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    Default Re: Is the sentence fine?

    You might be familiar with a usage like this:

    The protest drew about 100 people yesterday, many of them BEING students and academics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Thanks, Raymott.

    Could you please let me know the difference between the two sentences?
    I thought they had the same meaning.
    They do have the same meaning. That does not mean there is no structural difference between them.
    They do, but I originally said that the presence or absence of "were" was the only difference; but I changed that because, on looking closely at the sentences again, it is obviously not true. (2. has "whom" in it, while 1 doesn't; 1 has "them" in it, while 2 doesn't.)

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    Default Re: Is the sentence fine?

    Comma splice -> The protest drew about 100 people yesterday, many of them WERE students and academics.

    Comma splice
    -> a) The protest drew about 100 people yesterday. Many of them WERE students and academics.
    b) The protest drew about 100 people yesterday; many of them WERE students and academics.
    c) The protest drew about 100 people yesterday, many of them students and academics.
    d) The protest drew about 100 people yesterday, many of them BEING students and academics.

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    Default Re: Is the sentence fine?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    You might be familiar with a usage like this:

    The protest drew about 100 people yesterday, many of them BEING students and academics.
    Thanks, Bennevis.

    I wonder whether 'being' should be in the above sentence. Please help me clear my doubt.

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    Default Re: Is the sentence fine?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Thanks, Bennevis.

    I wonder whether 'being' should be in the above sentence. Please help me clear my doubt.
    It's unnecessary, it doesn't sound very natural; but no one has yet suggested that it's actually wrong. I wouldn't use it, and I'd suggest that, if you don't like it, you don't use it either.

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    Default Re: Is the sentence fine?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Thanks, Bennevis.

    I wonder whether 'being' should be in the above sentence. Please help me clear my doubt.
    I put it in there just to show you what could make it sound a bit better and more understandable.

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