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'non-been Being'

The word 'being' can mean 'creature' or 'as' (i.e: 'being / as a rich man'). What is the meaning of 'non-been Being' exactly? . Is this ambiguous?
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Past participle

ex1) There is not any paper left.(OK) ex2) There is not any left paper.(X) I want to know why the past participle 'left' should be located at the end of the sentence like ex1.
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Introductory Participial Phrases with no antecedent

I asked a question similar to this before and did not receive a suitable answer so I am going to try again. In the business world where people often create unnecessarily complicated and poorly ...
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“starting from…ending with…”

A: How computers affect our everyday life? B: In a positive way, certainly. They help with so many things, starting from writing and printing your own essay and ending with developing advanced ...
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Determined/determining to make a good beginning, these new comers did all they could

I encountered an exercise on an app today, which asks me to choose a right word for the sentence: _____ to make a good beginning, these new-comers did all that they could to get themselves well-...
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Are Past Participles Non Finite Verbs?

I'm currently reading a book on syntax and it states the following: "Be careful not to confuse the past participle with the past tense...They differ, however in that the past tense form is finite, ...
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Use of ing without helping verbs

A few days ago I came across this post: "How people feel after sharing a post about Amazon forest fire thinking that will put it out". Since then I have not been able to comprehend the grammar ...
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…,starting / ending

1- Tryouts for select teams are held in August with practice starting in September. (What does "starting" modify here? ) 2- Free tokens will be issued for each tour starting at 8 p.m. in ...
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A man sitting here or seated here

What is the difference between the sentences below when the situation is a state condition. 1. A man is sitting in the Room. 2. A man is seated in the Room
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Spanning the life…(Use of participle)

...Spanning the life period from birth to the age of 18 months, the oral stage is the first of the five Freudian psychosexual development stages: (i) the oral, (ii) the anal, (iii) the phallic, (...
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Sentence construction with participles

A: A is drinking cups of coffee nonstop in the kitchen. B: What the hell! You trying to make your heart explode? A: I am loading up on coffee. Because it is a pain in the ass getting to ...
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Participles to convey purpose

He called the Fun Zone, asking to meet the guys from the video. Hi, I saw that sentence in a tv-series. I suppose I can rewrite it as: 1- "He called the Fun Zone and asked to meet the guys from ...
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Probability of dangling modifiers

1- Do you know my brother Ben, living in Hong Kong. I created a issue about this sentece above if it has a dangling modifiers in this website some time ago. I received an answer saying this sentence ...
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The placement of participles defining the subject of the main clause

As far as I know, we can use participles right before or after the subject of the main clause to give extra information about the subject. For example: 1- Dressed in his class-A uniform, the marine ...
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Participles to modify the subject of the main clause when the verb of the main clause is “to+be”

1- Essos is an immense landmass located to the east of Westeros, extending into the far east of the known world." (Essos is an immense landmass located..+ Essos extends into the far...) 2- He ...
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Spent time doing/ have no business doing something/ Have a job doing

I do not really understand the use of participles in these kind of sentences. 1- We spent the first month just debating what to call ourselves. 2- You had no business reading my private ...
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Different functions of participles

It is about saving lives, starting with mine." (A line from a tv series) (Context: He talks about time travel to save lives including his life.) I can't understand how that participle works here. I ...
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Omitting “and” and using participle instead

I was working a drug case, tracking this drug dealer for months. Then suddenly he disappeared. (From a tv-series) This sentence kind of confused me. In this sentence, what does participle imply? (...
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Omitting “being” after subject in absolute phrases

As far as I know, we can omit "being" in the sentence 1 and 2. 1- He smiled at his girlfriend, her clothes (being) all muddy and tattered. 2- His Ipad (being) dead, he felt bored. Can I ...
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Based on/ depending on

Are these phrasal verbs classified as "prepositions" ? I came across this page in a dictionary, it classifies "according to" as a preposition. Or they are just participles(reduced from a participle ...
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“Being” more precisely

Being more precisely, I just don't even know what "end up" means. I saw this sentece in a forum. Is use of "being" here correct? I would write it this way: To be more presicely, I just don't even ...
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Participles to modify the subject of the main clause

"Essos is an immense landmass located to the east of Westeros, extending into the far east of the known world." (Here, "extending" describes the Essos or does it describes the landmass? ) Having ...
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Functions of participle clauses?

I don't understand the function of participles in these sentences below. 1- She fled with her children, ending up in a shelter. (Does the action of the main clause( "fleeing") happen at the same ...
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Dangling participle?

As far as I know those two examples below considered wrong because of dangling participles. 1- For the interview, William borrowed Grandpa's old suit, draped neatly on a hanger. 2- Do you ...
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Using comma before a non-essential reduced relative clause which describes the object of the main clause

I am really confused about dangling phrases. Which sentences below are grammatically correct? I think just 1 and 4 are correct here? 1- Did you read Hamlet, which was written by William ...
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Using an adverbial phrase between the object and the participle?

