies is a critical factor in reducing global poverty levels? Why can't I say "...a ...
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A question about two structures

I've read in a grammar text that : I don't like people telling me what to do. I don't like being told what to do. The author claimed that 1,2 convey same information in reader. However, I ...
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"A start to answering..." (To + verb + ing)

I'm a native speaker, and I'm having trouble figuring out if something I said is just bad English or if it is correct (but just sounds strange). A friend asked me a question, and I said, "I'm not ...
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Having a problem with "having"

Consider the following sentence: In one study, 83 percent of 140 male and female executives in variety of businesses report having a mentor when they were younger. More specifically, ...(they) ...
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Except + gerund or infitive

1 The graduate student had nothing in mind except finishing his thesis. 2 The mason will not do any work except giving the order. Both sentences use -ing of verb finish and give. I know these ...
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"logical subject" of verbals

Native speakers, could you please define "logical subject" of verbals (infinitive, gerund, participle)? I am Chinese and some of my grammar books define "logical subject" as the agent of the action, ...
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There being no reasonable relationship

“There being” is allegedly an absolute phrase. Moreover, because “there being” is the present participle of “there be”, I'd like to learn how to parse/unravel “there be”, to determine/deduce this ...
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Can a predicative clause be simplified to a gerund structure since both of them could be used as a predicative?

Can a predicative clause be simplified to a gerund structure since both of them could be used as a predicative? Do "My idea is that the child should be sent to school" and "My idea is the child being ...
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Popular shows feature artists designing ...

Popular television shows feature artists designing everything from new clothes to delicious food dishes. Why don't use "who design" in the sentence?
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"recently" and present continuous tense

The system will be reviewed due to a number of malfunctions being reported recently. In this sentence, what does "being" indicate? Does it mean that malfunctions are currently reported? Also, is it ...
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"their having a mind"

What, according to the functionalist, is the difference between things which merely have functional roles and things whose functional roles amount to their having a mind? Different people may ...
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