I was asked by one of my students the other day about the following structure:
"I like many sports, football being my favourite."
I wonder if anyone could shed some light on the grammatical significance of the continuous verb form 'being' used here, and how it corresponds with other elements in the sentence. When one replaces the verb with the copula 'is', the resultant effect is a more distanced relationship between the two clauses.
Additionally, one could not say the reverse:
"Football being my favourite, I like many sports."
Is there a particular term for this structure?
Thanks in advance for any thoughts on the matter.