There's been a gentleman here asking for you, sir. As far as I know, In this form the participle always comes immediately after the object of the main clause. After I saw this sentence above. A ...
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Using “ comma + participle clause” when the subject of the main clause is different

The touch of a cluster of leaves revolved it slowly, tracing, like the leg of compass, a thin red circle in the water. (Context: "It" is a laden mattress that carries the dead body of Gastsby and ...
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Is this an example of a gerund or a participle?

this is my first time asking a question in ELL, so I am sorry if I broke any rules. In the following sentence, is tapping a gerund or a participle? His tapping finger on the change mat speeded up ...
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Using “v-ing” after some phrases

I always think that we can use "v-ing" to combine two phrases when two interconnected activities are going on. For example : In sentence two, "explainig situation" and "having a hard time" is a ...
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Using comma before participles

As far as I know, when two action happen at the same time, I can combine these two sentence into one sentence by using participle form for the one of the actions. The thing what I am trying to ask ...
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Am I interpreting the difference correctly? “being + Pas Participle” Vs “Pas Participle” in contetxt

Consider these two self-made sentences below. Being armed with previous experiences, I decided to check the map at every crossroad. Armed with previous experiences, I decided to check the map ...
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Best description of the sentence

The policeman, running with all his speed, was scarcely able to overtake the thief. Which of the following sentence best describes the above sentence? A: The policeman ran with all his speed and ...
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Participle to finite verb

I have to rewrite the following sentence by changing the participle into a finite verb Going up the stairs, the boy fell down. According to me the answer should be While the boy was going up the ...
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Choose correct option

You have played instead of working or having worked. You are playing instead of working or having worked. You played cricket instead of working or having worked yesterday. I am confused in the above ...
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Joining two sentence s using a participle

I have to join two sentences using a participle. He staggered back. He sank to the ground. I think I can do it two ways ----- Staggering back, he sank to the ground. Having staggered back, ...
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A question related to participles

There is given a pair of sentences and I have to join the two sentences into one using a participle. We started early. We arrived at noon Answer was Starting/having started early, we arrived at ...
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Difference between adjectives and participle adjectives

Michael, bereft of his son Luke, died of a ,broken* heart. Broken is adjective or participle adjective. I think it is participle adjective, because it is formed from the verb break. But the book I am ...
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Difference between adjectives and participle adjectives in english

In the following sentence I have to identify participles. Michael, bereft of his son Luke, died of a broken heart. I think there are 2 participles bereft, broken But the answer was just bereft
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Who have done the act laughing in the sentence “The girl came to her mother laughing”?

The girl came to her mother laughing. Here who have done the act laughing? I mean whether it the girl or mother
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participial phrase into subordinate clause

Longer life spans mean more people, worsening food and housing supply difficulties. In the sentence above, how can I change the participial phrase ("worsening food and housing supply difficulties") ...
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Participle acting as an adjective

There was a gap in the hedge with some barbed wire strung across it. Is the phrase strung across it a participle acting as an adjective to describe barbed wire? Also, can which was be understood to ...
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meaning of having as main verb

Some long distance trains were having more number of compartments thus making the train longer than today. In this example above what is the use of the word having ?Is it a verb or a gerund or a ...
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“The donated books to ~” vs “The books donated to ~”

Is there any difference in meaning between, "This is about the donated books to our library" and "This is about the books donated to our library"? In the following problem, is it only ...
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Participle clauses with state verbs

I was told that the following does not work: Employees having children will be granted a day off. However, this sounds better: Having children, those employees will be granted a day off. What ...
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“generated data and information” vs “data and information generated”

The data and information generated are best interpreted in face-to-face meetimg. or The generated data and information are best interpreted in face-to-face meetimg. Which is correct? is there ...
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What's the difference between “doing my homework” and “to do my homework”?

Suddenly I got a question studying participle. I spent too much time yesterday doing my homework. I spent too much time yesterday to do my homework. Is no.2 grammatically correct? If so, ...
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Is it correct to use two present participles in one sentence?

E.g., Last night he sat by the sea, watching the waves which reminded him of the good old times he'd spent with his ex-girlfriend, and which awakened the sweet memories of his early relationship with ...
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He is asked me to dinner. Is the sentence right?

He is asked me to dinner. He is asking me to dinner. The first sentence come from a native speaker of English. Is it correct? What is the difference between the meaning what it expressed and the ...
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I have a secret that I have kept hidden from my circle of friends and family

When I was browsing internet. I saw this sentence. I have a doubt on the usage of "have kept hidden" What tense is it? Is it Active voice of present perfect? If so why there is a word "hidden" which ...
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verb form(past participle, present participle)

From The Analysis of Mind by Bertrand Russell: The traditional conception of cause and effect is one which modern science shows to be fundamentally erroneous, and requiring to be replaced by a ...