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What does the form"in+verb+ing"mean?
I read an article and following is the part of that article.
When asked about the impact of the French Revolution, Mao Zedong is said to have quipped: "It's too soon to tell." In missing the deadline for his report on the Ayodhya demolition of 1992 some 48 times, Justice M S Liberhan may not have been driven by any such noble quest for detachment.
What does "in missing"mean?
I think one of the followings given can give a somewhat similar meaning.
1)Since he missed the deadline......
2)After missing the deadline.......
3) Because he missed the deadline......
For more context A truth nobody will ever admit - The Times of India
Could you please give "the list of words"(or at least any link which contains it ) which comes in the starting of the sentence?.
1)Considering his popularity, we can say he will definitively win the election.
2)Regarding jack, I don't know when he will come .
[QUOTE=Yes, all of these are close to the meaning generally. Also, "By missing ..."
But "In missing" doesn't always mean the same thing. In the example you've given, it doesn't mean any of the above. It means "Justice M S Liberhan's missing of the deadline for his report may not have been driven by any such noble quest for detachment."
Here, it means more like, "The reason for his missing of the dealine ... "
So, one can understand it as "The reason for his missing of the deadline is perhaps not that he have been driven by any such noble quest for detachment."
The reason may be something else but perhaps not this one.
Can I use different word in this form.
1)In asking question he may not have genuine doubt.(He perhaps does have genuine doubt but he is asking question)
Last edited by david11; 08-Dec-2011 at 14:36.
Notice the difference between saying:
"The decision is because he may not have had noble reasons." and
"The decision may not be because he had noble reasons"
The first is saying what the reason is; the second isn't. The second is more legally defensible.
1)He is a good boy.(directly saying)
2)He may be a good boy.(indirectly saying)
In the second sentence we can take both that "He is a good boy or He is not a good boy" depending upon the context.
Thank you sir.
Thank you for your replies sir.