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    Default possibility

    There is little possibility of an agreement being reached.

    Without 'being' in it as:

    There is little possibility of an agreement reached.

    would it still sound OK and make the same sense?

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    Default Re: possibility

    Hi,

    I don't thik so. You could say, however, "There is little possibility of reaching an agreement" withoout altering the meaning much (if at all)

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    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Default Re: possibility

    No.

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    Default Re: possibility

    No.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: possibility

    OK. But at least, the first one works fine, right?

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    Default Re: possibility

    Nope

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    Default Re: possibility

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Nope


    You mean this one doesn't work?

    There is little possibility of an agreement being reached.

    What is the problem with this sentence?

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    Default Re: possibility

    Hello.
    It's a gerund construction, isn't it?
    I'm very curious.
    Incidentally, I've found this: The Gerund. Fowler, H. W. 1908. The King's English

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    Default Re: possibility

    The first sentence is fine. I think Tdol's post was meant to be a response to the earlier posts, not the one that happened to post seconds before his.

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    Default Re: possibility

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    The first sentence is fine. I think Tdol's post was meant to be a response to the earlier posts, not the one that happened to post seconds before his.
    Good.

    So in the same way, this one works:

    Would you mind the door being closed for a moment?

    whereas this one doesn't, or does it?

    Would you mind the door closed for a moment?

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