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    Default Adverb clause

    Adverbial clauses can be reduced by omitting the subject and the verb to be:

    While I was watching TV , I fell asleep.
    While watching TV , I fell asleep.

    Why this happen?

    He was sent to hospital after he was attacked by a man.



    He was sent to hospital after being attacked by a man.

    Why does the reduced version in bold have the word being inserted?


    Thanks in advance

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    Default Re: Adverb clause

    Quote Originally Posted by heisazadeh View Post
    Adverbial clauses can be reduced by omitting the subject and the verb to be:

    While I was watching TV , I fell asleep.
    While watching TV , I fell asleep.

    Why this happen?

    He was sent to hospital after he was attacked by a man.



    He was sent to hospital after being attacked by a man.

    Why does the reduced version in bold have the word being inserted?


    Thanks in advance

    I think it is because you'd use -ing form after prepositions "after" in this case. sorry for repeating the word

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    Default Re: Adverb clause

    As far as the subjet is the same in both sentences I guess you can do it, but what happens when the subject is different?

    While he was watching tv, I came in

    Simply you can't, because if you did it would sound quite weird. No one would know who was doing such a thing.

    Regarding the second example both the subordinate and the principal sentences have the same subject.

    I was taken to hospital after he bit me , you can’t say: I was taken to hospital after biting me ?????

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    Default Re: Adverb clause

    Quote Originally Posted by ratóncolorao View Post
    As far as the subjet is the same in both sentences I guess you can do it, but what happens when the subject is different?

    While he was watching tv, I came in

    Simply you can't, because if you did it would sound quite weird. No one would know who was doing such a thing.

    Regarding the second example both the subordinate and the principal sentences have the same subject.

    I was taken to hospital after he bit me , you can’t say: I was taken to hospital after biting me ?????

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    Yes, that works if you have the same subject. In passive transformations and in your sentence you could say:
    "I was taken to hospital after being bitten by (him)"?? (that's sounds strange ) by a dog, for example.

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    Default Re: Adverb clause

    Try looking at the difference between "while" and "after" as well who is the subject.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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